The 2021 Otherwise Award was announced on January 17, 2023.

Recommendations are now open for this year's Otherwise Award.

Award Information

Conference Information

  • Award Year: 2021
  • Award Year Number: Year 31

Award Winners

The 2021 jury chose 2 works for the Otherwise Award.

Light from Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki (Tor Books, 2021)

Work Information

Title: Light from Uncommon StarsAuthor:
Publisher Name: Tor BooksCountry: USAYear: 2021
Work Type: Novel
Ryka Aoki: Light from Uncommon Stars
Ryka Aoki: Light from Uncommon Stars

Sorrowland by Rivers Solomon (MCD, 2021)

Work Information

Title: SorrowlandAuthor:
Publisher Name: MCDCountry: USAYear: 2021
Rivers Solomon: Sorrowland
Rivers Solomon: Sorrowland

Award Honor List

The 2021 jury chose 9 works for the Honor List

A Natural History of Transition, (Metonymy Press, 2021)

Work Information

Title: A Natural History of TransitionAuthor: Work Type: CollectionPublisher: Metonymy PressYear: 2021View on ISFDB

Danged Black Thing, (Transit Lounge Publishing, 2021)

Work Information

Title: Danged Black ThingAuthor: Work Type: CollectionPublisher: Transit Lounge PublishingYear: 2021View on ISFDB

The Actual Star, (Harper Voyager, 2021)

Work Information

Title: The Actual StarAuthor: Work Type: NovelPublisher: Harper VoyagerYear: 2021View on ISFDB

Bestiary, (One World, 2020)

Work Information

Title: BestiaryAuthor: Work Type: NovelPublisher: One WorldYear: 2020View on ISFDB

Dark and Deepest Red, (Feiwel and Friends, 2020)

Work Information

Title: Dark and Deepest RedAuthor: Work Type: NovelPublisher: Feiwel and FriendsYear: 2020View on ISFDB

Chouette, (Virago, 2021)

Work Information

Title: ChouetteAuthor: Work Type: NovelPublisher: ViragoYear: 2021View on ISFDB

She Who Became the Sun, (Tor, 2021)

Work Information

Title: She Who Became the SunAuthor: Work Type: NovelPublisher: TorYear: 2021View on ISFDB

The Unraveling, (Erewhon Books, 2021)

Work Information

Title: The UnravelingAuthor: Work Type: NovelOriginal Language: GermanTranslator: Benjamin RosenbaumPublisher: Erewhon BooksYear: 2021Publisher: PiperLocation: GermanyYear: 2018View on ISFDB

Cemetery Boys, (Swoon Reads, 2020)

Work Information

Title: Cemetery BoysAuthor: Work Type: NovelPublisher: Swoon ReadsYear: 2020View on ISFDB


  • Rebecca J. Holden (chair)
  • Anya Johanna DeNiro
  • Craig Laurance Gidney
  • Liz Haas
  • Ana Hurtado