Young Adult and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction awards, USA 2014

Media release April 2, 2014

Detcon1 announces finalists for the Detcon1 Awards (the USA awards for 2014 while WorldCon is offshore) for Young Adult and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction

Detroit, MI – Detcon1, the 2014 North American Science Fiction Convention, is delighted to announce the final list of nominees and that voting is open for the Detcon1 Awards for Young Adult and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction.

The finalists for each category are as follows:

Young Adult
Allegiant by Veronica Roth (Katherine Tegen Books)
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater (Scholastic Press)
The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Arthur A Levine Books)

Middle Grade
Handbook for Dragon Slayers by Merrie Haskell (HarperCollins)
House of Hades by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion)
Zombie Baseball Beatdown by Paolo Bacigalupi (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

Only members of Detcon1, supporting or attending, are eligible to vote, and voting closes June 22, 2014.  Further information on voting will be sent to Detcon1 members directly is available at http://detcon1.org/award.  Those interested in purchasing a supporting or attending membership to Detcon1 can do so at http://detcon1.org/involved/registration/  A supporting membership is only $35, makes the member eligible to vote for the awards, and includes copies of all Detcon1 publications.

Detcon1 created two Member’s Choice awards to be presented with the Golden Duck Awards in a joint ceremony during Detcon1 at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, MI, on Saturday, July 19, 2014.  The award statues are being designed and produced by Jeremy R. Haney, a Detroit-area artist.

Detcon1 Award Administrator Maggi Idzikowski says, “The variety of speculative fiction on Detcon1’s shortlist just goes to show the breadth of content, setting and style that is being published now.  Science fiction, fantasy, YA publishing in general is going through a tremendous renaissance.  From vampires to demigods, from Virginia to Brazil, humorous and dramatic and everything in between, this is an excellent sampling of the finest in speculative fiction for young readers.”

Nominations for the Detcon1 Awards for Young Adult and Middle Grade Speculative Fiction were accepted for any book-length young adult or children’s science fiction or fantasy books first published in calendar year 2013.  Works published in a language other than English were also eligible if their first year of publication in English was 2013.  Nominations opened in December 2013, and closed in March 2014, and were open to both members of the convention and the general public.  Category determination between Young Adult and Middle Grade for each work was determined by the work’s publisher.

Funding for the Detcon1 Awards and related Young Adult programming was provided by Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, held in Chicago, IL.