The shortlist for the initial Ursula K. Le Guin Prize has been announced. The winner will be named on October 21st, Le Guin’s birthday.
Like the Dragon Awards, the Le Guin Prize has a split eligibility period, running from May 1, 2021 to April 30, 2022. Of this year’s finalists, only the titles by Nagamatsu and Ravn were published in 2022; the others are from 2021.
The titles by Adrian Tchaikovsky and Catherynne M. Valente are currently finalists for the Hugo Award, as novellas.
Darcie Little Badger’s book has received six other nominations this year, has won the Andre Norton Award, and is pending for three in addition to the Le Guin. With a total of 7 nominations to date, the book is the second-most nominated book published in 2021; P. Djeli Clark’s A MASTER OF DJINN (not a Le Guin finalist) leads with 8 nominations, including wins for Nebula, Locus, and Compton Crook.
These are the first nominations for any award for the titles by Zhang, Bell, Ravn, Bajaber, Nagamatsu, and Keil.