The Sidewise Awards for Alternate History

The judges for the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 and 2020 Sidewise Awards, both presented Dec. 18, 2021, at DisCon III — The 79th Worldcon. The awards honor the best alternate history published in calendar 2019 and 2020.

Winner for
2019
Best Short-Form Alternate History

Harry Turtledove. "Christmas Truce".
Asimov's, November 2019.

Other Finalists

Seanan McGuire. "Any Way the Wind Blows".
Posted on Tor.com, June 5, 2019.

Christopher G. Nuttall. "Drang Nach Osten".
In Trouble in the Wind (eds. Chris Kennedy and James Young), Theogony Books, 2019.

Christopher G. Nuttall. "The Kaiserin of the Seas".
In To Slip the Surly Bonds (eds. Chris Kennedy and James Young), Theogony Books, 2019.

William Stroock. "The Blue and the Red: Palmerston's Ironclads".
In Those in Peril (eds. Chris Kennedy and James Young), Theogony Books, 2019.


Winner for
2019
Best Long-Form Alternate History

Annalee Newitz. The Future of Another Timeline.
Tor, 2019.

Newitz book cover

Other Finalists

K. Chess. Famous Men Who Never Lived.
Tin House, 2019.

Jared Kavanagh. Walking through Dreams.
Sea Lion Press, 2019.

John Laband. The Fall of Rorke's Drift: An Alternate History of the Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.
Greenhill, 2019.


The judges would also like to call attention to Elektra Hammond's 2019 story "O-Rings", which appeared in the anthology Alternate Peace. That story was ineligible for nomination because Sidewise Administrator Steven H Silver was the anthology editor.

Winner for
2020
Best Short-Form Alternate History

Matthew Kresal. "Moonshot".
In Alternate Australias (ed. Jared Kavanagh), Sea Lion Press, 2020.

Other Finalists

Andrew J. Harvey. "1827: Napoleon in Australia".
In Alternate Australias (ed. Jared Kavanagh), Sea Lion Press, 2020.

Sean McMullen. "Wheel of Echoes".
In Analog Science Fiction and Fact, January 2020.


Winner for
2020
Best Long-Form Alternate History

Adrian Tchaikovsky. The Doors of Eden.
Pan McMillan, 2020.

Tchaikovsky book cover

Other Finalists

Dennis Bock. The Good German.
Patrick Crean Editions, 2020.

Junior Burke. The Cold Last Swim.
Gibson House Press, 2020.

Mary Robinette Kowal. The Relentless Moon.
Tor, 2020.

Charles Rosenberg. The Day Lincoln Lost.
Hanover Square, 2020.

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

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