Awards for Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing
I expect this will be the last post on the blog this year, although I will continue to view and respond to comments as people give their input. The next post should be the official call for nominations, in early January.
Nothing is set in stone yet, so please leave comments if you’d like to see something changed. Here are the current plans:
Who can vote?
Any book blogger, podcaster, or booktuber who reviewed at least four books and/or shorter stories in the award’s calendar year. If you haven’t written four reviews yet, you still have time!
Employees of publishing companies, and others having professional relationships with publishing companies, may vote, but any relationship to a company whose works they’ve nominated must be disclosed. Those who nominate or vote for a self-published work must also disclose any personal or professional relationship with the author.
We will keep the number of awards small in our first year. All genres and subgenres of science fiction and fantasy will compete against each other.
There will be one award for shorter stories, so microfiction, short stories, novelettes, and novellas will all compete against each other. The cutoff point will probably be 40,000 words. If only a page count is available, we will assume 160 pages = 40,000 words.
There will be a second award for longer stories (novels).
There may be a third award for self-published / small press novels.
If there are insufficient nominations or votes in one or more of these three categories, the award may not be issued. We have not yet defined “insufficient”.
How many stories will make it to the final vote?
This will not be pre-determined. If three stories have five votes each, and twenty other stories have one vote each, I may send only three stories to the final vote.
If there are a large number of ties, such as thirty stories with two votes each, I will randomly choose a small number of stories to send to the final vote.
I may send a larger number of short stories than novels to the final vote, as voters are encouraged to read all nominees, and can read many more short stories with the same amount of effort.
I hope to see you all in January!