2021 Scribe Awards announced!

Last evening, the International Association of Media Tie-in Writers (IAMTW), in the form of the organization’s president, the inimitable Jonathan Maberry hosting via video conference, announced this year’s crop of Scribe Award winners. These awards celebrate excellence in the field of writing licensed works that tie into other media such as television, movies, gaming, or comic books. They include original works set in established universes, and adaptations of stories that have appeared in these other formats, and which include every genre from mainstream police procedurals to science fiction, fantasy, horror, romance just to name a few of the heavier hitters.

The list of nominees and winners includes several people I’m proud to call friends and colleagues, so without further ado:

(Winner in each category boldly listed!)

Audio Drama
Doctor Who: The Enemy of My Enemy by Tracey Ann Baines
Doctor Who: Out of Time by Matt Fitton (tie)
Torchwood: Tropical Beach Sounds and Other Relaxing Seascapes #4 by Tim Foley (tie)
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 (tie)
Warhammer 40,000: “A View from Olympus” by Gareth Hanrahan
KeyForge: “Useful Parasites” by M. K. Hutchins (tie)
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


Also, Max Allan Collins was named as this year’s winner of the IAMTW’s Faust Award, adding him to the roster of impressive writers elevated to “Grandmaster” status within our little corner of the writing realm. Max along with fellow writer Lee Goldberg founded the IAMTW out of a desire to elevate the visibility of this often misunderstood genre of publishing, and he exemplies everything it means to be a contributor to this genre not just as a writer and editor but also a mentor to other writers of every stripe.

And finally, Jonathan presented Deborah Stevenson with the first-ever IAMTW Service Award. For whatever the heck my opinion’s worth, I can think of no individual more deserving of such recognition. Her contributions to the IAMTW cannot be overstated, and she’s just an awesome lady, to boot. Congrats, Deb!

It was an honor to be nominated again this year, and to stand next to friends and colleagues in what is an extremely competitive category year after year. It drives me to work ever harder, and for that I can never sufficiently thank my comrades for continuing to provide that inspiration.

2 thoughts on “2021 Scribe Awards announced!

  1. Congratulations, Mr.Ward, on your nomination. I am a big fan of yours and I’m a huge Trekkie myself. I love all of Star Trek, unconditionally. I just sought out your Seekers series with David Mack and your on-again,off-again writing partner, Kevin Dilmore.
    I can’t wait to read it! I loved the Vanguard series so much! It was really nice to see the Tholians get some love in the Star Trek books for once. I also thought that the Typhon Pact was awesome too!
    Anyways, I’m getting off track. I just wanted to tell you that I am very excited to get the new ST:TNG novel Shadows Have Offended. I know you didn’t write it! But you oversee the entire Star Trek book line and the comics too.
    The reason I am so excited about it is because this is the first TNG novel in 25 years to be set during the series and feature the Enterprise-D again. I grew up in the ’90s, the Golden Age of Star Trek to some. My favorite Captain though is Kirk. It all started with him. If there had been no TOS, we wouldn’t have gotten anybody else, it’s as simple as that.
    If you love Star Trek, then you love it all. Just like the Enterprise. My favorite Enterprise is the Enterprise-E. But the original NCC-1701 ranks right up there with her.
    Then Archer’s Enterprise, Defiant, Voyager, Discovery etc etc. Anyways, I just wanted to say that I think I know where your going with the Star Trek book line. You’re going to go back to form, right? One and dones as it were.
    The way it used to be in the ’80s and ’90s. And you’re doing this because of Picard, right? I wonder what you’re going to do when Picard ends? Because it’s only supposed to last 3 seasons you know.
    Anyways, just wanted to tell you how excited I am for the new TNG novel set during the series and the DS9 one too, Revenant. That looks awesome too! And who can forget about Coda coming in the fall, right?
    I am very excited for that too!
    But why has there been no cover reveal for it yet? The first book in the trilogy is set to come out in 60 days. Revenant doesn’t come out until December and they just did a cover reveal for that. But there’s no cover reveal for Coda yet, makes one think, huh?
    Well, that’s all I wanted to say to you, Mr.Ward. Thank you and all of the writers who keep Star Trek alive and going strong in the books. Thanks to all of you for years and years of entertainment. For taking my mind away from the darkness of this world and bringing it to strange new worlds and civilizations.
    For giving me hope in the darkest of times, like when I lost my daughter when she was 2 and a 1/2 years old to pneumonia or when I found out that I inherited a deadly genetic neurological disease called Huntington’s Disease for which there is no cure. Star Trek has always been there for me to give me hope in the darkness. Thank you and all of the other writers who’ve come before for keeping it going strong. I know you guys don’t get the accolades that you should.
    But I appreciate everything you guys do and I thank you for it. Live long and prosper, Mr.Dayton Ward🖖


    1. Thanks very much for the kind words. Glad you’re enjoying the books.

      “But you oversee the entire Star Trek book line and the comics too.”

      “Oversee” is overstating things a bit, though I do consult on various novel and comics projects.


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