British Fantasy Awards – call for Jurors – closes 12th May.

We are seeking to add to our pool of jurors for the shortlist stage – please click here to apply to join. We are especially keen to extend the diversity of the juror panels.

What is it like? Here are some words from a few times volunteer juror, Ruth Booth:

After three years on juries for the BFS Awards, I reckon being on an award jury is both harder – and much, much more rewarding than I originally expected. Oddly, it’s less about the nominated works, though that always provides an interesting snapshot of the current moment in genre. Moreso, being on a jury involves fascinating discussions about speculative works. Some years you all agree, others you’ll be talking preferences for days. The latter are often more rewarding, throwing up new insights into what makes the best in a given category, ones that sometimes make you rethink long-held positions. Above all, though, the best part of being a BFS juror is the opportunity to uplift and reward the very best that genre has to offer. And on the day of the BFS awards, you can’t help but feel proud that you helped draw attention to the work of a well-deserved winner.

and from current BFS Chair, Helen Armfield:

Last year (before I was chair), I sat on the jury for Best Magazine/Periodical. Whilst the number of publications each jury sees is a shortlist of 4 to 8, it was still quite a task to read all the issues of each from the year – with some publications being monthly, and each consisting of a number of articles, short stories, essays and/or news items. I was very grateful that most had an electronic format for use to read, as it meant that I could give each issue a proper read in a variety of places and times of day, and that I was seeing most in the sort of settings that their day to day regular readership did too.

The collaboration of the jury was an integral and interesting part of the process – again we talked electronically (we had members in a few countries), and whilst we didn’t ‘compare notes’, we did spend time checking we were all working to a set of ideas of our own, and then talk about the merits (as we saw them individually) of each publication and why we had ranked them as we had. It was nail-biting when we thought we might have a tie, and needed to go away and look again at each publication to confirm our judgements.

So… might this be you? Do you have any questions? You can tweet them @britfantasysoc or you could send an email to the Awards Administrator at bfsawards@britishfantasysociety.org.

Or you could just click here to apply to join. Application window closes on the 12th May 2019.