Nebula Award News

SFWA Announces the Winners of the 59th Annual Nebula Awards


June 8, 2024 – The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) is pleased to announce the winners of the 59th Annual Nebula Awards®. These awards are given to the writers of the most outstanding speculative fiction works released in 2023, as voted on by Full, Associate, and Senior SFWA members.

The awards were presented as part of the SFWA Nebula Conference, which took place both in Pasadena and online. Hosted by Toastmaster, Sarah Gailey, you may find the replay of the live broadcast on the SFWA YouTube channel.

The winners are as follows:

Nebula Award for Novel

The Saint of Bright Doors, Vajra Chandrasekera (Tordotcom)

The Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

To Shape a Dragon’s Breath, Moniquill Blackgoose (Del Rey)

Nebula Award for Novella

Linghun”, Ai Jiang (Dark Matter Ink)

Nebula Award for Novelette

The Year Without Sunshine”, Naomi Kritzer (Uncanny 11-12/23)

Nebula Award for Short Story

Tantie Merle and the Farmhand 4200”, R.S.A. Garcia (Uncanny 7-8/23)

Nebula Award for Game Writing

Baldur’s Gate 3, Adam Smith, Adrienne Law, Baudelaire Welch, Chrystal Ding, Ella McConnell, Ine Van Hamme, Jan Van Dosselaer, John Corcoran, Kevin VanOrd, Lawrence Schick, Martin Docherty, Rachel Quirke, Ruairí Moore, Sarah Baylus, Stephen Rooney, Swen Vincke (Larian Studios)

The Ray Bradbury Nebula Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

Barbie, Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach (Warner Bros., Heyday Films, LuckyChap Entertainment)

Additional awards and honors presented:

The SFWA Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award

Susan Mary Cooper

The SFWA Infinity Award

Tanith Lee

The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award

Jennell Jaquays

The Kevin O’Donnell, Jr. Service to SFWA Award

James Hosek

Congratulations to all of our fantastic finalists and to tonight’s winners, and to our members for voting and cheering on all the outstanding works from 2023.


2024 Nebula Conference Final Program Schedule

Please note, even though we are releasing this final programming update, the schedule is still subject to change.

Update: We’re currently aware of an issue where some names may not be showing up on the schedule due to a glitch. The team is working on getting that rectified as soon as possible!

Join us for the Nebula Conference June 6-9th, 2024. Programming will begin the afternoon of Thursday, June 6. Recordings of all panels will be available until April 2025. Below is our preliminary program of panels and meetups. The names of speakers will appear on this program as they are confirmed. The titles, descriptions, and participants of these panels are subject to change. Please email with questions about the program.

All in-person panels in Pasadena will be streamed as hybrid events for our online audience.

If you volunteered to speak on programming:

We want to thank everyone for submitting your names to speak, and as always, we have a wealth of skills and talents to choose from! The programming team worked with hundreds of speaker surveys, matching interest and availability and built a truly stellar program for all of you this year. If you were not chosen to speak during the weekend, we do still have your surveys and should any opportunities arise during the year for additional paneling or programming via our special ongoing events, we may still be in touch!

If you submitted a programming idea: We’re grateful for the hundreds of panel topics and suggestions submitted for the conference! If your submission was not scheduled for this conference weekend, we may still be in touch about using it for an online panel later this year or during another event.

Other Conference Events

Ceremony & Receptions. Join us for the 59th Nebula Award Ceremony! There will be opportunities to celebrate Nebula nominees at receptions during the conference: one to recognize the Grand Master and finalists, and one right before the ceremony as the red carpet event.

Author Meet-and-Greets. This year’s Meet & Greet assignments have also been completed. We tried to accommodate as many requests as possible, but due to availability and space constraints, not all requests were fulfilled. However, if additional slots become available, we will reach out to you with the opportunity. Please email with any further questions.

Bookshop. This year we’re thrilled to partner with Vroman’s, Southern California’s oldest independent bookstore – since 1894. A pop-up shop will be available during the conference on Friday and Saturday. Or, for the full experience, visit their storefront around the corner from the conference venue!

