Nominate for the BSFA Awards

What are the BSFA Awards?

The BSFA awards are presented annually by the British Science Fiction Association, based on a vote of BSFA members and – in recent years – members of the British national science fiction convention Eastercon. They are fan awards that not only seek to honour the most worthy examples in each category, but to promote the genre of science fiction, and get people reading, talking about and enjoying all that contemporary science fiction has to offer.

The nominations form for works published in 2016 will be made available on 1st October 2016.

The window for suggestions will be open until 31st December. This will be the first round.
Then from 1st January to 30th January the opportunity for members to vote for their shortlist from the collated suggestions will be provided. This will be the second round.
Please note, the nominations form at the bottom of this page is for the first round. A form and process for the second round will be made available on this page after the first round has closed.

How to nominate and make suggestions for works that other people can nominate.

If you would like to officially nominate for the BSFA Awards 2016, you have come to the right place.
Your nominations will not be made public, and you are restricted to four nominations per category, so you may wish to use the suggestions form to suggest your favourite works to other BSFA members as well – and you can make as many of those as you like. Please feel free to make suggestions of things you would like to nominate. Form to be made available on 1st October here.
Any suggestions made will be visible here.

Who can nominate?  You may nominate a work if YOU:

  • Are a member of the BSFA


  • Send or give your nominations to the Awards Administrator to arrive by the 31st December of each year.

What are the categories?

The Best Novel award is open to any novel-length work of science fiction or fantasy that has been published for the first time in the UK or Ireland, or works published solely in e-book format (Serialised novels are eligible, provided that the publication date of the concluding part is in the year of eligibility). The Best Short Fiction award is open to any shorter work of science fiction or fantasy, up to and including novellas (40,000 words or under), first published in  the year of eligibility (in a magazine, in a book, in audio format, or any electronic or web-based format). The Best Artwork award is open to any single science fictional or fantastic image that first appeared in the eligible year. Again, provided the artwork hasn’t been published before the year of eligibility it doesn’t matter where it appears. The Best Non-Fiction award is open to any written work about science fiction and/or fantasy which appeared in its current form in the year of eligibility. Whole collections comprised entirely of unrevised work that has been published elsewhere previous to the year of eligibility are ineligible.

  • Nominations are restricted to four per category.
  • Nominations shall run to December 31st.
  • From January 1st to January 31st of the following year, members may vote on nominations made so far to draw up a shortlist in each category.
  • A minimum of three nominations will be required for a work to be included on the ballot; if there are fewer than three works achieving this level of support, the category will not be awarded.
  • You may not make multiple nominations for a single work.
  • Please do not nominate your own work.

Not sure if the work you want to nominate fits the above criteria? Don’t worry, the definitions are kept as open as possible to allow for multifarious multimedia interpretation… if you’re not sure, just ask!

How to nominate.

  • An electronic form for nominations is available below.
  • OR nominations can be emailed to the Awards Administrator via

Because of the page limitations, you can only make four nominations at a time below, which is also the limit of the number of nominations you can make in each category. We suggest you nominate one category at a time. If you want to nominate in further categories, please revisit this page, which you can do by clicking on the “Go Back” link, after submitting a nomination. It will help us enormously if you include all the right information with your nomination.

For example:
Iain M Banks
Place of Publication (if a magazine or journal article, you can name the publication here, or the publisher)
URL (if applicable) (NB: This is good for online links to stories, non fiction and artwork)
Category (please select from the dropdown)
Your name
Joanne Bloggs
BSFA member 101234, postcode BL3 BLA1A.
(Comments section can also be used to tell us what you think of the work, or ask questions)