BSFA 2018 Awards: Voting Form

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the BSFA Awards for works published in 2018.

The Awards will be presented at Ytterbium, the 70th Eastercon, which this year is taking place at The Park Inn Heathrow, London, from 19-22 April 2019. The ceremony will be in the evening of Saturday 20th April and Jeannette Ng will be our host..

BSFA members and Eastercon members are entitled to vote. Voting is available online at until the end of Monday 15th April. You can also vote by post (watch this page for a downloadable form); your voting form must arrive by the end of Monday 15th April. After this date votes must be delivered in person at Eastercon (by noon on Saturday 20th April).

The shortlisted works are:

Best Novel

Dave Hutchinson – Europe at Dawn (Solaris)

Yoon Ha Lee – Revenant Gun (Solaris)

Emma Newman – Before Mars (Ace Books)

Gareth L Powell – Embers of War (Titan Books)

Tade Thompson – Rosewater (Orbit)


Best Shorter Fiction

Nina Allan – The Gift of Angels: an Introduction (Clarkesworld)

Malcolm Devlin – The Purpose of the Dodo is to be Extinct (Interzone #275)

Hal Duncan – The Land of Somewhere Safe (NewCon Press)

Ian McDonald – Time Was (

Martha Wells – Exit Strategy (

Liz Williams – Phosphorus (NewCon Press)

Marian Womack – Kingfisher (Lost Objects, Luna Press)


Best Non-Fiction

Nina Allan – Time Pieces column 2018 articles (Interzone)

Ruth EJ Booth – Noise and Sparks column 2018 articles (Shoreline of Infinity)

Liz Bourke – Sleeps With Monsters column 2018 articles (

Aliette de Bodard – On motherhood and erasure: people-shaped holes, hollow characters and the illusion of impossible adventures (Intellectus Speculativus blog)

Adam Roberts – Publishing the Science Fiction Canon: The Case of Scientific Romance (Cambridge University Press)


Best Artwork

Ben Baldwin – wraparound cover for ‘Strange Tales’ slipcase set (NewCon Press)

Joey Hi-Fi – cover for ‘Paris Adrift’ by EJ Swift (Solaris)

Sarah Anne Langton – cover for ‘Unholy Land’ by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)

Sing Yun Lee and Morris Wild – artwork for ‘Sublime Cognition’ conference (London Science Fiction Research Community)

Likhain – In the Vanishers’ Palace: Dragon I and II (Inprnt)

Bede Rogerson – cover for ‘Concrete Faery’ by Elizabeth Priest (Luna Press)

Del Samatar – artwork for ‘Monster Portraits’ by Sofia and Del Samatar (Rose Metal Press)

Charlotte Stroomer – cover for ‘Rosewater’ by Tade Thompson (Orbit)


How to Vote: Mark your choices in each category in order of preference: ‘1’ for first place, ‘2’ for second place, etc.

You are not required to rank all the nominees in any category.

Advance votes must be received by Monday 15th April 2019, either electronic or postal.

If you intend to send votes by post instead of electronically,  please remember to include your BSFA membership number (you will find this on the envelope of your latest mailing) and your name and address. Return your postal votes to: BSFA Awards, 9 Montgomery Road, Cambridge CB4 2EQ.

EASTERCON: Those attending Eastercon can vote at the BSFA stand until noon on the day of the awards ceremony, which is on Saturday 20th April. If you are attending Eastercon, you do not need to be a member of the BSFA to take part in the vote.

We are very pleased to let you know that we have been working with the Best Short Fiction nominated authors and publishers to bring members the now traditional BSFA Awards booklet. We are endeavouring to get this finalised as soon as possible in order to give members as much advance reading time as possible. The idea behind the booklet was to allow for fair representation of those stories that were no longer commercially available in order to encourage participation in this category. In the past, many authors and publishers of works that were still commercially available have kindly also allowed us to reproduce their work in the same booklet in order to make it more convenient for our members to access their work for the purposes of voting. More recently, we have also been able to include extracts of work from the Best Non-fiction category. Please note that we cannot always guarantee that the work will be made available to us to use, but this year we will very happily be able to provide a booklet for members.

The BSFA Awards, along with other honours and prizes, can be your gateway to discovering great new fiction, non-fiction and artwork: we would always encourage our members to support the creators where they can by buying their books.

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