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2020 British Fantasy Awards Shortlist – Locus Online – Locus Online

The British Fantasy Society has announced the shortlist for the 2020 British Fantasy Awards. The nominees are:

Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)

  • The Bone Ships, RJ Barker (Orbit)
  • The Ten Thousand Doors of January, Alix E. Harrow (Orbit)
  • The Migration, Helen Marshall (Titan)
  • The Poison Song, Jen Williams (Headline)

Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)

  • The Plague Stones, James Brogden (Titan)
  • The Institute, Stephen King (Hodder & Stoughton)
  • The Twisted Ones, T. Kingfisher (Titan)
  • Mistletoe, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher)
  • The Migration, Helen Marshall (Titan)
  • The Reddening, Adam Nevill (Ritual Limited)

Best Novella

  • “Butcher’s Table”, Nathan Ballingrud (Wounds)
  • Ragged Alice, Gareth L. Powell (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Ormeshadow, Priya Sharma (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Deep, Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson & Jonathan Snipes (Gallery)
  • The Survival of Molly Southbourne, Tade Thompson (Tor.com Publishing)
  • The Ascent to Godhood, JY Yang (Tor.com Publishing)

Best Short Story

  • “Dendrochronology”, Penny Jones (The Woods)
  • “The Pain-Eater’s Daughter”, Laura Mauro (Sing Your Sadness Deep)
  • “I Say (I Say, I Say)”, Robert Shearman (Tales from the Shadow Booth, Vol. 3)
  • “Tomorrow, When I Was Young“, Julie Travis (Eibonvale)

Best Collection

  • This House of Wounds, Georgina Bruce (Undertow)
  • Of Wars, and Memories, and Starlight, Aliette de Bodard (Subterranean)
  • Sing Your Sadness Deep, Laura Mauro (Undertow)
  • The Boughs Withered When I Told Them My Dreams, Maura McHugh (NewCon)
  • Growing Things, Paul Tremblay (Titan)

Best Anthology

  • A Secret Guide to Fighting Elder Gods, Jennifer Brozek, ed. (Pulse)
  • Once Upon a Parsec: The Book of Alien Fairy Tales, David Gullen, ed. (NewCon)
  • Wonderland, Marie O’Regan & Paul Kane, eds. (Titan)
  • New Suns: Original Speculative Fiction for People of Color, Nisi Shawl, ed. (Solaris)
  • The Woods, Phil Sloman, ed. (Hersham Horror)
  • The Big Book of Classic Fantasy, Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, eds. (Vintage)

Best Independent Press

  • Aqueduct
  • Black Shuck
  • Luna
  • NewCon
  • Rebellion
  • Undertow

Best Non-Fiction

  • Joanna Russ, Gwyneth Jones (University of Illinois Press)
  • The Pleasant Profession of Robert A. Heinlein, Farah Mendlesohn (Unbound)
  • “Notes from the Borderland”, Lynda E Rucker (Black Static 9-10/20)
  • The Full Lid, Alasdair Stuart
  • The Dark Fantastic: Race and the Imagination from Harry Potter to the Hunger Games, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas (New York University Press)
  • Coffinmaker’s Blues: Collected Writings on Terror, Stephen Volk (PS)

Best Magazine / Periodical

  • Black Static
  • The Dark
  • Fiyah
  • Gingernuts of Horror
  • Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • Shoreline of Infinity

Best Artist

  • Ben Baldwin
  • Vince Haig
  • Jackie Morris
  • David Rix

Best Comic / Graphic Novel

  • DIE, Kieron Gillen & Stephanie Hans (Image)
  • Basketful of Heads #1, Joe Hill, Leomacs & Dave Stewart (DC)
  • The Ozone Diary, Tero Mielonen & Pentti Otsamo (Luna)
  • B.P.R.D. The Devil You Know, Vol. 3: Ragna Rok, Mike Mignola, Scott Allie, Laurence Campbell, et al. (Dark Horse)
  • 2000AD, Matt Smith, ed. (Rebellion)
  • DCeased #1-6, Tom Taylor, Trevor Hairsine, Stefano Gaudiano, et al. (DC)

Best Audio

  • Breaking the Glass Slipper
  • PodCastle
  • PseudoPod
  • Speculative Spaces

Best Film / Television Production

  • Game of Thrones: “The Long Night”
  • Us
  • Watchmen: “It’s Summer and We’re Running Out of Ice”
  • The Witcher: “Rare Species”

Best Newcomer (the Sydney J Bounds Award)

  • Ta-Nehisi Coates, for The Water Dancer (One World)
  • Alix E. Harrow, for The Ten Thousand Doors of January (Orbit)
  • Penny Jones, for Suffer Little Children (Black Shuck)
  • Tamsyn Muir, for Gideon the Ninth (Tor.com Publishing)
  • Nina Oram, for The Joining (Luna)

Winners will be chosen by jury, except for the special award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award), which is chosen by the BFS committee.


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