Office Hours. This year, we are reviving the Office Hours program virtually and in person! During an Office Hour, hosts meet with attendees one on one to offer mentorship, hear pitches, share expertise in a specialized field, answer questions about their own work, and give feedback on others’ work (such as an author website, query, first pages, etc…). Hosts have already been matched with those who’ve entered the lottery and have been notified. There may still be slots available. If you would like to request one of the open slots, please look up the desired Office Hours slot on the link above and mail your choices to Contact with any questions.

Networking Opportunities. Form new connections, meet members of SFWA committees, and expand your network. Conference receptions and opportunities to network will be available both in person and online.

Book Bags. Our volunteers are working hard to bring back the book bag for in-person volunteers. Email if you or your organization would like to donate any titles, ARCs, ebook coupons, etc. to this year’s bookbags.

Photography. Book a session with Richard Man to have your professional author headshot taken. Sign-up slots will be available onsite. Learn more about Richard and his work at his website.

Quiet Writing Room: Feeling inspired? On a deadline? We will set up a quiet writing room to help you get some writing done while you’re at the conference!

The Cooper Suite. Stop by the virtual Zoom suite for virtual conference attendees to mingle, network, and debrief after panel sessions. The Suite will feature overflow rooms for each panel stream, affinity spaces for writers from many diverse communities, a voice-only space for a low -sensory experience, and more spaces for all attendees to connect.

Jennell Jaquays Named the 2024 SFWA Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award Recipient


The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association is pleased to announce that the 2024 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award will be presented posthumously to Jennell Jaquays at the 59th Annual SFWA Nebula Awards® ceremony on June 8, 2024.

The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is given by SFWA for significant contributions to the science fiction, fantasy, and related genres community. The award was created in 2008, with Wilhelm named as one of the three original recipients, and was renamed in her honor in 2016. Ms. Jaquays joins the ranks of the latest Solstice Award winners, including Cerece Rennie Murphy, Greg Bear, Petra Mayer, Arley Sorg, Troy L. Wiggins, Ben Bova, and Rachel Caine.

Jennell Jaquays

A multi-award winning and honored artist, game designer, editor, and activist, Jennell Jaquays left an indelible mark on the gaming industry and SFF community for nearly fifty years. Ms. Jaquays’ career began in college, when she and her friends created “The Dungeoneer,” one of the first licensed Dungeons and Dragons fanzines.

Now, from magazines to books, Ms. Jaquays’ art can be seen on multiple covers and throughout the pages of the many different forms and iterations of Dungeons and Dragons’ media. Having designed two modules of her own, “Dark Tower” and “The Caverns of Thracia,”  her writing was celebrated by players for eschewing traditional and linear game mechanics and are not only playable today–but continue to inspire game designers and GMs.

Also known for her game industry work at companies such as Coleco, TSR, and id Software, Ms. Jaquays designed and contributed to multiple projects such as Coleco Vision, certain levels on the Quake II and III video games, arcade conversions of Pac-Man and Donkey-KongHalo Wars, and created an expansion pack in Age of Empires III.

Ms. Jaquays was nominated for multiple H.G. Wells Awards for her work and creation of the “Dark Tower” D&D module and for her design and illustrations on“Griffin Mountain.” Her work with Coleco’s WarGames won her the 1984 Summer C.E.S. original software award. Additionally, Castle Greyhawk won an Origins Gamer’s Choice Award for “Best Role-Playing Adventure,” and in 2017, the Academy of Adventure Gaming Arts & Design inducted Ms. Jaquays into their hall of fame.

Inspired by her own journey, Ms. Jaquays also became a recognized transgender activist, spending time working as the creative director of the Transgender Human Rights Institute.

“A beacon of hope and inspiration, Jennell Jaquays worked tirelessly in the spirit of community while gifting us with her art, her games, and her stories for almost fifty years,” said SFWA Director-at-Large, Monica Valentinelli. “The Board is honored to commemorate Jennell Jaquays and her indelible legacy as an artist, writer, and game designer in the video game and tabletop roleplaying industries.”

Accepting on behalf of Ms. Jaquays at the 59th Annual Nebula Awards is her wife, Rebecca Heineman.

