We have made some changes to the nominations process, limiting the number of nominations members can make in each category to just 4, and so we thought it would be useful to also have a suggestions form where anyone can make suggestions for things that are eligible for nomination.
The form to make your suggestions is located here.
We will add a link for this suggestions list and form to the Awards page.
Who can make suggestions?
Absolutely anyone, and it doesn’t even matter if you have an interest in the category. You can be the writer, illustrator or publisher. You can be the suggested person’s mum. Or, you can just be someone who has read and loved a book, story or article, or seen a cover you liked the look of. You don’t have to be a BSFA member to suggest anything either. This list is there to give BSFA members an idea of what may be eligible. It will not influence the results in any other way than making sure that BSFA members can see your suggested item in a list, making it less likely for them to forget about it.
Items will appear in the list almost immediately after you have clicked submit, and we will need to check and tidy them up when we can. Do let us know if you see anything amiss that we don’t seem to have tidied up in a timely manner – there’s a corrections section to the form.
Our immense gratitude goes to member Stephen Theaker who helped us put this form together.
With just a few days to go, the BSFA team are getting very excited about Satellite 4 in Glasgow. Quite a few members of the committee will be there at our desk in the Dealers Room, so you can pop by, say hello, refresh your membership in person, and grab some goodies (I am bound to have a stash of sweeties). A couple of appeals from us desk-bound types: if there are any members who would like to contribute an hour here or there to volunteer sitting at the BSFA desk, we would be very grateful. Please come and say hello and we will find a time for you. Also, if you would like to contribute book prizes for our fund-raising Lucky Dip, please do bring those along on Friday… and then we’ll be running the game over the rest of the weekend.
And of course, we are hosting some great events at the convention.
Saturday 19th April, 1pm. The BSFA Lecture.
Dr Sara-Patricia Wasson (Edinburgh Napier University) presents her talk on ‘Trade in flesh and tears: some science fictions of organ harvest’. Introduced by Tony Keen.
Sunday 20th April, 7pm. The BSFA Award Ceremony/James White Award Ceremony
The annual BSFA Awards as voted for by members of the BSFA and Eastercon for Best Non-Fiction; Best Art; Best Short Fiction and Best Novel. Also, the James White Award: results of the competition to find the best short story by a non-professional writer for 2013
BSFA presenters include: Andrew J. Wilson, Alice Lawson , Jim Burns, Steve Lawson, Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell , and Stephanie Saulter.
BSFA members will have received their copies of Vector and the BSFA Awards Booklet in the last few days. I would like to say thank you for all the feedback we have received from members. So many of you were so pleased to have received your publications, so thanks for all the tweets and shares on social media. We also had some very useful comments from some members that we will certainly use to inform future publications. As you may be aware, there has been a lot of discussion lately about fair representation for creators of science fiction in reviews and merchandising, and about what the industry can do to help eliminate reinforcement of unconscious bias. The BSFA is here to represent its membership – scrub that, the BSFA is its membership – and we wouldn’t have a publication to put together without many of our members coming together to read, review, report, write, edit, design, typeset and organize the whole caboodle. We are grateful for this, and proud that in the last four issues, 35% of our reviews have been of female authors, which is well above industry average. But that’s our average; we have dipped well below this in the last issue. We would like 35% to be our bar for improvement. Publishers, we need your help with this – please submit more of your publications by female authors for review. And we also need more female reviewers! Please get in touch if you have any questions or would like to give reviewing for the BSFA a try.
Our members will hopefully find the BSFA Awards Booklet a useful tool for deciding who to vote for in the BSFA Awards, but even if you’re not a member, you can still vote if you’re going to Eastercon. If you head over to Starship Sofa, they have recorded audio versions of the shortlisted stories for Best Short Fiction 2013. I am also reproducing the shortlisted nominations for Best Artwork 2013 below, with apologies to Richard Wagner whose artwork was unfortunately slightly cropped in the print version we sent out to members.
Dream London – by Joey Hifi
Metropolis by Kevin Tong
The Angel at the Heart of the Rain by Richard Wagner
There will be no e-newsletter now until after Satellite 4. If you are a member and have been missing out on the e-newsletter, please get in touch. We have a lot of dead emails on our lists so we may need to update your details. The next newsletter will include details of our member survey, exclusive author interviews and member competitions, so it’s going to be well worth getting. Thanks for reading, and see you at Eastercon!
The British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) is delighted to announce the shortlist for its annual BSFA Awards for works first published in 2013. The BSFA has been running the awards since 1970, awarding the first Best Novel award to John Brunner’s 1969 novel Stand on Zanzibar.
