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Awards

The Carl Brandon Parallax Award is given to works of speculative fiction created by a self-identified person of color. This Award includes a $1000 cash prize.

The Carl Brandon Kindred Award is given to any work of speculative fiction dealing with issues of race and ethnicity; nominees may be of any racial or ethnic group. This Award includes a $1000 cash prize.


The 2012 & 2013 Awards are closed for nominations. 2014 Awards nominations will open soon.

When considering works to nominate, keep in mind that by speculative fiction, we mean science fiction, fantasy, horror, magical realism, or any works that incorporate elements of these and related genres. Works do not have to be marketed as science fiction to be eligible for these awards. We welcome graphic novels for consideration.


Carl Brandon Society Award Winners

2011

Cover images for Smoketown and Redwood and WildfireThe winners of the 2011 Carl Brandon Society awards are Tenea D. Johnson, who received the Carl Brandon Parallax Award for her novel Smoketown, and Andrea Hairston, who received the Carl Brandon Kindred Award for her novel Redwood and Wildfire.

Honors:

  • Zen Cho for "The House of Aunts"
  • Zen Cho for "起狮,行礼 (Rising Lion – The Lion Bows)"
  • Minister Faust for The Alchemists of Kush
  • Tenea D. Johnson for R/evolution
  • Yoon Ha Lee for "Ghostweight"
  • An Owomoyela “All That Touches the Air"
  • Nisi Shawl for "Black Betty"
  • JoSelle Vanderhooft for Steam-Powered: Lesbian Steampunk Stories

The 2011 Carl Brandon Awards will be presented at Arisia, January 17-20, 2014 in Boston, MA, USA.

The members of the 2011 jury are Liz Henry, Zola Mumford, K. Joyce Tsai, and Maria Velazquez.

 

2010

Cover images for Redemption in Indigo and Who Fear DeathThe winners of the 2010 Carl Brandon Society awards are Karen Lord, who received the Carl Brandon Parallax Award for her novel Redemption in Indigo, and Nnedi Okorafor, who received the Carl Brandon Kindred Award for her novel Who Fears Death.

Honors:

  • N.K. Jemisin for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
  • Anil Menon for The Beast with Nine Billion Feet
  • Charles Yu for "Standard Loneliness Package"

The 2010 Carl Brandon Awards were presented at Worldcon in Chicago, August 30 - September 12, 2012.

 

2009

Cover images for Half World and LiarThe winners of the 2009 Carl Brandon Society awards are Hiromi Goto, who received the Carl Brandon Parallax Award for her novel Half World, and Justine Larbalestier, who received the Carl Brandon Kindred Award for her novel Liar.

 

2008

Distances and The Ancestors cover imagesThe winners of the 2008 Carl Brandon Society awards are Vandana Singh, who received the Carl Brandon Parallax Award for her novella Distances, and Tananarive Due, who received the Carl Brandon Kindred Award for her story "Ghost Summer" from the anthology The Ancestors.

 

2007

The Shadow Speaker and From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain cover imagesThe winners of the 2007 Carl Brandon Society awards are Nnedi Okorafor, who received the Carl Brandon Parallax Award for her novel The Shadow Speaker, and Minister Faust, who received the Carl Brandon Kindred Award for his novel From the Notebooks of Doctor Brain.

 

2006

Mindscape cover imageAndrea Hairston is the winner of the 2006 Carl Brandon Parallax Award for her novel, Mindscape. No Kindred Award will be given for 2006.

 

2005

The winners of the 2005* Carl Brandon Society awards are Walter Mosley, who received the Carl Brandon Parallax award for his novel 47 and Susan Vaught, who received the Carl Brandon Kindred award for her novel Stormwitch.

 *note, the Awards are now named for the year they were published. The Awards for 47 and Stormwitch were originally called the 2006 Awards.

Press release for the first Carl Brandon Society Awards

2005 Awards Recommended Reading Lists and Comments

2005 Awards Brochure [pdf]

Press release for the 2005 Carl Brandon Society Awards ceremony