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FantasyCon / Fantasycon By The Sea
« on: October 28, 2015, 11:36:08 am »

Hi guys,

It gives me great pleasure to announce Fantasycon By The Sea, the official Fantasycon 2016.

You can get loads of details from our website but here is the summary.

Save the date: 23rd to 25th September 2016
Location: Grand Hotel, St Nicholas Cliff, Scarborough, YO11 2ET and The Royal, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough, YO11 2HE.
The hotels are right next to each other, and events will be split between the two.
Tickets: £50/£40 BFS member (buy them here
Dealers room: £25 per table (with one free ticket to the con, tickets will be available by the end of the week)

We are negotiating the best rate possible with the hotel at the moment, so please bear with us.

The Team:
Chair: Alex Davis
Publicity/Hotel Liaison: Emma Davis
Programme: Brian Marshal
Membership: Mia (Pixie)
All things tech and digital - Me (Del Lakin-Smith)

So these are still pretty early days, and we are working on a lot of details, but please pass us on an suggestions that you might have to help us make this the best Fantasycon ever.

Any questions or concerns please post on this thread or email us at


Promote Your Projects / SpaceWitch - Celebrating Indie Publishers
« on: August 31, 2013, 12:59:07 pm »
Hi yall,

It is a bit weird being on here advertising my wares, but I thought you might be interested in my new project. SpaceWitch is an online portal from a collection of UK Indie Publishers to promote and sell their books. A collaboration, a collective, a cooperative, all these words are fitting, but SpaceWitch also enhances the experience by providing the ecommerce , marketing and reader support.

You can buy ebooks, limited editions, signed copies and regular paperbacks. Find special offers, exclusives and discounts.

We have been running just over a month and are building our catalogue day by day. Why not pop over and check us out.

If you are a publisher who would be interested in selling on SpaceWitch, please email me at

If you are an author, why not speak to your publisher, see if we can stock your book, but first check out our authors page and see if we already hold one of your stories. If we do email us with a bio and maybe even a blog post for the site.

I look forward to seeing you all over at SpaceWitch.

Founder and CEO SpaceWitch.

Voting for the British Fantasy Awards is now open and will close on 31 March 2012.

The new constitution for the awards may be found here:

Members of the BFS (votes cast by a member whose membership expires after the vote is cast remain valid), members of FantasyCon 2011 and members of FantasyCon 2012 who register before voting closes on 31 March 2012 are eligible and encouraged to vote for works published for the first time in the English language in any part of the world in any format during the calendar year January to December 2011.

Each member may put forward up to three Recommendations in any category, expressed in preferential order. All Recommendations should ideally be accompanied with publication details: year of publication, publisher, and title of collection, magazine, editor, etc, if applicable.

Recommendations may not be made for the recommender’s own material.  The British Fantasy Society discourages the practice of canvassing for votes.

The four titles or names with the highest number of Recommendations will go forward to form the shortlist of nominations.

In the case of the award for Best Novel, members are invited to list up to three Recommendations in the categories of Horror and Fantasy.

The voting form is available here:

Thank you for voting and please spread the word! Postal voting forms are available by request from the Awards Administrator.


Sarah Ann Watts
BFS Awards Administrator

Announcements and Suggestions / BFS BETA Testers Wanted.
« on: December 16, 2011, 09:43:03 am »
Never one to sit still I am looking at implementing some additional functionality into the BFS website. The end result will enable us to manage memberships better and offer additional content to members of the BFS.

What I need are a few volunteers to help me test the system. this will be from a functional point of view. No experience necessary, just the ability to use a web browser.

Please email me at if you would like to help.

Oh and you need to be a BFS member.



British Fantasy Awards / Results of British Fantasy Award Resolution
« on: December 11, 2011, 01:34:08 pm »
Further to the announcement at the BFS EGM the results of the BFA amendments are as follows:

Resolution 1: Juried award.
For 129
Against: 14
Abstain: 1

Resolution 2: Award for best Horror and best Fantasy novels.
For: 106
Against: 34
Abstain: 4

For: 124
Against: 15
Abstain: 5

Total votes: 150
Total confirmed bfs members: 144

Based on the votes all resolutions and recommendations have been passed with a large majority.

Thank you all for voting.

You can see the full details of the amendments here:

Announcements and Suggestions / BFS EGM - Agenda
« on: December 05, 2011, 08:37:07 pm »
Extraordinary General Meeting of the British Fantasy Society 6.00pm The Mug House Tooley Street near London Bridge Friday 9 December 2011.

