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Danel Olson, editor of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining: Studies in the Horror Film, has been touch to say the publishers, Centipede Press, are happy to make a pdf copy of the 753pp book available to our members. And because I'm all in favour of people giving things to our members, I said I would be happy to pass on the offer.

If you would like a copy and you are a current BFS member, please email me at and I'll send it to you.

British Fantasy Awards / BFA administrator vacancy
« on: January 24, 2016, 10:15:26 pm »
One other bit of awards business: I got around to writing up a job description for any potential awards administrators for 2017 to have a look at. You can see it in the Job Vacancies thread. Don't worry, I'll be doing this year as promised in my AGM proposal, but best to start looking sooner rather than later for a replacement.

I'll be stepping down because, like I said in my AGM proposal, the awards in their current form require too much work to be sustainable in the long term, at least for me. So I would only recommend the post to someone who is very good at this kind of thing and/or has a lot of free time to throw at it - both would be best!

British Fantasy Awards / AGM 2015 and awards proposals
« on: September 19, 2015, 07:20:32 am »
The 2015 AGM is to be held at FantasyCon 2015, at the East Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel, Nottingham, UK, on Sunday, 25 October 2015, from 10 am till noon. More info about the AGM here.

I will be standing for the post of awards administrator again this year, but I would encourage anyone who thinks it's time for a change to stand against me, so that I can either (a) crush them in the election and rule forever or (b) be crushed by them in the election and relax while they do all the work next year. Either is fine! To stand for election, attend the AGM, where you will need to be nominated and seconded, and a vote will be called. I will be happy to nominate or second anyone who wishes to stand against me. You must be a fully paid-up member of the BFS to stand. If you wish to stand, but are unable to attend, please email indicating your interest.

Remember that any proposals to change the awards constitution must now be sent to me in writing. You have the right to put proposals to the AGM in exactly the form you prefer (time allowing). I don’t get to filter your proposals. However, I will be able to advise you, for example, on any practical issues the AGM might raise. It’s very helpful if, when proposing a change, you provide the precise form of words that you would like to be added to the constitution, so that it is absolutely and utterly clear to the AGM exactly what it is they are voting on. If you’re not sure how to go about this, I’ll be happy to help with the phrasing. Even if I don't support a particular proposal, it’s better for everyone if it’s clearly set out.

No proposals to change the awards constitution have been received so far this year, but as mentioned in the last bulletin, I may be proposing a big change myself. Our juries have done a terrific job these last few years of picking a series of highly creditable winners, but the system takes a great deal of work to maintain, there’s a limited pool of volunteers to draw on, and, more and more, everyone seems to know each other, making it quite difficult to find truly independent jurors. So I've been mulling over a proposal to take us back to member voting in the final round, but keeping an egregious omissions committee, and adding an statutory two-month gap between the date nominations are announced and the date voting begins, to encourage everyone to read the nominees. What would members think about that?

BFS Events / Sheffield SFSF Social on 17 October 2015
« on: September 03, 2015, 07:16:41 am »
October 17 @ 4.00 pm–8.00 pm. The lovely Eten Cafe is again hosting the SFSF social, in conjunction with the BSFA and the BFS. Fantastic authors, and an early evening slot, so you’ll have time to get started reading your spoils! Venue: Eten Café, 2–4 York Street, Sheffield, S1 2ER. More details on location, organisation and authors on the sfsfsocial website.

(Info taken from the website.)

BFS Events / York Pubmeet on 19 September 2015
« on: September 03, 2015, 07:15:22 am »
September 19 @ 5:00 pm–11:00 pm. Another instalment of the fantastic York pubmeets, held in conjunction with the BSFA. A new venue, fantastic authors, and an early start will follow through to a late night for those that do! Venue: The Ackhorne Pub, 9 St. Martins Lane, York YO1 6LR. This venue is around a half mile from York railway station & has level access (no stairs).

(Info from the website.)

BFS Publications / BFS Horizons #2
« on: August 26, 2015, 09:18:45 am »
Issue one of BFS Horizons will be Sarah Newton's last publication (for now - they always come back!) as editor, after working on issues 9 to 13 of the BFS Journal, before moving over to BFS Horizons with the fiction. That means the chair is looking for a new editor to take over from #2, so if you'd be interested take a look at the job description on the vacancies page and get in touch with Phil. There's quite a lot of work involved, but you can take six months between issues, and appoint additional people to help out as you feel necessary. There is a lot of publishing experience on the committee, and given enough notice we can help with things like typesetting and proofreading if necessary.

BFS Publications / BFS Journal #15
« on: August 25, 2015, 06:58:22 pm »
Just a note to let you know that although Stuart Douglas has stepped down after returning to help us out with #14, we'd still like you to send your ideas and articles in to the usual address for #15. For the time being the emails will come through to me, but we hope to make an appointment to the position soon.

