Award Eligibility 2020

Dear readers – I have not done an Award Eligibility post for a few years, but I am doing it this year. This has been an incredibly rough year, but an amazing one for speculative fiction. I hope that you will find some of my own works worthy for award consideration. Here are the highlights:

Novella: The Four Profound Weaves (Tachyon, September 2020) – the first long-form Birdverse book in print. This is a book about two trans people in their sixties, who must learn to weave from death to defeat an evil ruler, and learn that it isn’t too late to truly begin their lives. In a starred review, The Library Journal called the book “A beautiful, heartfelt story of change, family, identity, and courage.” For more reviews and accolades, please visit the Tachyon Publications page for the book.

Length: novella (under 40k)

Eligible for: Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy.

Novelette: To Balance the Weight of Khalem (free to read at Beneath Ceaseless Skies). A tale migration, queer love, and magical onions, with a nonbinary trans protagonist. Charles Payseur writes: “It’s a beautiful story, stunningly built and intimately rendered.” 

Eligible for: Nebula, Hugo, World Fantasy.

Poem: “Stone Listening,” in Strange Horizons.

I’ve been putting most of my poetry on Patreon in recent years, but this poem is an exception. I am proud of it, of what it does and what it says, and hope you check it out as a part of rounding out the year.

You can also check out Solitary Goose: A Pandemic Poem – free to read on my Patreon.

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R.B. Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues, and has been a finalist for the Nebula, Crawford, and other awards.

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