NB. We will be starting at 6.00pm promptly to take care of formal business.  Hopefully this will give us some time for an open discussion on future priorities for the Society.  The meeting will by followed by the Open Event with special guests at 7.30pm.  You must be a fully paid-up member of the Society to attend the EGM.  Everyone else is most welcome to come to the Open Event.


1.   Apologies For Absence

2.   Minutes Of The AGM Sunday 1st October 2011

3.   Matters Arising.

4.   Statement of Accounts

5.   Chairperson’s Report

6.   Ratification of Election of New Officers to the BFS Committee

7.   Results of Voting on BFS Awards

8.   Future priorities for the Society

9.   Any Other Business.

Announcements and Suggestions / Final Update from Acting Chair Graham Joyce
« on: December 01, 2011, 11:50:11 am »
This will be my last update before handing over to Lee Harris in the Chair’s job.  I want to summarise where we’ve got and also to report some general impressions.

Membership numbers have shot up.  We were at about 330 before the last Convention and I believe we’re up above 400.  A lot of this is due to pledges of support and re-subscription but it’s great to see many new members.  Hit rates for the website are remarkable and a tribute to the work of Del Lakin Smith and his team.  The website is our public interface and I hope the new committee will give it the support and resources it deserves.  Promises of support-in-kind from our top-rank writers is in place too and James Barclay is kicking off what will be a new series of Masterclass articles published by the BFS.

Just to remind you where we were ten weeks ago.  The Society was an international laughing stock over what happened with the awards.  There were other problems to do with the failure to present Accounts and Minutes of decisions taken.  Plus there were accusations of cronysism.  A group of over 30 “significant names” (by which I mean members of many years standing, authors and publishers who have supported this Society through thick and thin) got together and, abiding by the constitution, petitioned the President with their concerns and desire for change.  I and others were convinced that there is a strong Society underneath these problems, and even though many of those names wanted to quit, everyone agreed to roll up their sleeves and work for their Society to make change happen.  So in that context I agreed to be Acting Chair.

I made four pledges:

1)    To repopulate a committee where previously the jobs of Chair, Secretary, Awards Administrator, Treasurer and Journal Production Manager were held by one person

2)    To arrange for proper recording of Minutes and formal Accounts

3)    To overhaul the Awards system

4)    To begin a programme of re-enfranchising Fantasy enthusiasts in a Horror dominated society.

The first of these has been done.  All places on the committee are settled for the forthcoming year and the line up – a mix of “brand new” and “relatively new” faces - is sparkling.  I also aimed to address the gender issue and I’m pleased to say the matter settled itself with several highly accomplished and well qualified candidates.  This committee will be ratified at the EGM.

The second of these has also been done.  Proper minutes of the Brighton AGM will be available before the December 9th EGM.  More importantly we have as Treasurer a professional accountant to oversee the Accounts and to introduce strict procedures into financial matters.  A formal statement of accounts will be issued for the AGM.  I want to thank previous Chairperson David Howe for his full co-operation in handing over the accounts information.

The overhaul of the Awards has been complicated and controversial but I don’t think you’ll find a more democratic process anywhere.  We conducted a survey of preferences; used that survey to construct Resolutions and Guidelines; appointed a 5-person Working party of “wise persons” to review the proposed Resolutions; we posted the Resolutions and have accepted amendments; now it’s up to the membership to vote.  I must say that I didn’t quite get what I wanted in the process, and I expect there are bits of it we could all quibble with, but I do think the resolution reflects “the majority of what the majority want”.  Amendments arising from Forum discussions have been incorporated.  There was no call to take the proposals in parts so there will be three votes: on Resolution 1, Resolution 2 and on the set of Recommendations entire.

The fourth pledge is ongoing.  We are trying to feature Fantasy writers more in our publications and as guests at events without taking anything away from those with darker tastes.  The outcome of the move to offer a Fantasy award is uncertain but I hope members will vote in favour of making a broader base to our Society and will vote for Resolution 2.  If the base of the membership changes positively, these things can always be revised again at a later date.

I won’t pretend it has been plain sailing.  I’ve had some difficult conversations with people, some of whom I’ve known for a long time and who are very dear to me.   I apologise unreservedly for any volatility on my part.  But where there have been differences, it has been with people whose love of this genre is unquestionable.  One of the things I would ask is that the Old Guard (and I’m in that category) please give the new committee a chance to do things their way.

