Winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2013(9)
Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award): Some Kind of Fairy Tale, Graham Joyce (Gollancz)
Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award): Last Days, Adam Nevill (Macmillan)
Best Novella: The Nine Deaths of Dr Valentine, John Llewellyn Probert (Spectral Press)
Best Short Story: Shark! Shark!, Ray Cluley (Black Static #29) (TTA Press)
Best Collection: Remember Why You Fear Me, Robert Shearman (ChiZine Publications)
Best Anthology: Magic: an Anthology of the Esoteric and Arcane, Jonathan Oliver (ed.) (Solaris)
Best Small Press (the PS Publishing Independent Press Award): ChiZine Publications (Brett Alexander Savory and Sandra Kasturi)
Best Non-Fiction: Pornokitsch, Anne C. Perry and Jared Shurin (eds)
Best Magazine/Periodical: Interzone, Andy Cox (ed.) (TTA Press)
Best Artist: Sean Phillips
Best Comic/Graphic Novel: Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics)
Best Screenplay: The Cabin in the Woods, Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard
Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award): Helen Marshall, for Hair Side, Flesh Side (ChiZine Publications)
Special Award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award): Iain Banks / Iain M. Banks
The World Fantasy Awards were presented at the same ceremony.
The winners were decided by the following jury members. On the main jury, deciding the categories of fantasy novel, horror novel, novella, short story, collection, anthology, magazine/periodical, comic/graphic novel and screenplay: Esther Sherman, Matthew Hughes, Neil Williamson, Pauline Morgan and Ros Jackson. Non-fiction: Djibril al-Ayad and Jason Arnopp. Artist: Daniele Serra, P.M. Buchan and Rachel Kendall. Small press: Elaine Hillson, Elloise Hopkins, Dave Brzeski, Rachel Kendall and Rhian Bowley. Newcomer: Adele Wearing, Alison Littlewood, Jim Steel, Lizzie Barrett and Peter Tennant. The Karl Edward Wagner Award was decided by a vote of the British Fantasy Society committee.
The nominees in each category had been decided by the voters of the British Fantasy Society and FantasyCon 2012, with the juries having a discretion to add up to two further egregious omissions in each category. The full list of nominees is here.
British Fantasy Awards 2013: non-fiction jury updateComments Off
A further jury update. One of the shortlisted non-fiction items, The Cambridge Companion to Fantasy Literature, features a chapter by one of the jurors in that category, Roz Kaveney, who has thus stepped down from the jury rather than cost the book its place on the shortlist.
To fill the gap the awards administrator has called on a name from his emergency list, Jacob Edwards, among other things a contributor of reviews and non-fiction to Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine and Theaker’s Quarterly Fiction. He has also taken three turns in the rotating captain’s chair of the former.
British Fantasy Awards 2013: the nominees(19)
These are the nominees for the British Fantasy Awards 2013. Four nominees in each category were decided by a vote of the members of the British Fantasy Society and the attendees of FantasyCon 2012, with up to two further nominees in each category being added by the juries as “egregious omissions”. The exception is the Best Newcomer category, in which all authors under consideration were put forward by voters.
Best Fantasy Novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
Best Horror Novel (the August Derleth Award)
Best Short Story
Best Small Press (the PS Publishing Independent Press Award)
Best Comic/Graphic Novel
Best Newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)
The winners of these categories will now be decided by the following juries. Main jury, deciding the categories of fantasy novel, horror novel, novella, short story, collection, anthology, magazine/periodical, comic/graphic novel and screenplay: Esther Sherman, Matthew Hughes, Neil Williamson, Pauline Morgan and Ros Jackson. Best non-fiction: Djibril al-Ayad, Jason Arnopp and Roz Kaveney. Best artist: Daniele Serra, P.M. Buchan and Rachel Kendall. Best small press: Elaine Hillson, Elloise Hopkins, Dave Brzeski, Rachel Kendall and Rhian Bowley. Best newcomer: Adele Wearing, Alison Littlewood, Jim Steel, Lizzie Barrett and Peter Tennant.
The winners of each of these awards, as well as the winner of the Karl Edward Wagner Award (a special award decided by a vote of the British Fantasy Society committee) and the World Fantasy Awards, will be announced at the Fantasy Awards banquet at the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
UPDATE: If any nominees would now like to attend the World Fantasy Convention, the awards banquet, or even just the ceremony itself, a small number of places have been reserved for a limited period of time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Jury UpdateComments Off
The jury for the British Fantasy Award for Best Artist now comprises:
Unfortunately, two of the former jury members – Jimmy Broxton and Rhian Bowley – have stepped down. Having made the final decision as to the need for any egregious omissions, the remaining jurors will now go on to decide the winner of the award. The British Fantasy Society would like to thank Jimmy and Rhian for their input with regard to the current list of nominees, which will be announced shortly.
