2019 is proving to be an amazing year for this book!

In addition to being on the ballot for the Ditmar Award and the Aurealis Award, Sword & Sonnet now finds itself a World Fantasy Award finalist.

The complete anthology finalists:

  • Sword and Sonnet, edited by Aidan Doyle, Rachael K. Jones, and E. Catherine Tobler (Ate Bit Bear)
  • The Book of Magic, edited by Gardner Dozois (Bantam Books US/HarperVoyager UK)
  • Best New Horror #28, edited by Stephen Jones (Drugstore Indian Press UK)
  • Robots vs. Fairies, edited by Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe (Saga Press)
  • Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction, edited by Irene Gallo (Tor.com)

We are thrilled to be included in this fantastic group! Awards will be announced at the World Fantasy Convention, October 31 – November 3, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA.

We are also delighted to announce that Malon Edwards’ story, “Candied Sweets, Cornbread, and Black-Eyed Peas” is on the Sunburst Award finalist list! Good luck, Malon!


Sword & Sonnet is an anthology of stories devoted to the union of battle and poetry. We successfully funded in December 2017 through Kickstarter; the book features genre stories about women and non-binary battle poets. Lyrical, shimmery sonnet-slingers. Grizzled, gritty poetpunks. Word nerds battling eldritch evil. Haiku-wielding heroines.


Heian-era writer Sei Shōnagon was renowned for intimidating the men of court with her knowledge of poetry. We want to publish stories with awesome take-no-prisoner poets like Shōnagon.

You can find our full list of contributors here.

The project editors are Aidan Doyle, Rachael K. Jones and E. Catherine Tobler. As well as having editorial experience with PodCastle and Shimmer, we’re also award-nominated writers. Our cover art is by Vlada Monakhova.