One of the things Lee will be asking in his new job is what members get in return for their membership.  I won’t pre-empt him on this but I will say what I get and what I have always got.  When I joined 20 years ago as a newly published author there was suddenly available to me a network of authors, publishers, reviewers and highly knowledgeable fans.  It was both inspirational it was motivational.  The conversations were what it was all about.  The conversations.  I could get advice from more experienced authors.  I got insight into publishing.  I could get hints about what obscure author I might like to read. I began to get a sense of all the antecedents in the genre. I got feedback on my writing and I made a million discoveries which I could never have made on my own: gem-like flames of conversation, handed round the membership.  Plus I made wonderful friendships.  As the years went by newer authors sometimes asked my advice or about what they might read and I liked to think that I was passing on some of those gem-like flames.  By the way, I still ask more experienced authors about the vagaries of publishing and I still get great advice.  What do I get from membership?  I get amazing people in my life.

That’s why we decided this Society is worth protecting and worth fighting for.  Those who don’t approve of the changes can cast their votes accordingly.  For those very many people who have sent messages of support, hearty thanks.  Please continue to support Lee and the new team in remaking the British Fantasy Society.

Graham Joyce

British Fantasy Awards / Overhaul of the British Fantasy Awards
« on: November 25, 2011, 03:10:13 pm »
I set out below two resolutions and a set of recommendations.  I’d like members to be clear about how we arrived at these proposals.  The normal way would be to have a discussion at a Fantasycon AGM.  However, with the EGM restricted to those who could be in London on December 9th,  we looked for a more painstaking, democratic and inclusive process:

1)   We conducted an online survey that attracted well over 200 responses.

2)   The responses were analysed and proposals were drawn up firmly based on the results.

3)   I appointed a five-person working group representing various interests to look at the proposals in detail.  The working group comprised James Barclay, Peter Crowther, the President of the Society Ramsey Campbell, Marion Pitman and myself.)

4)   With reference to the survey the working group made amendments and finalised the proposals before you.

5)   The proposals will be put to an online ballot of the membership.

We want complete transparency.  The results of the survey (excluding individual comments) will be made available on the BFS website.

Regarding the survey, some very clear preferences emerged.  Where a few people were content with the old method of voting there was an irresistible call for a change of system.  Where a small number of people felt that there was nothing wrong with canvassing for votes, I have to say a very large number of members expressed distaste for the recent practice and clearly want to move to a juried system.  My own preference for a jury to provide a shortlist followed by a member vote was not supported.   There was however great support for a system whereby members come up with a shortlist and then a jury with “oversight powers” makes the final decision.  This is therefore the system proposed.

Rather more controversial is the idea of offering two awards, one for Fantasy and one for Horror, in the Best Novel category.  The survey yielded closer results on this matter and so needs to be put to the vote.  Having won this award myself with novels that might have gone in either category I can see technical discussions ahead.  However when I took on the job of Acting Chair I promised to look for ways of re-enfranchising some friends we might have lost through the dominance of the Horror genre over the last years.  I do think that if we want authors and publishers to put their weight behind the Society we can’t afford to be exclusive.  This is part of a wider policy and if we can tempt back some of the valued members we have lost by offering another prize then I think we should do so.  If the balance is restored in the coming years we can always return to a single prize if that’s what the membership wants.  Meanwhile I very much hope that members will support the proposal in Resolution 2.

The rest of the proposal is a set of Recommendations. My thinking here is that I didn’t want to tie the BFS or the Awards Administrator in knots, (for example, whether to have a jury of 3 or 5 members has an inbuilt assumption that it is easy to find willing volunteers) so whereas the Resolutions are decisive, these are firm guidelines for the administration of the awards which allow for fine tuning.  Built into these guidelines are checks and balances to avoid recent difficulties.   Some awards will have special juries or conditions.  This is mainly but not exclusively designed to spread the work around and to relieve the burden of the appointed main jury.  Otherwise most of the Recommendations are based on what we have already.
Online balloting pre-empts the cut and thrust of an EGM debate but it is a much more democratic method than restricting participation to the voices and votes of those who are available to attend the EGM.    Discussion can now be held on the on Forum in the forthcoming week.  If I hear a supported call for taking the resolutions or recommendations in parts, that’s what we’ll do.  Otherwise there will be three substantive votes, for Resolution 1, Resolution 2 and for the Recommendations.

The ballot will be conducted by secure online vote from mid-day Thursday 1st December to mid-day Thursday 8th December.  The result of the ballot will by announced at the EGM on December 9th and the meeting will go on to discuss priorities and the way forward for the Society.

