2021 Locus Awards

The Locus Science Fiction Foundation announced the winners in each category of the 2021 Locus Awards on June 26, 2021, during the virtual Locus Awards Weekend. Connie Willis (Doomsday Book, The Last of the Winnebagos) MCed the awards ceremony. Additional weekend events included readings and panels with leading authors. You can watch the ceremony HERE. Connie Willis is a great, laugh-out-loud speaker.

The Locus Awards are in their 50th year, voted on by the readers of the science fiction and fantasy magazine Locus.    Scifi.radio announced the nominees here.

The links are to sites where you can buy or read the story. There are also synopsis and illustrations for most nominees covering decades of the Awards here: worldswithoutend

The all time leader in Locus nominations is Robert Silverberg, the most wins by Gardner Dozois. 

What do you think of these selections? Did your favorites win? Did you notice that all 5 novel category winners are women? I think that’s a first!

Here are all the 2021 nominees and winners of the Locus Awards:

Science Fiction Novel

Fantasy Novel

Horror Novel

Young Adult Novel

First Novel

  • WINNER: Elatsoe, Darcie Little Badger (Levine Querido)



Short Story




  • WINNER: Tor.com
  • Analog
  • Asimov’s
  • Beneath Ceaseless Skies
  • Clarkesworld
  • F&SF
  • Lightspeed
  • Strange Horizons
  • Uncanny


  • WINNER: Tor
  • Angry Robot
  • DAW
  • Del Rey
  • Gollancz
  • Orbit
  • Saga
  • Small Beer
  • Subterranean
  • Tordotcom


  • WINNER: Ellen Datlow
  • John Joseph Adams
  • Neil Clarke
  • C.C. Finlay
  • Silvia Moreno-Garcia
  • Diana M. Pho
  • Jonathan Strahan
  • Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas
  • Ann & Jeff VanderMeer
  • Sheila Williams


  • WINNER: John Picacio
  • Kinuko Y. Craft
  • Galen Dara
  • Julie Dillon
  • Bob Eggleton
  • Donato Giancola
  • Kathleen Jennings
  • Shaun Tan
  • Charles Vess
  • Michael Whelan


Illustrated and Art Book

Special Award 2021: Amplifying Diverse Voices


David Raiklen
David Raiklen

David Raiklen wrote, directed and scored his first film at age 9. He began studying keyboard and composing at age 5. He attended, then taught at UCLA, USC and CalArts. Among his teachers are John Williams and Mel Powel.
He has worked for Fox, Disney and Sprint. David has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2004 American Music Center Award. Dr. Raiklen has composed music and sound design for theater (Death and the Maiden), dance (Russian Ballet), television (Sing Me a Story), cell phone (Spacey Movie), museums (Museum of Tolerance), concert (Violin Sonata ), and film (Appalachian Trail).
His compositions have been performed at the Hollywood Bowl and the first Disney Hall. David Raiken is also host of a successful radio program, Classical Fan Club.