Announcing the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards Nominees 2021!


Awards season is upon us and I’m honoured and humbled to have been asked to be a judge on the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards panel this year. After much chaotic discussion the nominees have been chosen. Readers, feast your eyes on the shortlists:

BEST FANTASY

THE ONCE AND FUTURE WITCHES by Alix E. Harrow
THE MIDNIGHT BARGAIN by C. L. Polk
COMET WEATHER by Liz Williams
THE WOLF OF OREN-YARO by K. S. Villoso
BLACK SUN by Rebecca Roanhorse
THE HOUSE IN THE CERULEAN SEA by T. J. Klune



BEST SCIENCE FICTION

DEAL WITH THE DEVIL by Kit Rocha
NOPHEK GLOSS by Essa Hansen
THE VANISHED BIRDS by Simon Jiminez
GOLDILOCKS by Laura Lam
THE SPACE BETWEEN WORLDS by Micaiah Johnson
REPO VIRTUAL by Corey J. White



BEST BLURRED BOUNDARIES

THE BONE SHARD DAUGHTER by Andrea Stewart
INTERIOR CHINATOWN by Charles Yu
THE CITY WE BECAME by N. K. Jemisin
MEXICAN GOTHIC by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
HARROW THE NINTH by Tamsin Muir



BEST DEBUT

A SONG OF WRAITHS AND RUIN by Roseanne A. Brown
LEGENDBORN by Tracy Deonn
THE SCAPEGRACERS by Hannah Abigail Clarke
CEMETERY BOYS by Aiden Thomas
RAYBEARER by Jordan Ifueko
THE YEAR OF THE WITCHING by Alexis Henderson



BEST SERIES

DOMINION OF THE FALLEN by Aliette de Bodard
ISLANDS OF BLOOD AND STORM by Kacen Callender
SWEET BLACK WAVES by Kristina Perez
THE POPPY WAR by R. F. Kuang
WITCHES OF LYCHFORD by Paul Cornell
DAEVABAD by S. A. Chakraborty



BEST NOVELLA

UPRIGHT WOMEN WANTED by Sarah Gailey
THE FOUR PROFOUND WEAVES by R. B. Lemberg
THE EMPRESS OF SALT AND FORTUNE by Nghi Vo
RIOT BABY by Tochi Onyebuchi
SWEET HARMONY by Claire North
RING SHOUT by P. Djeli Clark



BEST SHORT STORY

TIGER LAWYER GETS IT RIGHT by Sarah Gailey (in Escape Pod: the Science Fiction Anthology)
CONVERGENCE IN CHAOS ARCHITECTURE by Dare Segun Falowo (in Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction From Africa and the African Diaspora)
IN KIND by Kayla Whaley (in Vampires Never Get Old: Tales with Fresh Bite)
VOLUMES by Laura Duerr (in Cast of Wonders 435)
YOU PERFECT, BROKEN THING by C. L. Clark (in Uncanny Magazine 32)
YELLOW AND THE PERCEPTION OF REALITY by Maureen F. McHugh (at tor.com)
JUICE LIKE WOUNDS by Seanan McGuire (at tor.com)


THE PANEL

There you have it folks, a veritable cornucopia of SFF goodness! I’ll be judging the Fantasy, Science Fiction, Novella and Short Story categories and I couldn’t be more excited! I am though, just one of many other wonderful judges on this year’s chaotic roster. Let’s meet the panel:

Adri (@adrijjy) is a semi-aquatic mammal who divides her spare time between reading, interacting with dogs, and resolving to do more baking. She is a co-editor at Hugo-nominated fanzine Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together.

Anna (@imyril) is the panel’s spreadsheet dragon attempting to create order out of chaos, for which I have endless appreciation for. She’s also the co-host of Wyrd and Wonder and SciFi Month, two of my fave blogging events of the year. You can find her reviews and bookish posts over at There’s Always Room For One More

Arina (@voyagerarina) is a curious reader long fascinated by speculative fiction, and an advocate for indie, self-published, and inclusive lit. She blogs at The Bookwyrm’s Guide to the Galaxy and at Queen’s Asylum, as well as contributing to The Nerd Daily and The Lesbrary.

Fabienne (@flschwizer) is an aspiring editor and a girl who reads too much for her own good, who reviews at Libri Draconis and Grimdark Magazine.

Kris (@hammard_1987) blogs at Cloaked Creators and other venues including Geek Syndicate and Galactic Journey. They spend far too much time reading genre fiction and insist on telling people about them. They love trying everything, the weirder the better.

L.A. (@mistyaquavenatus) is an avid reader and a writer of many WIPs, who blogs at Aquavenatus and contributes to Fantasy Faction.

Lisa (@deargeekplace) is a dragon in a human suit who enthuses about books at Dear Geek Place. Co-host of Wyrd and Wonder and SciFiMonth.

Matt aka Womble (@runalongwomble) is a book tempter – ahem, blogger – at Runalongtheshelves. The sweet voice on your shoulder telling you that it’s ok to get a new book.

Noria (@noriathereader) discusses books on BookTube at Chronicles of Noria and is the founder and host of The Fuckathon.

Sean (@DowieSean) is Assistant Editor at Augur Magazine. He writes about SFF at Nerds of a Feather, Flock Together and occasionally FIYAH.

Sun (@suncani1) is a genre fan who can be found getting overly excited about a bunch of things on Twitter and occasionally pausing to pass longer comment on Dreamwidth.


Aaaaand that’s it. What do you think of the nominees? Who do you think should win? Are there any omissions you’d like to have seen nominated? Leave a comment below and if you want to follow along, make sure to follow the blog and never miss a post!

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    1. Ngl I have such overpowering levels of imposter syndrome right now lol but I’m v honoured to have been asked. Def looking forward to reading all the nominees 😀

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  1. This is such a good panel–and such good books too! I was asked to participate, and it truly broke my heart to turn it down due to my time constraints. I suppose I’ll live vicariously through all of you!

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    1. Yay thanks Caitlin! I’m feeling a bit imposter-y about it all right now but I’ve just started reading one of the novellas I’ll be judging (Upright Women Wanted by Sarah Gailey) and it’s super fun cos it wasn’t even on my radar before but it’s so good! So I’m enjoying myself even if I don’t quite feel like I should be here haha. Lots of other great books I get to read too ☺️

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    1. Yeah I’m on the panel for the Fantasy, Science Fiction, Novella and Short Story categories. The shortlists were determined by each judge nominating a chosen book, and the winner is determined after we’ve read all nominations and had much discussion about the best of the bunch!

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    1. I’m thrilled and humbled to have been asked, but ngl the imposter syndrome is high 😬 Trying not to let it bother me and just enjoy the experience 🙂

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