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Thank you for all your votes, which have been counted and verified. The juries are in place, and the egregious omissions have been decided upon. Here are the shortlists for the BFAs 2017! The juries now have the summer to deliberate, and make their final decisions.

Winners will be announced at FantasyCon 2017, at the BFA Banquet. This year we are at the Bull Hotel, Peterborough. Follow the link below for more details.

Have a great summer, and see you all at FantasyCon!

Katherine Fowler
BFA Admin
Best Newcomer
James Bennett, for Chasing Embers
Daniel Godfrey, for New Pompeii
Erica L Satifka, for Stay Crazy
Phil Sloman, for Becoming David
Martin Owton, for Exile

Best Magazine / Periodical
Black Static
Ginger Nuts of Horror
Uncanny Magazine

Best Non-fiction
Blood Spectrum – Gary Couzens
The Geek Feminist Revolution – Kameron Hurley
Ginger Nuts of Horror ed. Jim McLeod
This Spectacular Darkness – Joel Lane, ed. Mark Valentine
The Women of Harry Potter series – Sarah Gailey
Words are my Matter: Writings about Life and Books, 2000-2016 – Ursula K Le Guin

Best Comic / Graphic Novel
2000AD (progs 1963-2011) ed. Matt Smith
Monstress, Vol 1: Awakening – Marjorie Liu & Sana Takeda
Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! (#2-13) – Kate Leth & Brittney Williams
Saga (#33-40) – Brian K Vaughan & Fiona Staples
Sixpack and Dogwelder: Hard Travelin’ Heroz (#1-5) – Garth Ennis & Russ Braun
Skal (Chapter 3, pages 1-19) – Jennie Gyllblad

Best Independent Press
Alchemy Press
Fox Spirit Books
Grimbold Press
NewCon Press
TTA Press

Best Artist
Ben Baldwin
Evelinn Enoksen
Sarah Anne Langton
Daniele Serra

Best Anthology
Asian Monsters ed. Margrét Helgadóttir
Dead Letters ed. Conrad Williams
Fight Like a Girl ed. Joanne Hall & Roz Clarke
People of Colour Destroy Science Fiction ed. Nalo Hopkinson & Kristine Ong Muslim
The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales ed. Dominik Parisien & Navah Wolfe
Something Remains ed. Peter Coleborn and Pauline E Dungate

Best Collection
The Parts We Play – Stephen Volk
Secret Language – Neil Williamson
Sharp Ends – Joe Abercrombie
Some Will Not Sleep – Adam Nevill
A Tiding of Magpies – Pete Sutton
The Unheimlich Menoeuvre – Tracy Fahey

Best Film / Television Production
Black Mirror series 3
Captain America: Civil War
High Rise

Best Novella
Arrival of Missives – Aliya Whiteley
The Ballad of Black Tom – Victor LaValle
Bodies of Water – VH Leslie
Every Heart a Doorway – Seanan McGuire
The Grieving Stones – Gary McMahon
Hammers on Bone – Cassandra Khaw

Best Short Fiction
Charmed Life – Simon Avery
Greenteeth – Gary Budden
The Watcher – Sammy HK Smith
Waxy – Camilla Grudova
White Rabbit – Georgina Bruce
The Women’s Song – Nadine West

Best Horror Novel
13 Minutes – Sarah Pinborough
Disappearance at Devil’s Rock – Paul Tremblay
The Hidden People – Alison Littlewood
The Searching Dead – Ramsey Campbell

Best Fantasy Novel
The High King’s Vengeance – Steven Poore
The Silver Tide – Jen Williams
The Summer Goddess – Joanne Hall
The Tiger and the Wolf – Adrian Tchaikovsky

The Juries
We have a wide and varied group of jurors as always, well respected members of the society, and the wider genre as a whole:

Fiction: Elloise Hopkins, Susan Oke, Christian Cameron
Horror: Mark West, Laura Mauro, Gareth Spark
Novella: Penny Jones, Sarah Ann Watts, Pete Sutton
Short Story: Andrew Hook, Richard Webb, Stephen Bacon
Collection: Allen Stroud, Gary Couzens, Colleen Anderson
Anthology: Lea Fletcher, Richard Webb, Stephen Bacon
Film/TV: Marcus Gipps, Rob Malan, Alasdair Stuart
Comics: Alasdair Stuart, Stephen Theaker, Marcus Gipps
Indie: Terry Jackman, Ross Warren, Lea Fletcher
Magazine: Neil Williamson, Margret Helgadottir, Ross Warren
Nonfiction: Lea Fletcher, Ruth Booth, Alasdair Stuart
Artist: Gillian Redfearn, Robin Carter, Rob Malan
Newcomer: Robin Carter, Pauline Morgan, Shona Kinsella

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2017
« on: June 12, 2017, 08:50:27 pm »
I asked Katherine, our awards admin, for an update and she sent me the following:

Jurors and shortlists are currently being arranged and finalised. In previous years, nominations have been announced in June, with jurors then having July and August to read through the list. We are trying to keep to that same schedule this year.

