Congratulations to Cerece Rennie Murphy on The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award!

Upward and onward for Black Women in Horror! Yet another award will be coming home to one of the many talented writers on our list. The Science Fiction Writers Association (SFWA) just announced that the 2023 Kate Wilhelm Solstice Awards will be presented to Cerece Rennie Murphy (and posthumously to Greg Bear) at the 58th Annual SFWA Nebula Awards® ceremony in May. Congratulations, Cerece! 

According to the SFWA Press Release, “The Kate Wilhelm Solstice Award is given by SFWA for significant contributions to the science fiction, fantasy, and related genres community. The award was created in 2008, with Wilhelm named as one of the three original recipients, and was renamed in her honor in 2016. Murphy and Bear join the ranks of distinguished previous Solstice Award winners, including Petra Mayer, Carl Sagan, Octavia Butler, and Gardner Dozois.”

Cerece Rennie Murphy writes sci-fi/fantasy that sometimes takes a stroll on the darker side with demons, and murderous fairies, with a bit of gory killing on the side. In 2011, Cerece experienced her own supernatural event – a vision of her first science fiction story. Shortly after, she began developing and writing what would become the bestselling Order of the Seers trilogy.  Order of the Seers was selected as one of The Best Kindle Books of 2014 by Digital Book Today.  To date, Cerece has published ten speculative fiction novels, short stories, and children’s books.  In addition to working on the 3rd book in the award-winning Ellis and The Magic Mirror children’s book series with her son and releasing her first short story collection, Cerece launched Virtuous Con, an online sci-fi convention in February 2021. Her current writing projects include a new steampunk fantasy series.  Cerece lives and writes in her hometown of Washington, DC. Find her on her website at


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