The juries of the British Fantasy Awards 2013(2)
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.
The Terry Pratchett Prize Shortlist Announced(2)
Sir Terry Pratchett and Transworld Publishers launched a new award for aspiring debut novelists, in June last year. The Terry Pratchett Anywhere But Here, Anywhen But Now Prize. Since the deadline for submissions on the 31st December 2012, the team have spent many hours reading, reporting and discussing over 500 entries that were submitted for the £20,000 advance publishing contract.
The shortlist are, in surname order:
The six shortlisted books cover a breadth of topics and sub genres, imagination and alternate worlds. Each shortlisted entry was chosen for their skilful writing, vast imaginative powers and ability to tell a good story!
The winner will be judged by Sir Terry Pratchett, Rob Wilkins, Alex Veasey from Forbidden Planet, Simon Taylor, Editorial Director at Transworld Publishers and Lynsey Dalladay Sir Terry Pratchett’s Publicist. The winner will be announced on the 31st May 2013.
Sir Terry Pratchett and Transworld Publishers would like to thank everyone who submitted an entry to the prize.
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.
The Kitschies’ Shortlists RevealedComments Off
This year’s shortlisted books are narrowed down from 211 submissions, coming from over 40 publishers that range from literary stalwarts Granta to pulp imprint Angry Robot.
The Red Tentacle (Novel), judged by Rebecca Levene, Patrick Ness and Jared Shurin:
The Golden Tentacle (Debut):
The Inky Tentacle (Cover Art), judged by Lauren O’Farrell, Gary Northfield and Ed Warren:
The winners will be announced in a ceremony at the Free Word Centre on 26 February. Winners will receive a total of £2,000 in prize money, as well as one of the prize’s iconic Tentacle trophies and bottles of The Kraken Rum.
Jared Shurin said “We always look for books that challenge people’s expectations of the speculative and fantastic. Although the pool of publishers and authors grows more diverse every year, there’s still a lot of work to be done. We hope that The Kitschies helps spur more discussion about what makes great fiction.”
The prize, sponsored by The Kraken Rum, is now in its fourth year, with previous winners including Lauren Beukes, China Miéville, Donald Westlake and Patrick Ness.
The Kitschies: 2012 Submissions by the NumbersComments Off
Ahead of the 2012 Kitschies shortlist announcement, Jared over on Pornokitsch have been looking at the submission numbers and throwing up a few charts.
“Before I get into my own superficial conclusions, it is important to note that I’m not claiming that our submissions are indicative of anything besides our submissions. But, at 200+ books, selected by the publishers (and occasionally prompted by the judges), there’s possibly some sort of loose/anecdotal correlation with the year’s genre output as a whole.
Check out the full post HERE
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.
This is Horror Awards 2012 now openComments Off
The This Is Horror Awards 2012 are now open. Please send your votes to awards [at] thisishorror [dot] co [dot] uk with the subject line ‘Awards 2012 Votes’. To cast a vote simply write the category and your vote for each award. You are allowed to vote for your top two in each category. Voting closes at 12:01am GMT on Friday 4 January 2013.
For full list of categories and nominations please go HERE
Sunburst Award jurors announcedComments Off
The Sunburst Award for Excellence in Canadian Literature of the Fantastic is a juried award to recognize stellar writing in two categories: adult and young adult. The awards are presented annually to Canadian writers with a speculative fiction novel or book-length collection of speculative fiction published any time during the previous calendar year.
The 2013 Sunburst Award jurors have now been announced. They are: Rebecca Bradley, Tony Burgess, Shari Lapeña, Barbard Roden and Leon Rooke. Full details HERE
2012 World Fantasy AwardsComments Off
The 2012 World Fantasy Award winners have been announced at the World Fantasy Convention in Toronto, Canada. This year’s judges were John Berlyne, James P. Blaylock, Stephen Gallagher, Mary Kay Kare, and Jacques Post. The winners are:
2012 World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!
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).