Finally, I am ruling myself out of the ballot for 2012.  It’s not that I assume I would be in the running, and anyway I would only be eligible in certain categories; but right now I think it’s important to show a clean pair of hands.

This is an opportunity to reshape not just the awards but the character of the Society.  Voting is of course restricted to paid-up members, so please cast your ballot.  Online balloting, if it proves successful here, can become a vital decision-making tool for the Society in future years.

Happy voting!

Graham Joyce,  Acting Chair


The British Fantasy Awards: Motion to the EGM December 9 2011-11-18

Resolution Part 1

The British Fantasy Society resolves that the BFS Awards shall ultimately be decided by a jury deliberating on a shortlist determined by the members of the Society.  The Jury shall comprise individuals directly or indirectly related to the writing, publishing and bookselling genre fields. The Jury shall include at least one non-member of the Society.

The Jury shall be appointed by the Awards Administrator, subject to approval by the BFS committee.

The Jury shall deliberate on a shortlist of four nominations as determined by the membership by online or postal vote.

The Jury shall also have oversight powers to add nominations where it identifies an egregious omission or to subtract a nomination in the case of a poor quality nomination artificially boosted by the practice of canvassing.  In order to add or subtract such nominations the jury must make a unanimous decision.  The addition or subtraction of a nomination will be made in camera.

Resolution Part 2

In the category of Best Novel there shall be one award for Best Fantasy Novel and one award for Best Horror Novel.


1.   The Awards
The British Fantasy Society (BFS) and the British Fantasy Convention (FantasyCon) present the British Fantasy Awards (BFA) annually. The BFS and FantasyCon jointly finance the Awards and appoint a Committee (minimum of two persons) to organise the voting arrangements and to assist the Awards Administrator. In the event of the demise of either the BFS or FantasyCon, the remaining organisation will continue to present awards for as long as is practical. The ballot procedure is open to audit following prior notification.

2.   Eligibility
BFS and FantasyCon publications are ineligible, although their contents (e.g. individual stories, articles and pieces of artwork) are eligible. The Awards Administrator may not be associated (either by writing, publishing or editing) with work nominated in any category.  The “relevant year” throughout this constitution is the calendar year (January to December) preceding that in which the awards are presented. Eligible voters: members of the BFS (the vote of a member whose membership expires after the vote is cast remains valid), members of the previous FantasyCon, and those who have registered for the upcoming FantasyCon.

3.   Changes to These Guidelines
Changes to these guidelines may only be made by a vote at the AGM of the British Fantasy Society, taken according to the same rules of procedure outlined in the BFS constitution.  A committee vote may not be used to reverse a decision made at an AGM.

4.   Categories

Novel  The August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel and The Robert Holdstock Award for Best Fantasy Novel. 
Eligibility: fiction over 40,000 words published for the first time in the English language in any part of the world in any format during the relevant year. (*In the event of a dispute over genre category, definition shall rest with the author.)

Eligibility: fiction from 15,000 to 40,000 words published for the first time in the English language in any part of the world in any format during the relevant year.

Short Fiction
Eligibility: stories under 15,000 words published for the first time in the English language in any part of the world in any format during the relevant year.

Eligibility: a collection of work by various authors, published for the first time in the English language in any part of the world during the relevant year. BFS anthologies are not eligible for this award.

Eligibility: a collection of work by a single author, published for the first time in the English language in any part of the world during the relevant year.

Eligibility:  a screenplay for TV, Film or Electronic Broadcast released in the English language in any part of the world during the relevant year.

Eligibility: non-fiction and fiction magazines, print and online, that were active during the relevant year. BFS publications (such as Dark Horizons and Prism) are not eligible for this award.

Comic/Graphic Novel
Eligibility: comics and collections of comics, published for the first time in the English language in any part of the world during the relevant year.  New collections of previously published comics are eligible.

Categories with special juries.

The PS Publishing Independent Press Award
Eligibility:  Independent presses active during the relevant year. Note that PS Publishing withdrew from competition in this category in 2009, choosing instead to sponsor the award.   *Special jury to be appointed by PS publishing.

Eligibility: any artist who has produced work during the relevant year.  This category covers artists who work in any format.  *Special jury to comprise at least one artist working within the genre.

