Award Nominations are Open… Yay! Just one teensy thing

It’s that time of year again, where quite a lot of the year has gone and there’s still a bit of the year to go. And this is the time of year we like to talk about awards.

Of course, nominations for the British Science fiction Association Awards can come in at any point in the year. But we like talking about them now, and hopefully our members start thinking about the books, stories, reviews, articles, artwork, audiobooks, podcasts etc that they’ve had exposed to their eyes ears appropriate senses ( probably not taste, but if you do ingest your science fiction this way, please don’t do it with anything I’ve lent you) and then they send them to us by form/email/e-form/carrier pigeon, and we start compiling the lists of things that have been nominated.

*We must now bring your attention to a rather embarrassing problem with the postal form*

Ahem… the eagle-eyed among you will have spotted that the postal form that arrived with the latest copies of Focus and Vector is missing the small but vital bottom boxes where members would ordinarily have put their name and membership number. Sadly, no one from our membership seems to have spotted this omission and warned us about it/laughed in our faces. From which I conclude you may not have noticed, you’re all rather lovely, and none of you possess optical organs genetically comparable with those of an eagle.

By all means, still use the paper form if you would like to, but please scribble your name and either membership number if you know it, or postcode if you don’t. That way we can make sure you are not an anonymous person voting for their own work, or trying to sneak in a double nomination for that thing you love so much.

You can use this form to send us your nominations – it will only let you send 3 at a time, but of course you can send in loads more than that if you like. And you can also email awards@bsfa.co.uk . All the how-to details and eligibility information is here so do check this page first.

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About Donna Scott

Chair of the BSFA since June 2013. Prior to this I was Awards Administrator, taking over that role from Claire Briarley in 2008. I am officially Donna Bond since getting married in May 2013, but continue to write and perform under my previous name, Donna Scott. My short fiction stories have been published in various anthologies and magazines, and I was winner of the inaugural Short Cuts at the MAC in 2005. As a comedian, I have performed all over the UK. Comedy has also given me the opportunity to perform alongside big names like Sarah Millican and Jasper Carrott! As a poet, I've also performed all over the place, including lots of science fiction conventions, and sometimes my poetry and comedy get kind of mixed up. I was the first official Bard of Northampton, it's true. I've got a tankard that says so... I love being a part of the BSFA - I've always been a devourer of books and being part of this association has enabled me to explore some great science fiction classics - and classics of the future, that I might otherwise have not heard about. I've met some lovely people with an enthusiasm for the genre, made firm friends, and got to meet some of my favourite writers, too! As a writer, I also have to say that FOCUS is the best magazine for writers I've ever come across - and as a member I get that for free. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this?

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