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2022 award eligibility

Hello, friend! Thanks for checking out this page! Awards are a funny and complicated beast. Some awards are strictly voted on by an elected committee. Some awards are nominated by members of an organization and then voted on by committee. And some are entirely popular vote!

But which is which? Where can you find out? What do you have to do or be in order to nominate, vote, join committees, or see nominations and winners?

Um. I don't know.

I am but a lost traveler adrift in an absurd literary world, trying to organize things as I hurtle past. And when I manage to grab onto something and figure it out, I'm posting it here!

Right now, it's all of my own award eligibility, and the reasons why I think I have great stories that are award-worthy.

It's actually kinda difficult to cheerlead my own work. It feels pretty egotistical.

"Hey look at this amazing thing I did, look at it look at it look at it, aren't I great? tell me I'm great!"


But something I've learned in my minuscule time as a real-life grown-up published author is that you have to be your own biggest cheerleader, because (especially when you're starting out), if you don't do it, no one else is going to.

So here's my attempt at cheerleading myself! Rah rah go Sofi go!

My 2022 awards eligibility for different organizations, and how you can nominate and/or vote! Obviously I'd love it if you nominated and/or voted for my own book(s), but getting involved in these awards period is really great!


So if you vote for something else, no hard feelings, and YAY! Participation! Make your voice heard! Trumpet those amazing stories from the mountaintop!


Black Bird,
Blue Road


Andre norton nebula award for middle grade and young adult fiction

Nomination period ends February 28, 2023.

Final voting is open from March 15 to April 30, 2023.

In order to nominate a work, SFWA members must log into the SFWA discussion boards and then follow this link to the online ballot.

The golden Kite Award

Nomination period ends December 31, 2022.

The Golden Kite nominees are informed in January 2023.


Entry period is February 1, 2022 through March 31, 2022.

Silver, Gold, and Diamond Quill winners are announced during the Quills Conference in August 2023.

A historical fantasy novel for middle grade readers, BLACK BIRD, BLUE ROAD takes place in the 9th Century in Khazaria and features:

  • A Jewish myth that is rarely if ever covered in books or other media.

  • An uncommon setting: the Turkic Jewish empire of Khazaria, and unnamed locations in Central Asia.

  • Jewish mythological creatures, such as sheydim, benevolent werewolves, and the Milcham.

  • A character living with a terminal illness.

  • A character confronting the unkind assumptions she makes about another character due to his circumstances of birth.

  • An unusual portrayal of Death.

  • Real historical medical advancements.

  • An unreliable narrator whose perceptions of the story are warped by snap judgements.

BLACK BIRD, BLUE ROAD is a retelling of the Jewish myth of Luz, the city of immortality. It asks the question, "What does it mean to live forever?" framed within the author's experiences working in a trauma ICU.

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