Eligibility: items eligible for this Award include non-fiction books, chapbooks, magazine or online columns or single magazine or online articles. The non-fiction item must have been published in any format (book, magazine, small press or electronic) in any part of the world during the relevant year. *Special jury drawn from bloggers, reviewers and commentators on the genre.

Special Award (The Karl Edward Wagner Award)
The British Fantasy Special Award is known as the Karl Edward Wagner Award.  The Award may be presented to individuals or organisations. Eligibility: this Award is not necessarily restricted to an activity in the year prior to that in which the Award is presented. The Award may go to someone who has made an important contribution to the genre or the Society  throughout his/her lifetime; or it may go to the organisers of a special event or publication that took place in the relevant year. Recommendations for this Award will be sought from the membership.
*The BFS Committee will determine the winner of this award.

The Sydney J. Bounds Best Newcomer Award
The award is for a new fiction writer. The recommendations can be for a single work or more than one, provided they meet the eligibility criteria set out above. Recommendations for this award are sought from the BFS membership. Eligibility also requires that copies of the work(s) be provided to the voting panel by the appropriate author, editor or publisher. This award is sponsored and funded by the estate of Sydney J. Bounds and the winner will receive a cheque for £100. The winner is decided by a special panel of readers appointed by the BFS and will include representatives from the Bounds estate and the BFS.

(BFS Short Story Competition
The competition is subject to its own rules, which are at the discretion of the BFS Short Story Competition Administrator.)

Voting Schedule

The precise voting schedule each year will depend on the schedule of BFS mailings and the timing of FantasyCon.
Recommendations sought: Jan-March.
Jury work: April-July.  Shortlist announced April.
Announcement of winners: usually September

Stage 1: Shortlist from the membership:  Recommendations may be submitted online or by post.

Each member may put forward up to three nominations in any category.

All recommendations should ideally be accompanied with publication details: year of publication, publisher, and title of collection, magazine, editor, etc, if applicable. If the information supplied is insufficient for the BFA committee to establish eligibility the recommendations may be excluded from the ballot form.

Recommendations may not be made for the recommender’s own material.

The four titles or names with the highest number of recommendations will go forward to form the shortlist of nominations.

Stage 2: The Jury
A Jury of three or five readers shall have the power to add up to two further nominations if they so wish.  The Jury shall decide a winner from the shortlist.  The Jury’s decisions shall be final.

Stage 3: Announcement and Presentation
The Awards are presented at FantasyCon or at a suitable alternative event if FantasyCon is cancelled in any particular year.
The Awards will usually take the form of a statuette. The statuette should be abstract or genre-neutral in design, avoiding any preference for horror, fantasy etc.

Resolutions and Recommendations are:

Proposed by Graham Joyce (Acting Chair)
Seconded by: James Barclay, Ramsey Campbell (President), Peter Crowther, Marion Pitman.

I previously announced that nominations for vacant BFS committee positions would close on 18th November.  The nominations are in and I am delighted to announce that all vacant positions for the BFS committee have been filled.  I’m thrilled that we do have very high calibre and experienced people joining the committee in every position.  There will be a formal ratification at the EGM on December 9th but since none of the positions are contested there will be no ballot.

Thus the new committee members who will serve until the  AGM held at Fantasycon in September  are:
Chairperson:  Lee Harris, nominated by Paul Cornell and seconded by Philip Lunt

Treasurer:  Amanda Rutter, nominated by Suzanne MacLeod, seconded by Neil Ford

Secretary:  Marion Pitman, nominated by Tina Rath and seconded by Jan Edwards

Awards Administrator: Sarah Ann Watts, nominated by James Bennett, seconded by Lawrence Watts

Publicity Officer:  Lizzie Barrett, nominated by Jared Shurin and seconded by Lou Morgan

Stock Holder Christopher Teague continues in position.  

The committee is also comprised of the editors of the Society publications Lou Morgan (Prism) and Guy Adams (Dark Horizons); the website administrator (Del Lakin Smith); Events organiser (Martin Roberts); and Online News organiser (Caroline Callaghan).

Congratulations to the new officers.  I hope members agree this is a fantastic new-look team.  Please offer every support to them in their efforts!

More on the awards in a couple of days.

Graham Joyce
Acting Chair.

Promote Your Projects / Dark Fiction Magazine - Issue 10
« on: November 02, 2011, 10:55:54 am »

It's our birthday!!!

In celebration we have something rather special for you. Free audio delights from some great story tellers and narrators.

