Award-eligible Fiction: 2018

by on Nov 16, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

It’s award season again, and time for another post highlighting our award-eligible fiction.

Depending on which award you might be reading for, you’ll have more interests in some stories than others. I’ve put a very high-level genre label on each work, so if you’re a Stoker Award reader you’ll be able to cherry pick the horror shorts versus a World Fantasy Award reader who is more interested in the fantasy work, and so on. Of course, we hope you read all the stories.

I’ve also included the word count. We did publish a handful of stories longer than 7500 words this year so don’t forget about our novelettes! I’ve highlighted the word count of novelettes in bold face.

The stories at the end of the list haven’t been published online yet. As they’re published, we will update this post.

“Asylum of Cuckoos” by Lila Bowen (urban fantasy, 6200 words)

“To Blight a Fig Tree Before It Bears Fruit” by Benjamín Naka-Hasebe Kingsley (sci-horror, 1400 words)

“A Night Out at a Nice Place” by Nick Mamatas (science fiction, 2900 words)

“The Heaven-Moving Way” by Chi Hui (science fiction, 4300 words)

“Symphony to a City Under the Stars” by Armando Saldaña (dark fantasy, 2500 words)

“The Best Friend We Never Had” by Nisi Shawl (science fiction, 6600 words)

“A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies” by Alix Harrow (fantasy, 4900 words)

“Work, and Ye Shall Eat” by Walker McKnight (sci-horror, 7300 words)

“Irregularity” by Rachel Harrison (sci-horror, 7500 words)

“A Priest of Vast and Distant Places” by Cassandra Khaw (magical realism, 2100 words)

“We Are New(s)” by Bentley A. Reese (science fiction, 2900 words)

“Clap Your Hands” by Andrew F. Kooy (dark fantasy/horror, 3300 words)

“The Sharp Edges of Anger” by Jamie Lackey (dark fantasy/horror, 2200 words)

“Murders Fell From Our Wombs” by Tlotlo Tsamaase (dark fantasy/horror, 7600 words)

“Stars So Sharp They Break the Skin” by Matthew Sanborn Smith (science fiction, 5000 words)

“Cold Blue Sky” by JE Bates (science fiction, 4000 words)

“Mother Jones and the Nasty Eclipse” by Cherie Priest (dark fantasy, 2700 words)

“Fifteen Minutes Hate” by Rich Larson (sci-horror, 1400 words)

“Cherry Wood Coffin” by Eugenia Triantafyllou (horror, 700 words)

“Three Meetings of the Pregnant Man Support Group” by James Beamon (science fiction, 5300 words)

“Suzie Q” by Jacqueline Carey (dark fantasy/horror, 5800 words)

“When You’re Ready” by M. Ian Bell (science fiction, 6400 words)

“The Chariots, the Horsemen” by Stephanie Malia Morris (dark fantasy/horror, 1700 words)

“Kerouac’s Renascence” by Tal M. Klein (science fiction, 9500 words)

“For Southern Girls When the Zodiac Ain’t Near Enough” by Eden Royce (dark fantasy, 2500 words)

“Prism” by Stefanie Elrick (dark fantasy, 5000 words)

“La Ciguapa, For the Reeds, For Herself” by J.M. Guzman (dark fantasy, 4700 words)

“Gasping” by Brandon O’Brien (dark fantasy, 3500 words)

“Jewel of the Vashwa” by Jordan Kurella (sci-horror, 3300 words)

“The Barnum Effect” by Celia Neri (science fiction, 4500 words)

“Field Biology of the Wee Fairies” by Naomi Kritzer (dark fantasy, 4700 words)

“River Street” by S.R. Mandel (magical realism, 700 words)

“Coyote Now Wears a Suit” by Ani Fox (dark fantasy, 5400 words)

“A Siren’s Cry is a Song of Sorrow” by Stina Leicht (dark fantasy/horror, 7600 words)

“With Lips Sewn Shut” by Kristi DeMeester (dark fantasy/horror, 4200 words)

“Bargains by the Slant-Light” by Cassandra Khaw (horror, 1000 words)

“The Standard of Ur” by Hassan Abdulrazzak (sci-horror, 7300 words)

“Toward a New Lexicon of Augury” by Sabrina Vourvoulias (science fiction, 7000 words)

“Godzilla vs. Buster Keaton, Or: I Didn’t Even Need a Map” by Gary A. Braunbeck (sci-horror, 11400 words)

Master Brahms by Storm Humbert (science fiction, 5100 words)

On the Day You Spend Forever With Your Dog by Adam R. Shannon (science fiction, 3700 words)

Captain Midrise by Jim Marino (dark fantasy, 5400 words) //

Girls Who Do Not Drown by A.C. Buchanan (dark fantasy, 2900 words)


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