2019 Best SF/F

Update 11/9/23: Tagged 37 honorable mentions in πŸ“™Neil Clarke's year's best anthology (click to highlight them).
Update 2/22/21: Tagged 1 πŸ†British Fantasy Award winner for Novella (click to highlight it).
Update 11/1/20: Tagged 2 πŸ†World Fantasy Award winners (click to highlight them).
Update 10/25/20: Tagged 6 πŸ†British Fantasy Award finalists (click to highlight them).
Update 10/22/20: Tagged 3 πŸ†Sturgeon Award winners (click to highlight them).

Every month, on the 1st, we add the most recommendedπŸ‘ stories from the previous month's ratings to our Year-To-Date (YTD) list, grouped by story length and current score (must be 2 or more). This is our annual library.

After year's end, during the three-month award nomination season, the YTD list becomes the SF/F Ballots list and story scores are updated as “year’s best” anthologiesπŸ“™ and award finalistsπŸ† are announced. For some awards and the Locus Recommended Reading List, we’ll create an annotated list of the finalists sorted by latest score to help people choose stories to read.

After most nominations close in March, the SF/F Ballots list becomes the Best SF/F list and story scores continue to be updated until November when the last award winners (World Fantasy) are announced. During this time, we’ll produce themed selections of outstanding storiesπŸš€✨πŸŒˆπŸ“š with final scores from the annual library.

1. Year-To-Date

02/01/20: 100% done (✓88/88)
Next Update: N/A

Recommendations By010203040506070809101112
πŸ‘ABrown+2 πŸ‘ABrown+1
πŸ‘GTognetti+2 πŸ‘GTognetti+1
πŸ‘JMcGregor+2 πŸ‘JMcGregor+1
πŸ‘KBurnham+2 πŸ‘KBurnham+1
πŸ‘MHaskins+2 πŸ‘MHaskins+1
πŸ‘RHorton.r+2 πŸ‘RHorton.r+1
πŸ‘RSR+2 πŸ‘RSR+1
πŸ‘STomaino+2 πŸ‘STomaino+1
Note: KBurnham is a month behind because she reviews online stories (which generally have no advance copies) for a print magazine with a one month lead time.

2. SF/F Ballots

Here are links to ballots for various SF/F awards, 5 that are open to all, and 4 that are open to members of a convention or association.

The magazine-specific awards come with a longlist link to all stories published by each magazine, with blurbs to help you remember the ones you've read and scores to guide further reading.

For the general awards, see the outstanding stories at the 2019 YTD page, grouped by length (novella, novelette, short story), by publication, by new writer (year 1, year 2), or by author.

Awards in bold are currently available for voting.

A. Open to All

B. Open to Members
Here are some helpful aggregation lists for Best Novel (John DeNardo's Best of the Best), Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form (Metacritic's 2019's Best Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Superhero Films - scroll down), and Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form (Metacritic's TV Shows Mentioned on Most Critic Top 10 Lists - 2019). GoodReads' Choice Awards 2019 is also useful for science fiction novels, fantasy novels, and graphic novels.

C. Jury-Only

3. Best SF/F

11/9/23: 100% complete (πŸ†32/32; πŸ“™9/9; πŸ‘18/18)
Next Updates: N/A

Clicking on a completed award/year's best/reviewer link will highlight the stories whose score was increased by that award/year's best/reviewer.

1. General AwardsFinalistsWinners
2. Subgenre AwardsFinalistsWinners
British FantasyπŸ†₂BFantasy+2πŸ†₂BFantasy+3
Shirley JacksonπŸ†₂SJackson+2πŸ†₂SJackson+3
World FantasyπŸ†₂WFantasy+2πŸ†₂WFantasy+3
3. Readers AwardsFinalistsWinners
4. Year's BestHonorable MentionTable of Contents
Best American SF/FπŸ“™₁BASFF+1πŸ“™₁BASFF+2
Jonathan StrahanπŸ“™₁JStrahan+2
Neil ClarkeπŸ“™₁NClarke+1πŸ“™₁NClarke+2
Rich HortonπŸ“™₁RHorton+2
5. Subgenre BestHonorable MentionTable of Contents
Allan KasterπŸ“™₂AKaster+1
Bogi Takacs Jun (Hiatus)
David Afsharirad Jun (Discontinued?)
Ellen DatlowπŸ“™₂EDatlow+1
Paula GuranπŸ“™₂PGuran+1
6. ReviewersRecommendedAward Worthy
Alex BrownπŸ‘ABrown+1πŸ‘ABrown+2
A.C. WiseπŸ‘ACWise+1πŸ‘ACWise+2
Gary TognettiπŸ‘GTognetti+1πŸ‘GTognetti+2
Jason McGregorπŸ‘JMcGregor+1πŸ‘JMcGregor+2
Karen BurnhamπŸ‘KBurnham+1πŸ‘KBurnham+2
Maria HaskinsπŸ‘MHaskins+1πŸ‘MHaskins+2
Rich HortonπŸ‘RHorton.r+1πŸ‘RHorton.r+2
Greg HullenderπŸ‘RSR+1πŸ‘RSR+2
Sam TomainoπŸ‘STomaino+1πŸ‘STomaino+2

Eric Wong
Updated Thursday November 9, 2023

12 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. The first round for the Clarkesworld Readers' Poll is available until Jan 28th at 8pm EST:


    1. Final Round of the Clarkesworld poll is now open:


    2. Voting closes on February 20th at 8PM EST and the winners will be announced in the March issue.

    3. Thanks, I've updated the SF/F Ballots link and also tagged the 10 finalists (they get +1 to their score, winner will get +2).

  2. The Uncanny Poll is open until Feb 6:


    1. Thanks! I've updated the SF/F Ballots links for both and also posted on Facebook and Twitter.

  3. The Uncanny results are in:


    1. Thanks. I've updated this list and the annotated Locus list with these results and the BSFA finalists.

  4. The Clarkesworld Poll results are in:


  5. "Red" by Malinda Lo has been reprinted online at Lightspeed 147 (Aug 2022).