The 2012 BSFA Award Winners
The BSFA Awards draw on nominations from their membership, and in the case of the Best Novel Award are open to UK publications only.
The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Satellite4 Eastercon convention the Crown Plaza Hotel, Glasgow Sunday 20th April 2014. BSFA Prize-winners will receive a coveted BSFA trophy. Also in the ceremony will be the annual James White Award announcing its short story competition winner.
At the BSFA, we have counted up our award nominations, and are buzzing with excitement to tell you which works have been shortlisted… but you have to wait!
Tom Hunter, Director of the Arthur C. Clarke Award, revealed the total number of submissions of novels by female writers this week – and it was a staggering 33. Last year, there were only 18 out of 82 books. But how many books will have been submitted overall? Tom is teasing us with that number and won’t tell us! But what he did tell us was that he hoped releasing this list first would be “a positive contribution towards further raising the profile of women writers of science fiction in the UK and beyond.” Nice one, Tom.
The full list of submissions will be announced next Thursday. Our BSFA representatives, Duncan Lawie and Ian Whates, along with all the other judges, will be reading like mad to try to get through them all and be ready to announce their collective shortlist on March 18th. Then, the glamorous Royal Society in London will host the awards ceremony once again on May 1st.
Waving its tentacles in our general direction next come The Kitschies – the shortlists having been announced this week. The Kitschies are an annual prize for books
containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic”. Jared Shurin and Anne C. Perry have been running The Kitschies for the past 5 years, and their quest this year was to find the most “progressive, intelligent and entertaining” fiction of 2013 (and give the writers some rum! Probably…)
This year’s shortlists are selected from a record 234 submissions, coming from over fifty different publishers and imprints.
The Red Tentacle (Novel), selected by Kate Griffin, Nick Harkaway, Will Hill, Anab Jain and Annabel Wright:
Red Doc> by Anne Carson (Jonathan Cape)
A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki (Canongate)
Bleeding Edge by Thomas Pynchon (Jonathan Cape)
More Than This by Patrick Ness (Walker)
The Machine by James Smythe (HarperCollins / Blue Door)
The Golden Tentacle (Debut), also selected by the above panel:
Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key)
A Calculated Life by Anne Charnock (47 North)
Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Orbit)
Nexus by Ramez Naam (Angry Robot)
Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (Atlantic)
The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art), selected by Craig Kennedy, Sarah Anne Langton, Hazel Thompson and Emma Vieceli.
Dreams and Shadows by C. Robert Cargill (Gollancz) / Design and illustration by Sinem Erkas
The Age Atomic by Adam Christopher (Angry Robot) / Art by Will Staehle
Homeland and Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Titan) / Design by Amazing15
Stray by Monica Hesse (Hot Key) / Art by Gianmarco Magnani
Apocalypse Now Now by Charlie Human (Century) / Art by Joey Hi-Fi
The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Seven Dials Club on 12th February and will receive a total of £2,000 in prize money, as well as one of the prize’s distinctive Tentacle trophies and bottles of The Kraken Rum.
Will any of The Kitschies shortlist titles be reflected in the shortlists for the BSFA awards, which will be announced next week? What do you think? I know, but… my lips are sealed!
Hope you had a fabulous Christmas and New Year. Quite a few of you sent in nominations over this period, and we are picking through them now to make sure they are good and proper before adding them to this list (unfortunately, some very good things got nominated, just a year or more too late).
Although we do still have a few more to add, as you can see from below we are lacking in artwork nominations still. A few more non-fiction nominations wouldn’t go amiss either.
Look! We made the noo-spaypa! But don’t go fretting about those 2014 lists just yet. As you can see from our longlist already, there are plenty of fabulous reads and exciting new voices to learn about from our writers of 2013. So don’t just Twitter on about it… nominate!
And anyway, we can generate our own controversy, can’t we? The categorisation of one of these titles made me scratch my head, although in the end I thought “fair enough”. What do you think?
With just 4 weeks to go until nominations close, here is the latest list of stuff BSFA members have thought was pretty good this year. Remember, you have until January 14th to get your nominations in, but no need to wait. And don’t assume that the appearance of your favourite on this list makes it safe. A work needs only a single nomination to make this list. Some have got a dozen, some just have that single nomination… so keep them coming!
On Wednesday 20th March 2013, join Donna Scott, BSFA Awards Administrator, for a lively chat all about this year’s BSFA Awards Shortlist. Joining Donna will be:
Duncan Lawie – an SF critic and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He will also be a BSFA representative on the Arthur C Clarke Award judgiing panel for 2013. Speaking of the event, Duncan says, “I think there are two obvious picks for this year’s BSFA award novel – but I wonder if anyone else will agree which two.”