2023 SF/F Ballots

Update 2/6/24: Tagged 15 of 17 stories from πŸ“™Paula Guran's year's best fantasy anthology (click link to highlight).
Update 2/1/24: Tagged 13 πŸ†Clarkesworld Reader's Poll finalists (click link to highlight).
Update 2/1/24: Tagged 2 πŸ†Apex Reader's Choice winner (click link to highlight).

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

2/1/24: 100% done (✓123/123)
Next Update: N/A

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πŸ‘Goodreads πŸ“˜
πŸ‘LibraryJournal πŸ“˜
πŸ‘Kirkus πŸ“˜
πŸ‘PW πŸ“˜
Note: CPayseur, ACWise, and PGuran are a month behind because they review 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. Highlighted awards are currently open for voting.

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 2023 YTD page, grouped by length (novella, novelette, short story), by publication, by new writer (year 1, year 2), or by author.

A. Open to All

B. Open to Members
Here are some helpful aggregation lists for Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form (Metacritic's 2023 SF/F Movies to Watch), and Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form (Metacritic's 2023 SF/F TV Shows to Watch). GoodReads Choice Awards 2023 is also useful for science fiction novels and fantasy novels.

C. Jury-Only

3. Best SF/F

1. General AwardsFinalistsWinners
Eugie May Aug 29-Sep 2 @ DragonCon
Hugo Early Apr Aug 8-12 @ WorldCon
Locus Early May Jun @ Locus Awards Weekend
Nebula Late Feb Jun 6-9 @ SFWA Nebula Conference
Sturgeon Apr-May Oct @ Gunn Center Conference
2. Subgenre AwardsFinalistsWinners
British Fantasy Jul Oct 11-13 @ FantasyCon
BSFA Feb Mar 29-Apr 1 @ Eastercon
Lambda March Jun @ Lammys
Otherwise Apr Apr
Shirley Jackson May Jul 11-14 @ ReaderCon
StokerπŸ† May 30-Jun 2 @ StokerCon
World Fantasy Jul Oct 17-20 @ World Fantasy Convention
3. Readers AwardsFinalistsWinners
Analog Mar Jul-Aug Issue
Asimov's Mar Jul-Aug Issue
ClarkesworldπŸ†₃Readers+1 Mar
Uncanny Mid-Jan Feb
Reading ListπŸ†₃ReadingList+2πŸ“˜πŸ†
4. Year's BestHonorable MentionTable of Contents
Best American SF/F Nov Nov
Neil Clarke Feb 2025
5. Subgenre BestHonorable MentionTable of Contents
Allan Kaster Jun
Ellen Datlow Mar
Paula Guran (F)πŸ“™₂PGuran.F+1
Paula Guran (DF&H) Mar
6. ReviewersRecommendedAward Worthy
Alex BrownπŸ‘ABrown+1πŸ‘ABrown+2
A.C. WiseπŸ‘ACWise+1πŸ‘ACWise+2
Karen BurnhamπŸ‘KBurnham+1πŸ‘KBurnham+2
Maria HaskinsπŸ‘MHaskins+1πŸ‘MHaskins+2
Paula GuranπŸ‘PGuran+1πŸ‘PGuran+2
Rich HortonπŸ‘RHorton.r+1πŸ‘RHorton.r+2
Sam TomainoπŸ‘STomaino+1πŸ‘STomaino+2
Library JournalπŸ‘LibraryJournal+1πŸ“˜πŸ‘LibraryJournal+2πŸ“˜
Kirkus ReviewsπŸ‘Kirkus+1πŸ“˜πŸ‘Kirkus+2πŸ“˜
Publishers' WeeklyπŸ‘PW+1πŸ“˜πŸ‘PW+2πŸ“˜

Eric Wong
Updated Thursday February 8, 2024

5 comments (may contain spoilers):

  1. Replies
    1. Thanks for the heads up! I've updated the 2023 YTD page to 2023 SF/F Ballots with links to magazine readers awards (and their stories).

  2. Devon Eriksen's "Theft of Fire: Orbital Space #1" was published Nov 11, 2023 and meets eligibility criteria for the Astounding award multiple times over, can you add his book to the list of novels eligible for nomination? Thanks!!