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Imaginary Awards for Writing, Part 2

Imaginary Award for Best Novel, Novella, or Collection Cover Art

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Winner! Tess of the Road, cover art by Simon Prades

Descent of Monsters, cover art by Yuko Shimizu, Cover design by Christine Foltzer

Robots vs. Fairies, cover art by Amy Sol and Vault 49

Annex, cover art by Gregory Manchess & Cover Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio

The Rig cover design by Julia Lloyd

Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, cover art by Jon Foster & cover design by Christine Foltzer

All winners and nominees in the gallery below!



Winner! Akata Warrior by Nnedi Okorafor, cover art by Greg Ruth

Winner! Binti Home by Nnedi Okorafor, cover art by Dave Palumbo, cover design by Christine Foltzer

The Power by Naomi Alderman, interior illustrations by Marsh Davies, cover art by Richard Bravery

Landscape with Invisible Hand by MT Anderson, art by Matt Roeser

Star's End by Cassandra Rose Clarke, cover illustration by Darren Hopes

Passing Strange by Ellen Klages, cover art by Gregory Manchess, cover design by Christine Foltzer

Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald, art by Victor Mosquera

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz, art by Will Staehle

Beasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi, design by Eric Ford

Seven Surrenders by Ada Palmer, art by Victor Mosquera

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, jacket art by Chris Wormell

Borne by Jeff VanderMeer, designed by Abby Kagan, cover art by Rodrigo Corral

The Genius Plague by David Walton, cover illustration by Eric Nyquist, cover design by Nicole Sommer-Lecht

Artemis by Andy Weir, jacket design by Will Staehle

The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang, cover illustration by Yuko Shimizu, cover design by Christine Foltzer

All nominees and winners in the gallery below!

Imaginary Award for Best Ongoing Series

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Winner! The Lady Astronauts series by Mary Robinette Kowal

The Ghost Road series by Seanan McGuire

The Wayfarers series by Becky Chambers



Winner! The Wayward Children series (represented by Down Among the Sticks and Bones) by Seanan McGuire

The Winternight Trilogy by Katherine Arden

The Eden series by Chris Beckett

American Hippo series by Sarah Gailey

The Broken Earth trilogy by NK Jemisin

The Luna series by Ian McDonald

The Akata series by Nnedi Okorafor

The Binti trilogy by Nnedi Okorafor

The Nigerians in Space series by Deji Bryce Olukotun

2017 Nominees for Best Debut Novel or Novella

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Winner! A Conspiracy of Truths by Alexandra Rowland

The Poppy War by Rebecca Kuang

The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller

Semiosis by Sue Burke

Witchmark by C.L. Polk

The Warrior Within by Angus MacIntyre



Winner! Winter Tide by Ruthanna Emrys

The Bear & the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The City of Brass by SA Chakraborty

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C Dao

American War by Omar el Akkad

River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey

The Stars are Legion by Kameron Hurley**

Spaceman of Bohemia by Jaroslav Kalfar

An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

Killing Gravity by Corey J White

Imaginary Award for Best Controversial Book

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Winners! Space Opera by Catherynne M. Valente & 84K by Claire North

Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft

Circe by Madeline Miller

Summerland by Hannu Rajaniemi


This award didn’t exist prior to 2018.