This table is an attempt to capture some of the deadlines for key SFF anthologies and awards. However, it is in no way comprehensive. There are many awards and anthologies that are not captured. However, we’re always happy to hear of more. Use the contact page to send an update. Include all the fields in the table, please.
|2021||Anth||Best Science Fiction of the Year||20xx-11-01|
|Neil Clarke||Science fiction only|
Print copies by 1 November, e-copies by 15 November
|2021||Anth||Year's Best Science Fiction||20xx-11-01|
|Jonathan Strahan||Science fiction in English only||link|
|2021||Anth||Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy||20xx-12-01 |
|John Joseph Adams||Short story or novelette by American or Canadian citizen or resident, story published in American or Canadian venue||link|
|2021||Anth||Best Horror of the Year||20xx-12-01 |
|Six nominations (print or online) from little magazines and small book press editors throughout the world. Nominations may be any combination of poetry, short stories, essays, memoirs or stand-alone excerpts from novels. Opens 1 October.||link|
|Speculative fiction written by an Australian citizen or permanent resident. Until 14 December. (30 September preferred for works earlier in the year.)|
No fee for short stories. $10 fee otherwise.
|Charles Payseur||The best speculative stories published in 2021 under 17,500 words that implicitly or explicitly explores queerness and/or transness||link|
|2021||Anth||Year's Best Aotearoa New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy||20xx-12-31|
|Marie Hodgkinson||Science fiction and fantasy short stories from Aotearoa New Zealand authors.||link|
|2021||Anth||Year's Best Fantasy||20xy-01-01|
|Paula Guran||Fantasy stories|
|2021||Anth||Best of British SF||20xy-01-15||Donna Scott||SF only. |
"For our purposes, 'British' means authors who are resident in the UK or British ex-pats who currently live elsewhere."
|Distinguished SCIENCE FICTION or FANTASY BOOK written by a Pacific Northwest author or authors.|
Announced at OryCon
|2021||Award||Theodore Sturgeon Award||20xy-02-15||Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award|
Science fiction (very broadly defined) short stories, novelettes, or novellas originally published in English in a magazine, anthology, website, or other format.
|2021||Award||Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award||20xy-03-31|
|Original short fiction works (17,500 words or fewer) of imaginative literature (e.g., science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative fiction or like literature) published by a small press.||link|
Science fiction and fantasy
|2021||Award||BSFA Award||20xy-NA||Nomination by BSFA member. No self or publisher nomination.||link|
|2021||Award||Eugie Award||20xz-NA||Original speculative short fiction of 20,000 words or fewer, published—including in print, ebook, or online, individually, or in a magazine, collection, or anthology—for the first time in the English language in the previous year.|
Presented at DragonCon
|2021||Anth||Year's Best Dark Fantasy and Horror||20xz-NA||Paula Guran||Dark fantasy and horror|
|2021||Award||Hugo Award||20xz-NA||Science fiction and fantasy published the previous year|
|2021||Award||Astounding Award||20xz-NA||(ex-Campell Award)|
Given to the best new science fiction or fantasy writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy was published in a professional publication in the previous two years.
|2020||Anth||Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy||20xz-NA||Rich Horton||Have your publisher (or yourself) send a review copy to the following address: Rich Horton, 653 Yeddo Avenue, Webster Groves, MO, 63119, or inquire further at email@example.com|
|2020||Award||Sunburst Awards||20xz-NA||Literature of the fantastic - less than 7,500 words - by a Canadian author.|
Literature of the fantastic - novel, or novel-length short story collection - by a Canadian author.