Most of the books and stories that Otherwise Award jurors read to pick a winner are nominated by authors and readers. We need your suggestions. If you’ve read a work of science fiction or fantasy that explores or expands our notions of gender, please tell us about it by filling out the recommendation form below. If you have more than one, just fill out the form again with a new recommendation and repeat the process until you’ve told us about them all.
Recommendations close on the 1st of December, 2022. Because recommendations are accepted from everyone, and haven’t been reviewed by the jury, we request that nominated creators not publicize their appearance on this list: if you win, or your work shows up on an honor list or long list, please publicize to your heart’s content!
The 2022 Otherwise Award will be given in 2023, location to be determined.
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The 2022 Otherwise Award Recommendedations
|Ornella NgabireEmmanuel Ndayishimiye||The Smiley Girl||Self-published||I recommend to check out this book because it has won the 2nd place in the 2021 Reader’s Choice Awards by TCK publishing.It is a story of a little girl who inspires other children and their families to take action and keep up with daily random acts of kindness through a kindness calendar. There would not be anymore bullying, hate or lack of self esteem if every child thinks and says only kind things every single day. The story was short to keep the attention span of the targeted readers. The main character also teaches them how to plan and organize which is another strategy that should be taught to children.||2022-01-03 11:10:26|
|Starscribe Not applicable||Child of Mine||Self-published||Starscribe completed this fantasy story and published it in January of 2021. Child of Mine explores gender roles like few stories I've read, touching on what it means to be transformed into something completely unimaginable and to be transformed by unimagined love. It's visceral strength lies in that it never shirks its responsibility to address the gory and embarrassing details of maternity. That the once male character faces a choice of returning to himself and the loss of the child-parent bond that has grown through the ordeals he has suffered and lived through, displays the depth of the human heart—regardless of the constraints of gender. This is also a fan fiction, and from a franchise that was unfortunately made controversial in the SF&F community. I think it transcends this impediment. I am a SFWA member.||2021-12-25 13:20:47|
|C. A. McDonald||A Woven Womb||in Dispatches from Anarres, Forest Avenue Press||A brilliant vision of parenting and family-making.||2021-12-20 09:30:05|