Announcing the 59th Nebula Awards Toastmaster: Sarah Gailey

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) is excited to announce that author and SFWA Nebula and Hugo Award finalist, Sarah Gailey, will serve as toastmaster for the 59th Annual Nebula Awards® Ceremony! The ceremony will take place in Pasadena, CA on June 8th, 2024. Continuing on with SFWA’s commitment of inviting and including the global science fiction and fantasy community, the organization will be livestreaming the ceremony on Youtube.

SFWA President Jeffe Kennedy shared, “I’m delighted that Sarah will be our Toastmaster this year. With their wit and deep ties to the genre community, Sarah will bring grace and resonance to the ceremony.”

Sarah Gailey is a Hugo Award Winning and Bestselling author of speculative fiction, short stories, and essays. They have been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for multiple years running. Their bestselling adult novel debut, Magic For Liars, was published by Tor Books in 2019. Their most recent novel, Just Like Home, and most recent original comic book series with BOOM! Studios, Know Your Station are available now. Their shorter works and essays have been published in MashableThe Boston, and The Atlantic. Their work has been translated into seven different languages and published around the world.

“I am so honored to act as this year’s Toastmaster for the Nebula Awards Ceremony in June,” Gailey said. “It will be an absolute thrill to celebrate the ever-blooming excellence that thrives in genre literature.”

Honoring 2023’s outstanding SFF genre works, the Nebula Awards Ceremony will be a highlight of the hybrid 2024 SFWA Nebula Conference, taking place June 6-9th, 2024, online and at the Westin Pasadena in Pasadena, CA. Aspiring and professional storytellers in the speculative fiction genres may benefit from attending the entire professional development weekend full of panels and networking opportunities.

Tickets for the Nebula Awards Ceremony banquet, which precedes the ceremony itself, are also available. Queries and banquet tickets may be purchased by emailing or visiting

Sponsorships for the 2024 Nebula Conference Now Available!

The Nebula Conference, the annual highlight of the Science Fiction and Fantasy writing community, couldn’t happen without the help from our sponsors. This year we are planning a hybrid conference with over three days of educational, professional, and social events. We can’t wait to get you involved!

Conference attendees are at the heart of the science fiction and fantasy writing community. We anticipate 300 participants attending in person and another 300 streaming online.

There are limited sponsorship slots available. All opportunities are first-come, first-served and subject to SFWA approval. If you’re interested in sponsoring a panel or event, you can fill out this form or email for details on custom sponsorship opportunities.

Books bags are back for 2024!

This year, we’re asking publishers and other community members to donate up to 50 copies per title (we’re happy to accept more than one title!) of any middle grade, young adult, comic book, graphic novel, tabletop game or RPG, science fiction or fantasy book or periodical. ARCs and back stock are welcome. Digital-only works including books, games, and audio may also be distributed on postcards or bookmarks containing instructions for retrieval (via a web site, QR code etc.), and a clearly indicated expiration date. If you would like to donate please email for shipping address and other logistics.

Please note: books will need to arrive no later than June 3rd and shipping times will vary.

Sponsor opportunities for 2024 are as follows:

Platinum Sponsor: Support Our A/V

Audio/Visual equipment is the most important aspect of the Nebulas! As a Platinum Sponsor, your logo will be on all Nebula Award and conference email communication to SFWA members and conference attendees. But that’s not all! It’ll also appear in the commemorative program book, on screens during the conference both in-person and online, and on ALL panel webpages! Platinum Sponsors will also receive a table for 8 at the Nebula Awards Ceremony and conference registration for 2, providing individual’s information is submitted no later than April 15th. — $10,000

Gold Sponsor: Support Our Hospitality Suite

The most popular hangout during the conference is the hospitality suite. As a Gold Sponsor, your logo will adorn the doors of each suite! Your logo will also be on all Nebula Award and conference email communications to SFWA members and conference attendees and will appear in the commemorative program book! — $5,000

Gold Sponsor: Support the Finalist Packages

The Nebula Award is one of the finest achievements our finalists can receive in their writing careers. Attending finalists will be given a gift box that you can sponsor. Your logo will also appear in the commemorative program book and in Nebula Award email communications. Be a part of their memorable experience today! — $5,000

Gold Sponsor: Support the Book Bag

2024 is bringing back the book bag! And everywhere you look your exclusive logo will be hanging from everyone’s hand. Don’t miss this chance to have your logo adorn the book bag as well as be included in the commemorative program book and in Nebula Award email communications. Included: 1 Free Conference Membership. — $5000

