Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing
I’m asking my fellow book bloggers, along with podcasters and booktubers, to join me in creating a new set of awards for science fiction and fantasy stories. Why invent another award? In addition to numerous regional and sub-genre awards, there are currently two broad awards: The Nebula and the Hugo. While both are based on good ideas, it’s possible they are overly influenced by the publishing industry.
Nebula Award winners are chosen by the members of the SFWA. Having authors choose the best stories seems logical, but has some drawbacks:
Anyone who is willing to spend $40 can vote in the Hugo Awards. The large fee is probably meant to limit voting to the highly motivated, but introduces other flaws:
There has been hostility involving the Hugo awards recently, and I don’t want this blog to become another forum for complaints one way or the other. Let’s focus on the idea of building something new.
The winners of our new awards will be chosen based on the opinions of people who put time and effort into analyzing and comparing science fiction and fantasy stories: book bloggers, podcasters, and booktubers.
What are the benefits for those who participate? First, their content will be re-blogged/embedded here whenever they post a nomination or vote, which will promote their site. Second, it’s fun to discover new books and engage with other fans.
What are the benefits for authors who win the award? For established, well-known authors, probably very few. For a new author who manages to pull off a win, tagging their book as “award-winning” might just give their career the push it needs.
In the next few days, I’ll make additional posts seeking feedback about who should be qualified to vote, how they’ll vote, when they’ll vote, and in what categories awards should be issued. Save your feedback on those topics, but please leave a comment here with your general thoughts, and if you are a blogger/podcaster/booktuber, let me know if you’re interested in participating.