The Sidewise AwardPosted: October 20, 2011
From the random files: The Sidewise Award for Alternate History.
This award is named after a 1934 Short Story “Sideways in Time” by M. Leinster. (Wikipedia source). Sponsored by Uchronia, this award is given to excellent examples of the alternate history genre, and is presented annually since 1995 at the world science fiction convention (Chicon this year). For me, this is a really interesting branch of sci-fi and poses a lot of good what ifs. I like the what ifs. The Uchronia site linked above has a HUGE bibliography of titles in this genre. The award is given both to short form (under 60,000 words) and long form (full novels). Click HERE for a list of winners of the Sidewise. For nomination, the book must be published in English in the US. Graphic Novels/comic books are accepted, as well as stand-alone novels in a series OR the entire completed series. Copies of nominated works must be sent to the judges and e-copies are accepted. No mention of WHO submits: readers, publisher, authors, publicists….
All in all, this strikes me as a well-done award for an under-publicized genre. (more on that soapbox later). Keep Reading!