We want your suggestions for the British Fantasy Awards 2015

If you are a publisher, author, critic or fan, please consider submitting items to our suggestions list for the benefit of voters in the British Fantasy Awards 2015. You don’t need to be a BFA voter yourself or a member of the society to suggest items.

The current list can be seen here: http://tinyurl.com/list2015.

To suggest items (or to point out mistakes), use this Google form: http://tinyurl.com/suggestions2015.

We are looking for suggestions in the following categories:

  • best fantasy novel (the Robert Holdstock Award) (40,000 words and up)
  • best horror novel (the August Derleth Award) (40,000 words and up)
  • best novella (15,000 to 39,999 words)
  • best short story (up to 14,999 words)
  • best collection
  • best anthology
  • best independent press
  • best non-fiction
  • best magazine/periodical
  • best comic/graphic novel
  • best artist
  • best film/television episode
  • best newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)

Our rules on eligibility can be found in the British Fantasy Awards constitution. The basic rule is that items must have been published for the first time in any format in the English language during 2014. Note that this year we have returned to the previous interpretation of that rule with regard to foreign-language films and television programmes; they are eligible, so long as they were released for the first time in 2014 in the English language (i.e. with English subtitles or an English dub).

Voting will begin in January, with an invitation to vote being emailed to current BFS members. Attendees of FantasyCon 2014 and FantasyCon 2015 are also able to vote, and will be contacted by the convention organisers.

If you have any questions, please email the awards administrator, Stephen Theaker.

About Stephen Theaker (306 Articles)
Stephen Theaker's reviews, interviews and articles have appeared in Interzone, Black Static, Prism and the BFS Journal. Among other work for the BFS, he has been awards administrator, short story competition administrator, Dark Horizons editor, FantasyCon secretary and treasurer, and (briefly) chair.

2 Comments on We want your suggestions for the British Fantasy Awards 2015

  1. Sarah Wallace // December 27, 2014 at 8:59 pm //

    Best Fantasy novel – In the Garden of Stones by Lucy Pepperdine. This one is the best book I’ve read this year, but isn’t traditional fantasy, and so I’m not sure if it qualifies. I’d like to suggest 3 novels, all by the same publisher, that fall into this category. 1) In the Garden of Stones (Lucy Pepperdine). 2) Soul Cypher (Poppet). 3) London Warriors (Paul Rudd). Thorstruck Press is based in Scotland, so I think these nominations qualify for these awards.

    Best new Press – Thorstruck. They’ve done a lot in a year and I’m lucky I found them online.

    Best Artist, Peter Fussey (for The Seige of Louisbourg). He did a fantastic cover for Holiday of the Dead (2010), but I don’t think anyone nominated him then,) and Stixx (2013) – again he’s overlooked because no one nominated him. I’d like to put him on your radar. He designs for a publisher in Newcastle upon Tyne, so he qualifies.

    The best non fiction of this year, Poppet’s, The Nephilim Cartel. I think it needs another edit, but it proposed some information I haven’t read in a book of that type before.

    Best anthology: The Secrets of Castle Drakon

    I believe newcomers can’t be suggested by the normal reading public, and I’m not sure if this means it must be a debut novel, but Hannah Warren’s novel The Cottage On the Border I would love to see on this list. Thanks so much. Sarah.

    • Hi Sarah – newcomers can be suggested by anyone, so please do feel free to add to the list. It doesn’t have to be for a debut novel, but for any fiction work they produced in the relevant year, so long as you consider them to still be a newcomer.

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