Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing
If a book is released on December 31st, it’s unlikely many potential voters will have read it by January 1st. So, how long after the end of the year should we wait before the nominating/voting process begins?
Should there be a single vote for the winners, or should there be nominations, followed by voting on a reduced set of choices? Nominations bring attention to each of the nominees, as voters read and review them in preparation for the final vote. Nominations could also prevent a situation where eighty books each receive one vote while another book receives two. In that case, is the book with two votes really a winner?
How many nominees should move on to the final voting? This number needs to be kept small if voters plan to read all the nominees. The number might not need to be fixed, if there is a mathematical technique which can determine natural breakpoints in the data. I have at least two math experts following my personal blog, perhaps they’ll chime in with an idea.
Please use the comments section to leave some feedback about when we should vote and how the voting should be structured. Award categories will be discussed in the next post.