Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing
Should different genres get their own awards, such as one set of awards for science fiction, one for high/epic fantasy, and another for urban fantasy/paranormal? This boils down to how much overlap there is in the interests of our voters. If voters are primarily interested in just one genre, they might find their votes always overwhelmed by a different voting group. The downside to separating the genres is that as the other factors listed below are included, the number of categories balloons. Also, do science fiction bloggers get to vote in fantasy categories?
Award categories for different lengths of work are traditional. Other awards use novel, novellla, novellete, and short story as categories. Novel is an obvious category to keep, but few bloggers review shorter works, so perhaps it would be practical to combine the others into a shorter-than-novel category.
Should novels that extend a series get their own category, separate from standalone / first-in-a-series novels? Series novels build on past worldbuilding and character development; is it fair to put them in competition with novels that start from nothing?
Should self-published or small press works get separate categories? Fundamentally, they are the same type of product, but they don’t benefit from the publicity and placement the big publishing houses provide. Since fewer bloggers review self-published works, will these categories be viable?
Please use the comments section to leave some feedback about categories.