Gather the party: Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards 2021

In case you missed my terribly excited Twitter announcement a little while back, this year I have joined the 2021 jury for the Subjective Chaos Kind of Awards! We have gathered our party behind the scenes and put forth our nominations, and now we can finally share our shortlists!



Best Short Story

Juice Like Wounds – Seanan McGuire (

Yellow and the Perception of Reality – Maureen F. McHugh (

You Perfect, Broken Thing – C.L. Clark (Uncanny Magazine)

Volumes – Laura Duerr (Cast of Wonders)

In Kind – Kayla Whaley (Vampires Never Get Old: Tales With Fresh Bite)

Convergence in Chorus Architecture – Dare Segun Falowo (Dominion: An Anthology of Speculative Fiction from Africa and the African Diaspora)

Tiger Lawyer Gets It Right – Sarah Gailey (Escape Pod: The Science Fiction Anthology)


Best Novella

Ring Shout – P. Djèlí Clark

Sweet Harmony – Claire North

Riot Baby – Tochi Onyebuchi

The Empress of Salt and Fortune – Nghi Vo

The Four Profound Weaves – R.B. Lemberg

Upright Women Wanted – Sarah Gailey


Best Series

Witches of Lychford – Paul Cornell

Daevabad – S.A. Chakraborty

The Poppy War – R.F. Kuang

Sweet Black Waves – Kristina Pérez

Islands of Blood and Storm – Kacen Callender

Dominion of the Fallen – Aliette de Bodard


Best Debut

Raybearer – Jordan Ifueko

Year of the Witching – Alexis Henderson

Cemetery Boys – Aiden Thomas

The Scapegracers – Hannah Abigail Clarke

Legendborn – Tracy Deonn

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin – Roseanne A. Brown


Best Blurred Boundaries

Interior Chinatown – Charles Yu

Mexican Gothic – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Harrow the Ninth – Tamsyn Muir

The Bone Shard Daughter – Andrea Stewart

The City We Became – N.K. Jemisin


Best Science Fiction

Repo Virtual – Corey S. White

The Space Between Worlds – Micaiah Johnson

Goldilocks – Laura Lam

The Vanished Birds – Simon Jiminez

Nophek Gloss – Essa Hansen

Deal With the Devil – Kit Rocha


Best Fantasy

The House in the Cerulean Sea – TJ Klune

Black Sun – Rebecca Roanhorse

The Wolf of Oren-Yaro – K.S. Villoso

Comet Weather – Liz Williams

The Midnight Bargain – C.L. Polk

The Once and Future Witches – Alix E. Harrow


Ta-daaaaa! I am so, so very excited to get to reading, which is underway, and to voting for our finalists!

In the meantime, though, I will be attempting to keep track of my thoughts and opinions on those nominees in categories where I am on a jury (we’re being selective, but as balanced as we can be) by writing them up in regular-ish reviews. So keep your eyes peeled for those posts as they happen!

If you missed the announcement of this year’s jurors, you can check out our introductions courtesy of a certain Womble at

That’s all from me for now, I’ve got a stack of reading to do…





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