Silver Sponsor: Support Our Receptions

Forever link your logo in the minds of reception attendees as a Silver Sponsor! Your logo will be proudly displayed at the Nebula Finalist reception, and the Award Ceremony reception. It will also be included on all Nebula Award and conference email communications to SFWA members and conference attendees and appear in the commemorative program book! — $2,500

Silver Sponsor: Support Our Badges

Catch the attention of every in-person conference guest by sponsoring our conference badges! Your sponsorship will help ensure we print high-quality, keepsake-worthy badges that our in-person attendees will wear throughout the conference weekend. Your logo will also be included in the commemorative program book and in Nebula Award email communications. — $2,500

Bronze Sponsor: Support Our Communications

As one of our Bronze Sponsors, your logo will be on all Nebula Award and conference email communications to SFWA members and conference attendees and will also appear in the commemorative program book! — $750

Other Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor a Panel

The Nebula conference will feature over 50 panels on writing and professional development for authors. Sponsor the panel of your choice and your logo and promotional information will appear on the webpage for the live stream and recording. The panel moderator will also be asked to thank your organization as the panel’s sponsor. Recordings of our conference panels can be viewed by attendees for up to a year after the event! — $350

Sponsor a Banquet Table

Secure the best seat in the house for the Nebula Award Ceremony by reserving a table at the banquet table for up to eight guests! Menu selections and guests’ names must be submitted by May 1, 2024. — $2000

Sponsor a Book Bag Donation

Be part of this well-loved tradition by stuffing our giveaway bookbag with your promotional materials such as announcements, pre-order info, or order discounts. Your promotional flier/card will be included in all in-person and virtual book bags. — $100*

*Please Note: Any physical book donations to our bookbags are welcome free of charge, only promotional materials require this sponsorship cost. Contact to donate books.

Congratulate a Nebula Finalist!

Being a finalist in the Nebulas is a career milestone and the awards evening will be filled with excitement and nerves. Send your well wishes and congratulations to any finalist you wish by filling out the form, which will be available soon at! Your note will be delivered to the finalist’s chair before the ceremony begins, providing them good vibes to last through the evening! —$25

SFWA Announces the 59th Nebula Awards Finalists!


March 14, 2024 – The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association (SFWA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the 59th Annual Nebula Awards®! Our congratulations go out to each and every finalist for the recognition of their excellent works published in 2023. 

The awards will be presented in a ceremony on Saturday, June 8, that will be streamed live as it is held in-person in Pasadena, CA, as part of the 2024 Nebula Conference Online. Winners in each category will be determined by the vote of Full, Associate, and Senior members of SFWA.

Here is the complete list of finalists:

Nebula Award for Novel

Nebula Award for Novella

Nebula Award for Novelette

Nebula Award for Short Story

Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

Nebula Award for Game Writing

  • The Bread Must RiseStewart C Baker, James Beamon (Choice of Games)
  • Alan Wake II, Sam Lake, Clay Murphy, Tyler Burton Smith, Sinikka Annala (Remedy Entertainment, Epic Games Publishing)
  • Ninefox Gambit: Machineries of Empire Roleplaying Game, Yoon Ha Lee, Marie Brennan(Android)
  • Dredge, Joel Mason (Black Salt Games, Team 17)
  • Chants of Sennaar, Julien Moya, Thomas Panuel (Rundisc, Focus Entertainment)
  • Baldur’s Gate 3, Adam Smith, Adrienne Law, Baudelaire Welch, Chrystal Ding, Ella McConnell, Ine Van Hamme, Jan Van Dosselaer, John Corcoran, Kevin VanOrd, Lawrence Schick, Martin Docherty, Rachel Quirke, Ruairí Moore, Sarah Baylus, Stephen Rooney, Swen Vincke (Larian Studios)

