Nominations are now closed for the first round of the 2018 BSFA Awards.
What are the BSFA Awards?
The BSFA awards are presented annually by the British Science Fiction Association, based on a vote of BSFA members and – in recent years – members of the British national science fiction convention Eastercon. They are fan awards that not only seek to honour the most worthy examples in each category, but also to promote the genre of science fiction, and get people reading, talking about, and enjoying all that contemporary science fiction has to offer.
The awards process
You must be a member of the BSFA in order to take part in award nominations and voting. If you’re not currently a member, you can join here.
There are three rounds: longlist, shortlist, final vote. The first round, longlist nominations, is open from now until 31 December. After the nominations are collated, members will have the opportunity to vote for the shortlist between 1 January and 31 January. Then, once the shortlists have been announced in each category, members will be able to vote on the winners.
To nominate for the longlist, fill in the form here: https://tinyurl.com/BSFA2018nominations or email your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. A form and process for the second round will be made available on this page after the first round has closed.
~~~~ IMPORTANT NOTE FOR 2018 ~~~~
The criteria for the Best Novel award have changed this year. To match the other Awards, we no longer require that a novel be published for the first time in the UK or Ireland. Novels are eligible in the year of their first publication regardless of the place they were published.
See https://bsfa.co.uk/bsfa-awards-2018/ for more information.
In addition to the formal nomination and voting, we also maintain a list of suggested reading. Anyone may add to this – and you can make as many suggestions as you like. The suggested reading list is intended to encourage discussion, and alert members to worthy titles they may have missed. Please feel free to add eligible works here: https://tinyurl.com/BSFA2018suggestions.
What are the categories?
The Best Novel award is open to any novel-length work of science fiction or fantasy first published in the year of eligibility. Serialised novels are eligible, provided that the publication date of the concluding part is in the year of eligibility. Where a novel was first published in the UK or Ireland in the year of eligibility, it may also be included in the longlist, at the discretion of the Awards Administrator.
The Best Short Fiction award is open to any shorter work of science fiction or fantasy, up to and including novellas (40,000 words or under), first published in the year of eligibility (in a magazine, in a book, in audio format, or any electronic or web-based format).
The Best Artwork award is open to any single science fictional or fantastic image that first appeared in the year of eligibility.
The Best Non-Fiction award is open to any written work about science fiction and/or fantasy which appeared in its current form in the year of eligibility. Whole collections comprised entirely of unrevised work that has been published elsewhere previous to the year of eligibility are ineligible.
- Nominations are restricted to four per category.
- Nominations shall run to 31 December 2018.
- From 1 January to 31 January 2019, members may vote on nominations made so far to draw up a shortlist in each category.
- You may not make multiple nominations for a single work.
- You may not nominate your own work.
Not sure if the work you want to nominate fits the above criteria? Don’t worry, the definitions are kept as open as possible to allow for multifarious multimedia interpretation … if you’re not sure, just ask!
How to nominate