Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing
The winners of our new science fiction and fantasy awards will be chosen by book bloggers, podcasters, and booktubers. That seems simple enough, but how do we decide if a person is one of those? Is one book review some time in the distant past good enough? One book review in the past year? Three reviews? Six reviews?
This raises another issue: should there be a minimum standard for a review? If someone says “thumbs up” or “five stars”, is that a review? I normally hate it when people equate length with quality, but should there be a minimum word count / time length for a review to qualify?
Should bloggers who are paid employees of a publishing company be allowed to vote? If so, should they be allowed to vote for books from their own company? Should they be allowed to vote for an author’s short story when their company is promoting a novel from that author?
All nominations and votes will be public. There will be a post calling for nominations or votes. Each eligible person will post their choice in the comments section, along with a link to the post/podcast/video which explains why they made their choice. (That content will be re-blogged/embedded on this site, to give it more exposure.) There won’t be any complicated and problem-inducing ranking system; each voter will get one vote per category. Perhaps the indecisive should be allowed to cast two half-votes.
Please use the comments section to leave some feedback about who should be eligible to vote.