Table of Contents:
Audio story - The Guide by Ramsey Campbell (read by Ramsey Campbell)
Audio story - The Fools by James Morris (read by Danny Davis)
Audio story - The Cat the Rat & the Bee­tle by Scott Robinson (read by Sam Moffatt)
Discussion - The perils or Urban Exporing (anon group of UrbExers)

So come on over to and listen to some stories.

*Did I mention it is all free?

General Discussion / SFX Weekender ticket giveaway.
« on: October 27, 2011, 03:55:48 pm »
Just thought I would let you all know that over at the BSFA there is a free ticket give-away competition for the SFX Weekender. It looks like a lot of fun. We went last year and had a blast.

Dear member of the British Fantasy Society
An Extraordinary General Meeting of the Society has been scheduled to take place at 6.30 on Friday 9 December 2011.  The venue is The Mug House near London Bridge.  Directions to the venue can be found here,-0.088449&spn=0.006838,0.021136&fb=1&gl=uk&hq=mug+house&hnear=0x47d8a00baf21de75:0x52963a5addd52a99,Westminster,+London&cid=0,0,12164721414470311057&t=h&z=16&vpsrc=0&iwloc=A.
The meeting will seek to elect new officers to the Committee of the BFS and will consider a proposal to reorganise the BFS awards.
I currently have nominations for all Committee places with the exception of the post of Secretary.  If you are interested in standing for any of the positions available please let me have your nomination accompanied by the names of at least two supporting members, together with a manifesto of your aims. Send nominations to by Friday November 18th.
Regarding the proposal for reforming the awards, you are encouraged to take part in the online survey (go to  We will use the data returned to propose a new formulation.  That formulation will then be put to the EGM on December 9th.
Members unable to attend the EGM in person will be able to vote electronically.
Graham Joyce, Acting Chair

British Fantasy Awards / The British Fantasy Awards Survey.
« on: October 24, 2011, 03:39:23 pm »
As promised by Graham Joyce in his last announcement. We are running a survey to collect thoughts and opinions from BFS members and Fantasycon attendees to help us define the future of the British Fantasy Awards.

The survey is now available on-line at

The survey is open to all BFS members and registered attendees of Fantasycon for the years of 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Announcements and Suggestions / Members Only
« on: October 23, 2011, 07:14:38 pm »
Hi all,

I have created a new forum user group called BFS Member - The idea is at some point in the future to have member based forum and areas that are dedicated to BFS members. The main thing stopping me from doing this is knowing who is a member and also who wants to opt in to this group. To reduce overhead this is going to be for people who want to get added to the group so I don't have to track down every user compare that with the membership directory and then add them all to the group for people who may never use the functionality.

So please just respond to this post if you are a member and want to be added to the BFS Member group.



PS - If you don't want to post publicly then just drop me an email at

The Awards Review.

I undertook to review and overhaul the BFS Awards.  The old system that served us for such a long time had a hole punched in it this year.  It was always a vulnerable system and with its weakness to “boosting” votes now only too exposed, it is in my view irreparable.  I have consulted widely and I must say I have had terrific input and support from people connected with the Clarke Awards, the BSFA and SF Awards Watch. There appear to be more voting systems at large than there are denominations of the Protestant church but there are some great ideas around, even if some are contradictory.  So here is the plan.

Stage 1: Before coming up with a new system I need to collect some hard data from the Society’s membership about your preferences.  We will conduct an online survey of the Society’s membership and we will use the data returned to propose a new formulation.

Stage 2: The new formulation, whatever it is, will be put together by a small working group of “wise men and women” in response to the data.

Stage 3: That formulation will then be put to the EGM on December 9th.  We will also collect votes electronically.

It won’t be possible to come up with a system that satisfies everyone.  But it will be possible to come up with a system that has the consent of most of the Society.

The survey will also go to attendees of Fantasycon 2010, 2011 and 2012 who are not BFS members.

Why a survey not a vote?  The logic of this is that Fantasycon attendees are entitled to vote on the awards and I feel they are entitled to express a preference.  (Though of course Fcon attendees who are not BFS members are constitutionally not permitted to vote on EGM or AGM motions, so will not be able to vote on the final proposal.)

The survey will go out later this month and will close after a week.  The motion for a new system will be assembled and published in readiness for the EGM.  The proposed timetable for all this is as follows:

Monday 24 October:  Post Survey online

Monday 31 October: Close survey

November 18:  Working group makes recommendation. Recommendation posted.

December 9: Electronic ballot to close before EGM.  Electronic votes and live votes tallied at EGM.

Graham Joyce

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