Award Winners for 2019 — Press Release

The Carl Brandon Society is pleased to announce the winners of our 2019 Parallax and Kindred Awards. “After a hiatus of several years, we’re very proud to once again highlight outstanding works of speculative fiction written by BIPOC authors—the Parallax—and focused on racial issues—the Kindred,” said CBS steering committee member K. Tempest Bradford.

The winner of the 2019 Carl Brandon Parallax Award is Pet by Akwaeke Emezi from Random House Children’s Books. The 2019 Carl Brandon Kindred Award winner is “Doll Seed” by Michele Tracy Berger published in FIYAH Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction. “The jury considers works published in the preceding year. So, these winners were published in 2019 and selected in 2020,” explained Carl Brandon steering committee member Candra K. Gill. “Both authors will receive a $1000 cash prize in addition to the physical award.”

The honors list for the 2019 Parallax Award is “Mister Dog” by Alex Jennings, “Kali_Na” by Indrapramit Das, “The Freedom of the Shifting Sea” by Jaymee Goh, “Harvest” by Rebecca Roanhorse, A Spectral Hue by Craig Laurence Gidney, and David Mogo: God Hunter by Suyi Davies Okungbowa.

The honors list for the 2019 Kindred Award is Queen of the Conquered by Kacen Callender, “Blood Is Another Word for Hunger” by Rivers Solomon, “Burn the Ships” by Alberto Yáñez, and “A Brief Lesson” in Native American Astronomy by Rebecca Roanhorse.

2019 jury members were Jacqueline A. Gross, Julia Rios, J.G. Stewart, and Yang-Yang Wang.

Details of the upcoming online presentation ceremony will be forthcoming soon.

For jury statements on the awards’ winners and honors lists and a list of previous winners, please visit Nominations for the 2020 Parallax and Kindred Awards are now open; access the nominations form there also.

–The Carl Brandon Society Steering Committee

Carl Brandon Awards Given at Arisia 2011

From left to right: Cecilia Tan, Vandana Singh, Andrea Hairston, Tananarive Due. Photo by Sitara Chapman.

The Carl Brandon Society awards for 2008 and 2009 were given this past weekend at Arisia 2011:


  • Vandana Singh’s novel Distances won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award.
  • Tananarive Due’s short story “Ghost Summer” won the Carl Brandon Kindred Award.


  • Hiromi Goto’s novel Half World won the Carl Brandon Parallax Award.
  • Justine Larbalestier’s novel Liar won the Carl Brandon Kindred Award.

The Carl Brandon Society Parallax Award recognizes an outstanding work of speculative fiction by a writer of color. The Carl Brandon Society Kindred Award recognizes an outstanding work of speculative fiction dealing with race/ethnicity. Each award includes a US$1000 prize. Previous winners include Walter Mosley, Susan Vaught, Andrea Hairston, Nnedi Okorafor, and Minister Faust. A complete list of Parallax and Kindred Award winners’ works is available at

Tananarive Due and Vandana Singh received their awards in person at the ceremony. Andrea Hairston accepted the award for Hiromi Goto and Cecilia Tan accepted the award for Justine Larbalestier.

Nominations for 2010 awards are open through February 28, 2011. Visit the awards page at for more information. You can also donate to support the awards at

Carl Brandon Society Arisia Schedule

Attending Arisia in Boston this weekend? Be sure to check out the Carl Brandon Society programming:

Carl Brandon Society Party
Saturday, 8:30pm to midnight, Room 211
Enter for a chance to win the Carl Brandon Award winning books.

Carl Brandon Awards Ceremony and Reception
Sunday, 1:00pm, Presidents A
Andrea Hairston and Nnedi Okorafor will receive their Carl Brandon Awards and read from their winning works.

Nnedi Okorafor’s panels:
Saturday, 3:00pm Diversity is Coming!
Sunday, 11:00am Faeries of Color: Tales of the Fae beyond Northern Europe

Andrea Hairston’s panels:
Saturday, 11:00am The Changing Face of Fiction: Literature, Diversity, and Backlash
Saturday, 4:00am Interstitial Fiction: Dancing between the Genres

check at the convention for rooms and for up-to-date schedule information