Announcing the 2021 Scribe Awards and…hey! Whaddayaknow?

The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers (IAMTW) recognizes the wide range of authors who work on media tie-ins. Often overlooked, these writers craft exciting tales using beloved characters and settings of franchises including the likes of Mike Hammer, Firefly, Murder She Wrote, James Bond, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Star Wars, Doctor Who, and Star Trek. These stories can be original adventures, or adaptations of movies or television episodes. They include all genres and a wide range of lengths and formats.

To recognize the accomplishments of the unsung authors in this particular field, the IAMTW sponsors the annual Scribe Awards. This year’s awards have six categories to highlight excellence in Novels: Adapted and Original–General, Original–Speculative, Short Stories, Audio Dramas, Young Adult/Middle Grade works, and Graphic Novels:

Audio Drama
Doctor Who: The Enemy of My Enemy by Tracey Ann Baines
Doctor Who: Out of Time by Matt Fitton
Torchwood: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4 by Tim Foley
Torchwood: Save Our Souls by Scott Handcock
Doctor Who: He Kills Me, He Kills Me Not by Carrie Thompson

General and Adapted Novel
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker  by Rae Carson
Masquerade for Murder by Max Allan Collins
Mindgame by David J. Howe
Watch Dogs Legion: Day Zero by James Swallow & Josh Reynolds

Graphic Novel
Blade Runner 2019 by Michael Green and Mike Johnson
Doctor Who: Two Doctors by Jody Houser
Star Wars: Darth Vader Volume 1 – Dark Heart of the Sith by Greg Pak
Horizon Zero Dawn by Ann Tool
Life is Strange by Emma Vieceli

Original Novel – Speculative
Marvel’s TheAvengers: The Extinction Key by Greg Keyes
Firefly: The Ghost Machine by James Lovegrove
Star Trek (Kelvin Timeline): More Beautiful Than Death by David Mack
Star Trek: Discovery – Die Standing  by John Jackson Miller
Star Trek: The Original Series – Agents of Influence by Dayton Ward

Short Story
Overwatch: “Stone by Stone” by Christie Golden
Warhammer 40,000: “A View from Olympus” by Gareth Hanrahan
KeyForge: “Useful Parasites” by M. K. Hutchins
KeyForge: “Extermination Examination” by Robbie MacNiven 
Wraith: The Oblivion: “Scritch, Scratch” by Monica Valentinelli

Young Adult/Middle Grade
The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel by Sheela Chari
Minecraft Dungeons: The Rise of the Archer-Illager by Matt Forbeck
Marvel’s Xavier Institute: Liberty and Justice for All by Carrie Harris
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker by Michael Kogge
Clue: In the Study With the Wrench by Diana Peterfreund

Congratulations to all the nominees!

IAMTW President Jonathan Maberry will announce the winners on Friday July 2 at 4pm Pacific time via Facebook Live on the organization’s group page at

Congratulations also to the IAMTW’s 2021 Faust Award Recipient, this year’s Grandmaster: Max Allan Collins!

As the saying goes, “It’s an honor just to be nominated,” but make no mistake: I am truly thrilled to be nominated for Agents of Influence. As a lifelong fan of the original Star Trek series, it’s always a treat for me to get to write a new story featuring Captain Kirk and his merry band. That this one was strong enough for the judges to include in their list of nominations is – in point of fact – a genuine honor as well as a point of supreme personal satisfaction for me.

However, I’m also keenly aware that the “Original Novel – Speculative” category of the Scribe Awards features a strong list of nominees. That’s pretty much been the case every single year since the Scribes were founded. The other categories are no cakewalk, either, but there’s just something about this particular grouping always seems like it carries an extra level of intensity. I’m both proud and petrified to be listed alongside people I consider friends and colleagues. No matter who wins, I’ll be applauding their success. Meanwhile, other friends and fellow word pushers have recieved nominations in the other categories, and I’ll be cheering them on, as well.

Now we just have to wait for July 2nd, when Jonathan Maberry announces the winners!

4 thoughts on “Announcing the 2021 Scribe Awards and…hey! Whaddayaknow?

  1. That’s awesome news! And yes, some stiff competition, but I think Agents of Influence and Die Standing are definitely at the front of the pack here.

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