The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, announcement of the Sidewise Awards winners for alternate history published in 2019 has been delayed a year. The 2019 short list and winners will be annnounced at the same time as are the 2020 short list and winners, which will occur in summer 2021.


The judges for the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History are pleased to announce the winners of the
2018 Sidewise Awards, presented Oct. 15, 2019.
The awards honor the best alternate history published in calendar 2018.

Winner for
2018
Best Short-Form Alternate History

Oscar (Xiu) Ramirez & Emmanuel Valtierra.
Codex Valtierra

2018

Codex Valtierra sample page

Other Finalist for 2018 Best
Short-Form Alternate History

Rick Wilber. "The Secret City"
In Asimov's Science Fiction Sept./Oct. 2018.

Winner for
2018
Best Long-Form Alternate History

Mary Robinette Kowal.
The Calculating Stars

Tor 2018

Calculating Stars cover

Other Finalists for 2018 Best
Long-Form Alternate History

Hannu Rajaniemi. Summerland
Gollancz 2018, Tor 2018

Charles Rosenberg.
The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington

Hanover Square 2018

Lavie Tidhar. Unholy Land
Tachyon 2018

Winner for
Special Achievement Award

Eric Flint.
For his ongoing encouragement of the genre of alternate history through his support of the community and writers developed around his 1632 series.

The Sidewise Awards have been presented annually since 1995 to recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction. The judges for the 2019 and 2020 awards are Karen Hellekson, Matt Mitrovich, Jim Rittenhouse, Olav Rokne, Kurt Sidaway, and Steven H Silver.

Please address all inquiries and correspondence to the awards secretary, Steven Silver.