For the John W. Campbell Award:
For those of you who attended Anticipation WorldCon in Montreal last year, you’ll know that the Campbell Award for best new writer was awarded to David Anthony Durham. You may also know you have the ability to nominate for the award which will be given at AussieCon. If you’re looking for some ideas on who may be eligible, Writertopia has compiled a list if you’re filling out a nomination ballot. To vote in the awards, you’ll need to buy a supporting membership for $50.00 USD or an attending membership if you’re making the trip to Australia.
For the Hugo Awards:
The same process applies here as do the Campbell Awards. If you attended Anticipation, you have the right and honor to nominate your favorite works, authors, artists, editors, and publications for one of the highest awards in the SF/F field. Aside from the list I compiled at the bottom of the page, I was at Boskone this weekend and attended the Hugo panel. Some materials were given out and I found these lists to be most helpful as well.
- The 2009 Locus Recommended Reading List – Keep in mind though, if you are voting for say, best novel, Locus splits their favorites up into sub categories. If you are looking for things to read to ultimately consider nominating for that award, compress the four categories (Novels – Science Fiction, Novels – Fantasy, Young Adult Books, First Novels) into one big list.
- NESFA 2009 Hugo Recommended Reading List
Other Resources for Consideration:
- Amy H. Sturgis on StarShipSofa and the Fanzine Category
- Cheryl Morgan – Hugo Voting on the Cheap (This has some great info on award-eligible women in the SF/F field)
- Rachel Swirsky – Nebula Nominations (I think most of these suggestions can be used in Hugo eligibility as well.)
- Mary Robinette Kowal – Hugo Eligibility Post
- John Scalzi – Hugo Eligibility Post
- Cheryl Morgan – Hugo Post
- Cheryl Morgan – Australian Artists
- Neil Clarke – On the Importance of Showing Why Semi-Prozines Should be Supported and Valued (Links to sites eligible for the Semi-prozine Hugo Award)
- John Klima – On Why the Hugos are important for both the writers and fans of SF/F
- The Hugo Recommend Live Journal Community
- Paul Cornell’s Comic Recommendations
- Best Fan Writer Recommendations
- Charlie Stross – Hugo Eligibility
- Beneath Ceaseless Skies Hugo Recommendations
- John Joseph Adams – Hugo Eligibility
I can’t stress enough how important it is to nominate. People see the voting as perhaps the easy and fun part of awards aside from handing out a plaque and rocket, but participation in the nomination process not only takes a bigger sample of worthy items but also sends the message that you care about being a part of the whole process.
Nominations for both the Hugos and Campbell Award close on March 13th, so get to reading and more importantly, get to nominating!