Dartmouth announces Ann & Jeff VanderMeer as 2019 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award judges

Dartmouth’s Neukom Institute for Computational Science has announced two heavy-hitters to judge its 2019 Literary Arts Awards: Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. The award issues a cash prize to three works of speculative fiction that examine the potential of computational sciences.

Last year, the awards went to Best Worst American, by Juan Martinez (debut author), while Lavie Tidhar’s Central Station, and Corinne Duyvis’s On the Edge of Gone shared the prize for the open category.

Ann VanderMeer is an award-winning editor of short fiction, and has edited for publications such as Weird Tales and Tor.com, as well as anthologies such as The New Weird, The Big Book of Science Fiction, and the forthcoming Big Book of Classic Fantasy. Her husband, Jeff VanderMeer, collaborated with her on those anthologies, and has become well-known for his Area X trilogy (Annihilation, Authority, and Acceptance), and his latest novel, Borne.

Submissions for the prize closed in December, and the short list of finalists will be released in the coming weeks.