Thoughtful Thursday: The 2019 Nebula Awards: Novelettes & Short Stories

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 55th Annual Nebula conference (May 29-31) will be held online this year and the 2019 Nebula Awards will be announced on Saturday, May 30, 2020.

Today let’s talk about the finalists for Best Short Story and Best Novelette. We’ll talk about other categories in future columns.

Here are the finalists in these categories. Click the links to read our reviews and get the links to the stories.



Here are our favorites (hover for title & author):

"Ten Excerpts from an Annotated Bibliography on the Cannibal Women of Ratnabar Island" Nibedita Sen Nightmare Magazine"The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power" Karen Osborne Uncanny Magazine"For He Can Creep" Siobhan Carroll"A Strange Uncertain Light" G.V. Anderson Fantasy & Science Fiction

Which are your favorites? Which stories have you read? Who do you predict will win?

Give us your thoughts and predictions in the comments. One random commenter with a USA mailing address will choose a book from our stacks.

Good luck to all the finalists!

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  1. I don’t know why, but I can never keep up with the short stories and the novelettes. Don’t get me wrong, they’re great reads, but you never know which one is going to be nominated for any award. Not to mention, if you don’t have a subscription or access, then you don’t get to read the stories at all.

  2. SandyG /

    I haven’t read any of those. I don’t generally have a lot of access to short stories

  3. Noneofyourbusiness /

    I haven’t read any of these, but a lot of them are from authors I know.

  4. Noneofyourbusiness /

    Darn it, forgot to check the followup box.

  5. John Smith /

    I love the cover for “For He Can Creep”! –Clearly, it must have been created by Red Nose Studio!

    And I love the idea of that novelette’s cat’s-eye-view!

  6. The Distinguished Professor /

    Sarah Pinsker was nice when we met her at the World Fantasy Convention some years ago.

  7. Lady Morar /

    I think Cat Rambo is creative.

  8. SandyG, if you live in the USA, you win a book of your choice from our stacks.
    Please contact me (Marion) with your choice and a US address. Happy reading!

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