2018 Nebula Awards winners: ‘Children of Blood and Bone’ receives prestigious award

J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows’ is among the past winners of the young adult category.


The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America announced the winners of the 2018 Nebula Awards Sunday — and a popular YA novel took one of the top honors.

Tomi Adeyemi’s YA fantasy novel Children of Blood and Bone won the Andre Norton Award For Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book. Adeyemi was up against other YA authors, including Roshani Chokshi and Rachel Hartman.

“I WON A NEBULA AND IM EXCITED,” Adeyemi tweeted in reaction to the announcement.


Check out the runner-ups for the YA Nebula award:

  • Aru Shah and the End of Time (Rick Riordan Presents) by Roshani Chokshi
  • A Light in the Dark by A.K. DuBoff
  • Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
  • Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman
  • Peasprout Chen, Future Legend of Skate and Sword by Henry Lien

The Nebula Awards are among the most honored awards in science-fiction and fantasy, recognizing the best of genre writing. (They’re kind of like the Oscars for sci-fi and fantasy writers.) “Best Novel” is regarded as the highest award, with past honorees including Frank Herbert’s Dune, Larry Niven’s Ringworld and Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. Past winners in the young adult category include J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and The Art of Starving by Sam J. Miller.

Other 2018 Nebula Awards winners included Sony’s blockbuster film ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse’ as well as Mary Robinette Kowal’s novel The Calculating Stars, which took the top award for Best Novel.

It’s clearly shaping up to be a big year for Adeyemi. The sequel to Children of Blood and Bone is set to hit shelves in December.

Here’s a list of the other 2018 Nebula Awards winners

Best Novel

  • Winner: The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal
  • The Poppy War by R. F. Kuang
  • Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller
  • Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
  • Witchmark by C. L. Polk
  • Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhorse

Best Novella

  • Winner: The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
  • Fire Ant by Jonathan P. Brazee
  • The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark
  • Alice Payne Arrives by Kate Heartfield
  • Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach by Kelly Robson
  • Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

Best Novelette

  • Winner: The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander
  • The Last Banquet of Temporal Confections by Tina Connolly
  • An Agent of Utopia by Andy Duncan
  • The Substance of My Lives, the Accidents of Our Births by José Pablo Iriarte
  • The Rule of Three by Lawrence M. Schoen
  • Messenger by Yudhanjaya Wijeratne and R.R. Virdi

Best Short Story

  • “Interview for the End of the World” by Rhett C. Bruno
  • Winner: “The Secret Lives of the Nine Negro Teeth of George Washington” by P. Djèlí Clark
  • “Going Dark” by Richard Fox
  • “And Yet” by A. T. Greenblatt
  • “A Witch’s Guide to Escape: A Practical Compendium of Portal Fantasies” by Alix E. Harrow
  • “The Court Magician” by Sarah Pinsker

Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation

  • ‘The Good Place:’ ‘Jeremy Bearimy’ written by Megan Amram
  • ‘Black Panther’ written by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole
  • ‘A Quiet Place’ written by John Krasinski and Bryan Woods & Scott Beck
  • Winner: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ written by Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman
  • ‘Dirty Computer’ written by Janelle Monáe and Chuck Lightning
  • ‘Sorry to Bother’ You written by Boots Riley

Best Game Writing

  • Winner: ‘Black Mirror: Bandersnatch’ by Charlie Brooker
  • ‘The Road to Canterbury’ by Kate Heartfield
  • ‘God of War’ by Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog, Orion Walker, and Adam Dolin
  • ‘Rent-A-Vice’ by Natalia Theodoridou
  • ‘The Martian Job’ by M. Darusha Wehm
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