Ray Bradbury Nebula Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • NimonaRobert L. Baird, Lloyd Taylor, Pamela Ribon, Marc Haimes, Nick Bruno, Troy Quane, Keith Bunin, Nate Stevenson (Annapurna Animation, Annapurna Pictures)
  • The Last of Us: “Long, Long Time”, Neil Druckmann and Craig Mazin (HBOMax)
  • Barbie, Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach (Warner Bros., Heyday Films, LuckyChap Entertainment)
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among ThievesJonathan Goldstein, John Francis Daley, Michael Gilio, Chris McKay (Paramount Pictures, Entertainment One, Allspark Pictures)
  • Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Dave Callaham (Columbia Pictures, Marvel Entertainment, Avi Arad Productions)
  • The Boy and the Heron,  Hayao Miyazaki (Studio Ghibli, Toho Company)

Author Martha Wells has graciously declined her nomination as a novel finalist this year for System Collapse published by Tordotcom. In 2022, Wells also declined a nomination for novella and felt that the Murderbot Diaries series has already received incredible praise from her industry peers and wanted to open the floor to highlight other works within the community.

We look forward to celebrating all the finalists with aspiring and professional creators in the science fiction and fantasy genres at the 2024 Nebula Conference, June 6-9, 2024.

Questions about the awards or the upcoming conference may be directed to the SFWA Events Team at


March 14: Nebula Finalist Announcement, Early Bird Rate Ending, & Scholarship Application Deadline


Finalist Announcement

Please help us celebrate the announcement of our 2023 Nebula Award finalists (to be presented this year in Pasadena) with a presentation beginning on our SFWA Youtube channeltomorrow, March 14, starting at 5PM PT.

Once again, we’ll be calling upon a talented group of SAG-AFTRA narrators to take us through an evening filled with a variety of outstanding speculative fiction works.

It’s sure to be a night to remember! We hope you’ll join us!

Early Bird Rate Expiring 

Tickets are selling fast to the SFWA Nebula Conference, which is why we’re encouraging those of you who are on the fence about attending to register now. The early bird registration deadline is tomorrow.

Register Here

Join us to engage in professional development and foster community among SFF aspiring and industry professionals. And of course, we’ll celebrate our Nebula Award finalists and honorees throughout the weekend, but most especially at the Nebula Award ceremony. That includes recognizing the inspiring work of our newest Grand Master, Susan Cooper.

In-person registration includes all online access. With every conference ticket, you can watch and listen to all recorded panels and presentations that took place over the weekend. If you or someone you know needs a scholarship to participate in the conference, please keep reading!

Scholarship Deadline

SFWA will once again be offering scholarships for members of under-served communities to attend the Nebula conference! The 2024 Nebula Conference will take place June 6-9 in Pasadena, CA and online. If you or someone you know may benefit from these scholarships, please apply here or share this link:

Scholarship applications must be completed on this form by March 14th, 2024. The scholarship recipients will be selected from the applicant pool by lottery. Applicants may be considered for more than one scholarship if they identify with more than one of the following groups.

Here are the categories of scholarships we’re offering and the number of online conference scholarships available for each:

  • Scholarship for Black and/or Indigenous Creators: This scholarship is open to Black and/or Indigenous creators in the United States and abroad. (quantity: 15 online scholarships)
  • Scholarship for AAPI Creators: This scholarship is available to Asian creators, Asian American creators, and creators from the Pacific Islands. (quantity: 15 online scholarships)
  • Scholarships for Hispanic/Latinx Creators: This scholarship is available to creators with backgrounds in Spanish-speaking and/or Latin American cultures. (quantity: 15 online scholarships)
  • Scholarship for Writers Based Outside of the U.S.: This scholarship is available to creators who live outside the United States. (quantity: 15 online scholarships)
  • Scholarship for members of the LGBTQIA+ Community: This scholarship is available to creators who identify as LGBTQIA+. (quantity: 15 online scholarships)
  • Scholarship for creators with disabilities: This scholarship is available to creators who identify as having a disability. (quantity: 15 online scholarships)
  • Scholarship for creators who face financial barriers: This scholarship is available to creators whose financial situations may otherwise prevent them from participating. (quantity: 15 online scholarships)
  • Scholarship for in-person registration are available in limited quantities for creators who identify with one of our online scholarship groups. This scholarship does not include funds for travel, lodging or other related expenses to attend the conference, only for registration.

Our support of underserved communities isn’t possible without your help. If you are able, please consider making a donation at to help us fund additional scholarships in the future.

We hope to see you at the Nebulas!

The SFWA Events Team

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