- Neil.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2017
« on: February 09, 2017, 12:55:12 pm »
Subscription to the Bulletin is controlled. All current society members should be subscribed.

Best bet is to email Andy ( and ask him to check if you are and to add you if you are not.

- Neil.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2017
« on: February 08, 2017, 01:01:24 pm »
I've not seen anything about this yet, either. I'm not sure what the "bulletin" is. I guess it means the eNewsletter-- the last one I received was about Fantasycon bookings.

The Bulletin is the monthly email from Andy Marsden. The subject line is usually "BFS month Bulletin". Last one went out on February 3rd, though it didn't unfortunately have any mention of the awards voting having opened in it. There was a mention of the voting opening soon in the January Bulletin however.

The email announcing that voting opened was sent on February 1st, subject: British Fantasy Awards 2017. It does appear this was sent to only BFS members unfortunately. I will raise this with the committee.

- Neil.

General Discussion / Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« on: January 30, 2017, 05:32:18 pm »
Okay, board has been created. Djibril, you have been made a moderator alongside the general board ones. I have used part of your original post as the description. If you want anything changed, please ask.

Feel free to pin a post with more info.

If people would like existing calls already posted moved to the new board, please let me know the details (board and title should be enough, a link to the post a bonus), and I'll take care of it.

Anything else, just shout.

- Neil.

General Discussion / Re: Board for calls for submissions?
« on: January 30, 2017, 11:46:58 am »
Apologies, I rarely read the forums (I worry more about the constant spam attacks), so missed this discussion.

Happy to make this happen. Just need a recommendation from more regular forum users as to where it should be placed in the forum's hierarchy. Suggestion welcome.

I've enable notification of replies, so will keep up with the conversation now. Alternatively email me at the webmaster address to get my attention more immediately.

- Neil.

British Fantasy Awards / Re: British Fantasy Awards 2017
« on: January 24, 2017, 12:37:25 pm »
From the Contact the BFS page on the website:

Katherine Fowler – British Fantasy Awards Administrator (

I don't know when the voting will open I'm afraid, that is definitely a question for Katherine.

- Neil.

Announcements and Suggestions / Recent Forum Outage
« on: October 19, 2016, 10:47:12 pm »
Just a quick post to apologise for the recent forum outage. This was caused by a routine server software update causing the rather old version of the forums software we were running to finally fall over in a fatal way.

This resulted in having to upgrade the forums to the latest version in order to solve the issue, a process that took rather longer than was originally expected.

However, the process has now been completed and with, it would seem from my checks, without any loss of data. I have some minor tweaks to make over the next couple of days, but nothing that should stop the forums from being used straight away.

If anyone does encounter any problems, please do contact me directly and I will do everything I can to resolve them.

Apologies for the outage any inconvenience that may have caused.

- Neil.

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: News editor
« on: October 30, 2015, 03:01:43 pm »
What do you mean by "informational site"? What kind of info, who posts it and keeps it up to date? Sort of like an online news editor.

I mean simply: How to join the society, how to contact the committee, what publications it produces, events it puts on, where online conversations occur, constitution, awards constitution, the (if any) services it offers, that's it. None of which changes on a regular basis, with the possible exception of the events listings. So no massive maintenance task, no need for a heavyweight backend,  just a simple site that is easy to maintain and easy to secure.

- Neil.

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: News editor
« on: October 30, 2015, 02:20:27 pm »
My honest opinion is that posting non-bfs news does not equal promoting the society, it is just noise that drowns out the signal. There are plenty of other sources for appropriate news. Posting relevant information about events, publications, etc., is what would promote the society. Much as it is probably an unpopular view, not even the reviews generate much traffic and they are posted to the front page and syndicated out to Facebook, etc.

Ultimately it comes down to what the society is about and what it's purpose is.

- Neil.

Announcements and Suggestions / Re: News editor
« on: October 30, 2015, 12:59:37 pm »
Stephen is not alone in that thinking. Given the choice I'd go all Ripley on the website and reduce it to an informational site, pointing interested parties at suitable alternatives for news, etc. But it's not my decision, thankfully I expect some would say.

I am in the unenviable position of seeing the usage stats, and they make for depressing reading. They mostly consist of foreign search engines and foreign hackers looking to exploits to distribute malware.

If the reality was faced up to, then the society's web presence wouldn't be the burden it currently is.

- Neil.

FantasyCon / Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
« on: October 29, 2015, 12:00:55 am »
It appears to be the front page only. Not just on iOS though, the screen shot is from Firefox on my laptop.

- Neil.

FantasyCon / Re: Fantasycon By The Sea
« on: October 28, 2015, 05:21:26 pm »

You are going to hate me, but the website doesn't render at all well on Forefox or Safari for iOS. Please see attached screenshot. Sorry it's so small, file size restrictions on the forum.

- Neil.

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BFS Publications / Re: Looking for Dark Horizons #25 & #26
« on: October 22, 2015, 08:35:04 pm »
Have you emailed to see if the society has any copies amongst it's stock?

- Neil.

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