The 2016 Hugo award winners

Best novel: The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit)

Best novella: Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (

Best novelette: “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, translated Ken Liu (Uncanny Magazine, Jan-Feb 2015)

Best short story: “Cat Pictures Please” by Naomi Kritzer (Clarkesworld, January 2015)

Best related work: No Award

Best graphic story: The Sandman: Overture written by Neil Gaiman, art by J.H. Williams III (Vertigo)

Best dramatic presentation (long form): The Martian screenplay by Drew Goddard, directed by Ridley Scott (Scott Free Productions; Kinberg Genre; TSG Entertainment; 20th Century Fox)

Best dramatic presentation (short form): Jessica Jones: “AKA Smile” written by Scott Reynolds, Melissa Rosenberg, and Jamie King, directed by Michael Rymer (Marvel Television; ABC Studios; Tall Girls Productions; Netflix)

Best editor – short form: Ellen Datlow

Best editor – long form: Sheila E. Gilbert

Best professional artist: Abigail Larson

Best semiprozine: Uncanny Magazine edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, and Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky

Best fanzine: File 770 edited by Mike Glyer

Best fancast: No Award

Best fan writer: Mike Glyer

Best fan artist: Steve Stiles

The John W. Campbell Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of 2014 or 2015, sponsored by Dell Magazines (not a Hugo Award): Andy Weir


The Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize 2016: The Longlist

Actually, it’s been years since I paid attention to lit prize lists. However, I must say that children’s lit prize shortlisted, and even longlisted, books have rarely disappointed me, unlike, say, the Booker’s shortlists and winners.

This year’s longlist for the Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize:

Chasing the Stars by Malorie Blackman

The Marvels by Brian Selznick

Riverkeep by Martin Stewart

Crongton Knights by Alex Wheatle

The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

Sweet Pizza by GR Gemin

Hell and High Water by Tanya Landman

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

This year’s judges are David Almond, Kate Saunders and SF Said.

The shortlist will be released in October, while the winner will be announced on 17th November.

For a one-stop read about the shortlisted titles and authors, read the Guardian’s article.




Judith Kerr, a lifetime creating dearly loved books

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Judith Kerr, with the tiger who came to tea. Photo credit: Guy Bell/Rex/Shutterstock

Judith Kerr has received a lifetime achievement award from UK literary charity Book Trust.

This is the second time this prize has been awarded. The first honouree was author/illustrator Shirley Hughes.

Kerr is the author and illustrator best known for her picture books The Tiger Who Came to Tea and the Mog series, as well the biographical trilogy that begins with the excellent When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit.

Read more here.

The Caine Prize for African Writing 2016: Lidudumalingani

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Lidudumalingani, from South Africa, has been announced the winner of the Caine Prize for African Writing 2016. His short story, Memories We Lost, was published in Incredible Journey: Stories That Move You (Burnet Media, South Africa, 2015). Lidudumalingani is also a filmmaker.

Read Brittle Paper’s interview with the author go here, and the winning story, as well as all the shortlisted stories here.

Asian Stories for Asian Children

SABA-logo_132_173_90The Scholastic Asian Book Award (SABA) is a joint initiative between the National Book Development Council of Singapore (NBDCS) and Scholastic Asia that aims to promote Asian experiences and expression in creative and innovative forms.

This award recognises writers of Asian origin whose manuscripts have the potential to share uniquely Asian experiences of life, spirit, and thinking with the rest of the world.

The SABA is held every two years and the closing date for submissions for the next cycle (SABA 2018) is on 22nd December, 2017. (Download the rules & regulaions and entry form.)

The winner of the prize wins SGD10,000. In addition, his/her manuscript, along with four other shortlisted entries, will be considered for publication by Scholastic Malaysia.

This year saw the publication of books by the winner of SABA 2014, Sophia Lee, and two of the shortlisted authors from that award cycle, Catherine Torres and Xie Shi Min.

Their books are now available in selected bookstores in Malaysia, Singapore and the Philippines. Read More »