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The British Science Fiction Association is delighted to announce the shortlists of nominees for the BSFA Awards, for work published in 2023. The BSFA Awards have been presented annually since 1970. The awards are voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and by the members of the year’s Eastercon, the national science fiction convention, held since 1955. This year’s Eastercon, Levitation, will be at the Telford Internationa Centre , 29th  March to 1st April 2024, where the winners will be announced.

We would be delighted if you circulated this shortlist. #BSFAAwards2023

BSFA members and attendees of the convention Levitation 2024 may vote for the winners of the award. The voting form will be available here

Voting is open to all BSFA members and attendees of the conventation.  Voting will close at 23:59 on Friday the 29th of March. 

Best Audio Fiction

Title Author Publisher Link
Drabblecast, The Pigeon Michelle Knudsen. Drabblecast
The Dex Legacy Emily Inkpen

Alternative Stories and Fake Realities 
Simultaneous Times Podcast, Episode 67 Jenna Hanchey & Abigail Guerrero Space Cowboy 
When a Portal Comes Around Rick Danforth Upbeat Tales 
Welcome to Night Vale, Carlos Explained Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor Welcome to the Night Vale

Best Artwork

Title Author Publisher Link
Cover of Danged Black Thing (Apex) Elena Betti Apex Books
Cover of Jewel Box Christine Kim Erewhon Books
Interzone 295 - illustrations for Strung Along in Seaforth Vinayak Varma Interzone
Cover art of The Alphabet of Pinaa: An AI Reinvents Zerself on an Inhabited Moon Juliana Pinho Interzone Digital
Cover of The Surviving Sky Leo Nickolls Titan Books
Cover of Descendent Machine Julia Lloyd Titan Books 

Best Collection

(For collections and anthologies)

 Title  Author/Editor  Publisher  Link
Best of World SF: Volume 3 Lavie Tidhar Bloomsbury

Mothersound: The Sauútiverse Anthology Edited by Wole Talabi Android Press

No One Will Come Back For Us Premee Mohamed Undertow

Strange Attractors Jaine Fenn Newcon Press

The Best of British Science Fiction 2022 Edited by Donna Scott Newcon Press

Best Non-Fiction (Long)

 Title  Author  Publisher  Link
A Traveller in Time: The Critical Practice of Maureen Kincaid Speller Nina Allan, editor Luna Press

All These Worlds Niall Harrison Briardene

Ex Marginalia: Essays on Writing Speculative Fiction by Persons of Color
Chinelo Onwualu Hydra House
Spec Fic for Newbies: A Beginner's Guide to Writing Subgenres of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Tiffani Angus and Val Nolan Luna Press

The Female Man: Eastercon talk Farah Mendlesohn n/a

BesT Novel

 Title  Author  Publisher  Link
Airside Christopher Priest Gollancz

Descendant Machine Gareth L. Powell Titan Books

HIM Geoff Ryman Angry Robot

Shigidi And The Brass Head Of Obalufon Wole Talabi Gollancz

The Green Man's Quarry Juliet McKenna Wizard Tower Press

Best Short Fiction

(For short written works of fiction and their equivalent)

 Title  Author  Publisher  Link
A Little Seasoning Neil Williamson Interzone Digital

Copper Jendia Gammon Interzone

How to Raise a Kraken in Your Bathtub P. Djèlí Clark Uncanny

Lady Koi Koi: A book Report Suyi Davies Okungbowa Apex Magazine

The Spoil Heap Fiona Moore Clarkesworld

Best Non-Fiction (Short)

(For short written works and their equivalent)

Title Author Publisher Link
Dominant Themes in Afro-Centric Fiction Eugen Bacon Aurealis

Exposition Tax: The hidden burden of writing from the marginsby Suyi Davies Okungbowa Hydra House

Prisoners In The Temple Of The Muses Wole Talabi Ancillary Review of Books

Project Management Lessons from Rogue One Fiona Moore Personal blog

Tech Billionaires Need to Stop Trying to Make the Science Fiction They Grew Up on Real Charles Stross Scientific American ">
Weaving the Rainbow: Worldbuilding and SF Gautam Bhatia Bombay Literary Magazine

Best Shorter Fiction

(For novellas, novelettes and other works that are not novel length).

 Title  Author Publisher  Link
And Put Away Childish Things Adrian Tchakovsky Rebellion Publishing

Broken Paradise Eugen Bacon Luna Press

Europa Allen Stroud Flame Tree Press

I am AI Ai Jiang Shortwave Publishing

Knotted Thorn (From The Book of Gaheris) Kari Sperring Newcon Press

Best Translated Short Fiction

This award is selected by an appointed BSFA Jury.

Title Author Publisher Link
The Unknown Painter Henry Lion Oldie, translated by Alex Shvartsman Digital Aesthete
Vanishing Tracks in the Sand Jana Bianchi, translation by Rachael Amoruso

Future Fiction, The Bright Mirror
My Guy Izumi Suzuki, translated by Sam Bett

Verso Books, Hit Parade of Tears
Retreat from the World Outside Gabriela Damian Miravete, translated by Adrian Demopulos

Rosarium Publishing, They Will Dream in the Garden
A Pilgrimage to Memories Tattooed Elena Pavlova, translated by Elena Pavlova and Desislava Sivilova Samovar

Bacterial Marcelo Cohen, translated by Kit Maude Samovar

Best Fiction for Younger Readers

 Title  Author  Publisher  Link
A Song of Salvation Alechia Dow Inkyard

Mindbreaker Kate Dylan Hodder & Stoughton

The Inn at the Amethyst Lantern J Dianne Dotson Android Press

The Library of Broken Worlds Alaya Dawn Johnson Harpercollins

We Who Are Forged In Fire Kate Murray Hardie Grant

 BSFA Finalist    BSFA Winner


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