The juries of the British Fantasy Awards 2013(4)
Below are the juries for the British Fantasy Awards 2013. The main jury decides the categories of fantasy novel, horror novel, novella, short story, collection, anthology, magazine/periodical, comic/graphic novel and screenplay, while the non-fiction, artist, small press and newcomer (Sydney J. Bounds) awards have their own juries. The special (Karl Edward Wagner) award is decided by a vote of the British Fantasy Society committee.
Over the next month or so the juries will decide whether to add any “egregious omissions” to the shortlists produced by the voting of the British Fantasy Society and the attendees of FantasyCon 2012. The shortlists will then be announced, and the juries will go on to decide the winners, which will be announced at an awards ceremony held at the World Fantasy Convention 2013, which runs from October 31 to November 3 in Brighton.
The jury members were selected by the British Fantasy Awards Administrator, Stephen Theaker (email@example.com), and approved by the committee of the British Fantasy Society.
British Fantasy Awards 2013: last chance to vote!Comments Off
If you are a member of the British Fantasy Society (congratulations on your wise choice of association!) or if you attended the glorious celebration of fantasy that was FantasyCon 2012 in Brighton (wasn’t the weather good for October?), today is the final day to cast your votes in the British Fantasy Awards 2013.
Every vote matters! In every category!
If there is nothing you wish to vote for this year, even empty voting forms will be gratefully received, just so we know we reached you.
Changes to the British Fantasy Awards constitutionComments Off
Following a proposal by BFS member Allen Ashley, this text was added to the rules:
Following a proposal by BFS chair Lee Harris, this text:
was replaced with:
The updated awards constitution can be seen here.
The constitution that applied from 30 September 2012 to 7 December 2012 can be seen here.
British Fantasy Awards 2013: informal eligibility list – submissions invited(1)
Before the 2013 awards get started, we are asking members, publishers and any other interested parties to help us in building (and correcting) an informal list of eligible items. Inevitably, the list will be incomplete, but it should prod our members’ thoughts in appropriate directions.
You don’t have to be a member of the BFS or a FantasyCon attendee to contribute. Feel free to supply details of your own work. We’d be grateful to anyone spreading the word about this on Twitter, Facebook or their blog.
If you have a large number of items to add (for example if you’re a publisher or the editor of a magazine), you may find it easier to supply them in a spreadsheet to the awards administrator (see below). Just be sure to include a column listing the appropriate categories.
Note that the resulting list is an informal eligibility list. There is no prestige in appearing on it. People whose items appear on the list must not describe themselves as British Fantasy Award nominees, or as having been longlisted for the British Fantasy Award. Members will not be limited to voting on items that appear on the list.
For any queries as to the eligibility rules, please see the British Fantasy Awards constitution. If any questions remain, please contact the awards administrator, Stephen Theaker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
BFS Short Story Competition 2012Comments Off
“For those of you who were not at FantasyCon 2012 or who don’t navigate their way through the Forum pages, I can now confirm that the winners of the BFS Short Story Competition are:
First place: Rope of Words by Megan Kerr
Second place: Green River by Aliya Whiteley
Third place: Saarbrucken Witch by Juliet Hubbell
All three stories will be appearing in a future print issue of The BFS Journal. My thanks to everyone who entered this year’s competition; the standard was very high. If you didn’t quite make my top trio you are now, of course, free to submit your stories elsewhere. Good luck doing so.
It’s highly likely that I will be judging next year’s competition, so keep an eye out for updates on that.”
Last chance to book for British Fantasy Awards BanquetComments Off
The deadline has been extended until the end of this week to book your place at the British Fantasy Awards Banquet on the Sunday afternoon, 30 September 2012, at FantasyCon. Always the grand finale of the convention, this is when the British Fantasy Society will announce the winners of this year’s prestigious British Fantasy Awards. Once bookings are closed we cannot take any further reservations.
The Banquet will be held in the Royal Albion Hotel’s Regency Lounge from 1:00pm until around 4:00pm on 30 September, when it will be followed by the traditional Dead Dog Party in the convention bar. There are only a small number of places remaining, and these will be allocated on a first-come basis.
To book your Banquet meal, please go to: http://www.fantasycon2012.org/banquet.php where you will find a full choice of menu and details of how to pay.
Please note that you MUST be a registered attendee of FantasyCon 2012 when you book your Banquet meal, unless you are a British Fantasy Award nominee for this year.
Publishers and individuals who wish to pre-reserve a table should e-mail banquet [at] fantasycon2012.org and supply a list of the ten people that they will have on their table. Each person should have a meal booked and paid for before the table reservation is made.
FantasyCon 2012 is being held at the Royal Albion Hotel in the historic seaside town of Brighton, East Sussex, over the weekend of 27 – 30 September 2012. We now have fewer than 40 memberships remaining, so if you haven’t joined up yet, then please do so now. All you have to do is go to the “How to Join” page on the website (www.fantasycon2012.org/join.php), submit the form with your details and then pay via the PayPal buttons. Alternately, you can print out the form and mail it with a cheque to the address given. A limited number of Saturday-Only memberships are also now available.