Our 2021 Locus Awards Finalists!


Updated 6/28/21: Silvia Moreno-Garcia is the winner of the 2021 Locus Award for Best Horror Novel!

This week is starting on a high note for JABberwocky — the 2021 Locus Awards shortlists were announced and seven of our clients were nominated!

It may surprise no one that both Grady Hendrix and Silvia Moreno-Garcia are on the list for Horror Novel. Grady’s THE SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB’S GUIDE TO SLAYING VAMPIRES released in spring last year to a lot of critical and commercial acclaim, making it the perfect summer horror read. Silvia’s MEXICAN GOTHIC followed a few months later, racking up time on multiple bestseller lists and a few other award nominations as well. Both novels have been optioned for film/tv and showcase what makes the horror genre so good.

In the Young Adult category, Justina Ireland earns a spot with DEATHLESS DIVIDE, the intense and deeply thrilling follow-up to the bestselling DREAD NATION. The series combines elements of thriller, horror, alternate history, and zombie fiction effortlessly while also exploring racial discrimination and nationalism. And to quote Locus Magazine itself, “DEATHLESS DIVIDE is staggering in what it achieves. It’s satisfying, exciting at times, and powerful.”

Aliette de Bodard, represented by Zeno Literary in the UK, has four works nominated across three categories! She has not one but two novellas nominated — OF DRAGONS, FEASTS AND MURDERS (published in our ebook program!) and SEVEN OF INFINITIES. Her novelette, “The Inaccessibility of Heaven“, featured in Uncanny 07-08/20, and her short story, “In the Lands of the Spill“, are also up for Locus Awards.

Neil Clarke is also listed for three categories! THE BEST SCIENCE FICTION OF THE YEAR, VOL. 5, compiling the best and most buzzworthy sci-fi stories, is shortlisted for the Anthology award. A Hugo and World Fantasy Award-winning editor and publisher, Neil is also a contender for the Editor award, with Clarkesworld up for the Magazine category. Clarkesworld also published another Novelette nominee, “A Stick of Clay, in the Hands of God, is Infinite Potential.“

Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, co-publishers extraordinaire, are also up for the Magazine award with their award-winning Uncanny Magazine. They are both nominated for the Editor category as well, making it the fourth time they have been finalists for the award! Two of the Novelette nominees, including Aliette, and four of the Short Story contenders in this year’s Locus Awards were published in Uncanny!

Congratulations to the nominees! We’re keeping everything crossed for June 26th!