Wednesday, January 20, 2021

2021 Nerds of a Feather Hugo Awards Recommended Reading, Part 3: Individual Categories

Welcome to the third part of our presentation of the Nerds of a Feather 2021 Hugo Award Longlist. Today we take a look at the categories recognizing individuals for their body of work during 2020:  Editor (Short and Long Form), Professional Artist, Fan Artist, Fan Writer, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer

As before, we here at 'nerds of a feather, flock together' are presenting a collective longlist of potential Hugo nominees that we think are worthy of your consideration. These selections represent the spectrum of tastes, tendencies, and predilections found among our group of 14 writers.

As a reminder, this list should not at all be considered comprehensive. There are some truly outstanding editors, writers, and artists who will not make our longlist because we couldn't confirm they produced enough qualifying work, because the work they do is not genre-focused, or for the very simple reason that we are not just familiar with what they did during 2020. We encourage you to think of this as a list of candidates to consider alongside works which you are already familiar, nothing more and nothing less. In addition, while we have done our best to check the eligibility of everything here, some of these categories (*cough* pro artist *cough*) have eligibility requirements that can be hard to triangulate from an outside perspective. If you think we've made any errors in our categorisation, please get in touch.

In an effort at brevity (you may scoff) and perhaps at propriety, for these categories we have decided to simply list the individuals we are collectively recommending as part of the longlist, rather than detailing why each person listed below is awesome.

Finally, in the interests of being transparent, while it may worth noting that we, the writers of Nerds of a Feather are individually eligible for the Fan Writer category; because it is a conflict of interest, it would not appropriate to include any of us on our formal longlist (feel free to check out our Awards Eligibility post, though).

Nerds of a Feather 2021 Recommendation List Series:

Editor, Long
Nobody. But, we recommend that when you put together your final nominating ballot that you also look at who the editors were for your Best Novel selections and consider them for nomination for Editor, Long Form

Editor, Short
Djibril Al-Ayad (The Future Fire)
Ellen Datlow (, Best Horror of the Year: Vol 12)
Zelda Knight and Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki (The Dominion Anthology)
Michael Matheson (Anathema Magazine)
DaVaun Sanders (FIYAH)
Jonathan Strahan (, Made to Order)
Margret Helgadottir (Eurasian Monsters)
Lashawn Wanak (GigaNotoSaurus)

Professional Artist (example of 2020 work)
Tommy Arnold (Harrow the Ninth Cover)
Charlie Bowater (Star Daughter Cover)
Charles Chaisson (Raybearer cover (US edition))
Rovina Cai (Elatsoe Cover and illustrations)
Galen Dara (The Sisters Grimm cover (US edition))
Sija Hong (The Order of the Pure Moon Reflected in Water Cover)
Ronan Le Fur a.k.a. DOFRESH (Phoenix Extravagant Cover)
Maurizio Manzieri (Seven of Infinities Cover (US edition))
Kerri Resnick (Fable Cover Design (US edition))
Chris Sickels (The House in the Cerulean Sea Cover)
Hillary D. Wilson (Legendborn Cover)
Alyssa Winans (Empress of Salt and Fortune Cover)
Henry Sene Yee (Ring Shout Cover)

Fan Artist
Lorna Antoniazzi (Augur Magazine Cover art)
Karen Cheok (examples)
Cyan Daly (examples)
Cindy Fan (Anathema Issue 10 Cover art)
Vic Grey (examples)
Heather Brockman Lee (example)
Laya Rose (examples)

Fan Writer
Alex Acks
Rob Bedford
Cora Buhlert
Rachel Cordasco
Jeannette Ng
Charles Payseur
Jason Sanford
Stitch (Stitch's Media Mix)
Alasdair Stuart

Astounding Award for Best New Writer 
Gautam Bhatia (The Wall)
Echo Brown (Black Girl Unlimited)
Jordan Ifueko (Raybearer)
Simon Jimenez (The Vanished Birds)
Miciah Johnson (The Space Between Worlds)
A.K. Larkwood (The Unspoken Name)
Jenn Lyons (The Ruin of Kings)
Caitlin Starling (The Luminous Dead, Yellow Jessamine)
Emily Tesh (Silver in the Wood)
Aiden Thomas (Cemetery Boys)