BSFA 2016 Awards: Voting Form

Our ballot is now live! BSFA members who wish to send advance votes, can do so here. The Awards will be presented at Innominate, the 68th Eastercon, which this year is taking place at Hilton Birmingham Metropole from 14th-17th April 2017.

The shortlisted works are:

Best Novel

Chris Beckett – Daughter of Eden (Atlantic/Corvus)

Becky Chambers – A Closed and Common Orbit (Hodder & Stoughton)

Dave Hutchinson – Europe in Winter (Solaris)

Tricia Sullivan – Occupy Me (Gollancz)

Nick Wood – Azanian Bridges (NewCon Press)


Best Short Fiction

Malcolm Devlin – The End of Hope Street (Interzone #266)

Jaine Fenn – Liberty Bird (Now We Are Ten, NewCon Press)

Una McCormack – Taking Flight (Crises and Conflicts, NewCon Press)

Helen Oyeyemi – Presence (What is Not Yours is Not Yours, Picador)

Tade Thompson – The Apologists (Interzone #266)

Aliya Whiteley – The Arrival of Missives (Unsung Stories)


Best Non-Fiction

Rob Hansen – THEN: Science Fiction Fandom in the UK 1930-1980 (Ansible Editions)

Erin Horáková – Boucher, Backbone and Blake: The Legacy of Blakes Seven (Strange Horizons)

Anna McFarlane – Breaking the Cycle of the Golden Age: Jack Glass and Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Trilogy (Adam Roberts: Critical Essays, Gylphi)

Paul Graham Raven – New Model Authors? Authority, Authordom, Anarchism and the Atomized Text in a Networked World (Adam Roberts: Critical Essays, Gylphi)

Geoff Ryman – 100 African Writers of SFF (

Ann & Jeff VanderMeer – Introduction to The Big Book of Science Fiction (Vintage)


Best Artwork

Juan Miguel Aguilera – Cover of The 1000 Year Reich by Ian Watson (NewCon Press)

Tara Bush – Transition (Cover of Black Static #53)

Suzanne Dean and Kai & Sunny – Cover of The Sunlight Pilgrims by Jenni Fagan (William Heinemann)

David A Hardy – Cover of Disturbed Universes by David L Clements (NewCon Press)

Sarah Anne Langton – Cover for Central Station by Lavie Tidhar (Tachyon Publications)

Chris Moore – Cover of The Iron Tactician by Alastair Reynolds (NewCon Press)


How to Vote: Mark your choices in each category in order of preference: ‘1’ for first place, ‘2’ for second place, etc.

You are not required to rank all the nominees in any category.

Advance  votes must be received by April 12th 2017, either electronic or postal.

If you intend to send votes by post instead of via the e-ballot form,  please include your BSFA membership number (on the envelope of your latest mailing) and your name and address. Return your postal  votes to BSFA Awards 9 Montgomery Road, Cambridge CB4 2EQ

EASTERCON: Those attending Eastercon can vote at the BSFA stand in the fan desk area until noon on the day of the awards ceremony, which is on Saturday 15th April. If you are attending Eastercon, you do not need to be a member of the BSFA to take part in the vote.

We are very pleased to let you know that we have been working with the Best Short Fiction nominated authors and publishers to bring members the now traditional BSFA Awards booklet. We are endeavouring to get this finalised as soon as possible in order to give members as much advance reading time as possible. The idea behind the booklet was to allow for fair representation of those stories that were no longer commercially available in order to encouage participation in this category. In the past, many authors and publishers of works that were still commercially available have kindly also allowed us to reproduce their work in the same booklet in order to make it more convenient for our members to access their work for the purposes of voting. More recently, we have also been able to include extracts of work from the Best Non-fiction category. Please note that we cannot always guarantee that the work will be made available to us to use, but this year we will very happily be able to provide a booklet for members.

The BSFA Awards, along with other honours and prizes, can be your gateway to discovering great new fiction, non-fiction and artwork: we would always encourage our members to support the creators where they can by buying their books.