BFS Publications / BFS Horizons #1
« on: August 25, 2015, 06:46:01 pm »
Just a quick update on this: we're hoping to have the first issue of BFS Horizons off to press on September 20, to be with you before FantasyCon. Sorry for the delay.

British Fantasy Awards / British Fantasy Awards 2016
« on: July 28, 2015, 07:39:20 pm »
You can now start suggesting items published in 2015 that will be eligible for the British Fantasy Awards 2016.

Submit your items here: It's an anonymous form, so don't be shy about adding your own stuff to the list, if you think it's worthy of consideration!

The list will appear here: I've taken a different approach in producing the list this year, thanks to a friendly stranger on Twitter who pointed me in the direction of some useful spreadsheet functions, so apologies for any oddities you might notice at first as I work out the kinks.

Any authors, editors and publishers who have multiple titles to supply are welcome to email them to me in a spreadsheet (

Announcements and Suggestions / AGM 2015
« on: July 25, 2015, 10:55:45 am »
It's still a long way off, but a couple of things have changed from previous years, so here's a note to start us thinking about this year's Annual General Meeting.

The AGM is to be held at FantasyCon 2015, at the East Midlands Conference Centre and Orchard Hotel, Nottingham, UK, on Sunday, 25 October 2015, from 10 am till noon. All paid-up BFS members are welcome (and encouraged) to attend, whether or not you are also going to FantasyCon. FantasyCon attendees are allowed into the AGM, but cannot vote unless they are BFS members.
If you have an AGM question that would be difficult to answer off-the-cuff, without ready access to files or a bit of data analysis, it's a good idea to let the committee know about them in advance.

As well as discussing the previous year, and presenting the usual reports, a new committee will be voted in. The elected committee posts are: stockholder, British Fantasy Awards administrator, publicity officer, events co-ordinator, treasurer, secretary, chair and president. If you have an interest in standing for election to any of the roles, please attend the AGM, where you will need to be nominated and seconded, before a vote is called. You must be a fully paid-up member of the BFS to stand. If you wish to stand for a post, but are unable to attend the AGM, please send an email to indicating your interest.

Note that there are two big changes at the AGM this year, thanks to a pair of successful proposals last year.

One is that any proposals to change the constitution of the British Fantasy Awards must now be sent to the awards administrator (me) in writing, rather than the chair. I may give you advice on any unintended consequences of your proposals, or suggest clarifications, but I don't get to say whether your proposal is put to the AGM or not. You can take my advice or not. Either way I will make sure your proposal appears on the agenda for the meeting. (Proposals to change the society's constitution should be sent to the BFS chair in writing as usual.)

The second is that people not attending the AGM can now appoint a proxy, subject to the restrictions in 5.4 of the society's constitution, e.g. if the AGM takes place on Sunday at 10.00 am, your deadline for informing the BFS secretary of your designated proxy will be 10.00am on Sunday, 18 October 2015.

The current BFS constitution can be read here:

The current awards constitution can be read here:

Hope that's all helpful. I'll update this post and thread with more information as it comes in.

Past AGM threads: 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 EGM, 2010 before and after, 2009, 2008, 2006. (If anyone spots a thread for 2011 or 2007 let me know and I'll add them.)

[Updated with date and time.]

General Discussion / The Novella Award
« on: July 17, 2015, 03:52:19 pm »
Novellas by Nina Allan and Michael Wyndham Thomas are on the shortlist for the Novella Award 2015:

It's a prize for unpublished novellas, a partnership between the Screen School of Liverpool John Moores University and Manchester Metropolitan University’s Department of Contemporary Arts, who originally established The Novella Award. Sandstone Press, Time to Read, and NAWE are all partners of the award and work alongside it to encourage the publication of new writing.

The winner receives a £1,000 cash prize and their novella is published by Sandstone Press.

Other Media / SFX inviting submissions from reviewers
« on: June 07, 2015, 05:35:05 pm »
Ian Berriman of SFX has invited submissions from potential reviewers:

They have some specific rules, so have a careful read before sending them anything.

No mention of pay rates, but it does talk about it as a freelancing opportunity so presumably it's paid work.

British Fantasy Awards / British Fantasy Awards 2015
« on: December 30, 2014, 08:31:53 pm »
Voting in the 2015 awards is about to begin!

The January email bulletin containing details of how to vote will go out on 1 January 2015 to everyone who is a current BFS member at that date. Emails inviting FantasyCon 2014 and 2015 attendees to vote are planned to follow from the organisers of those conventions.

If you're a BFS member and you don't receive the bulletin on Thursday, check your spam and bulk mail folders, and if you have no luck let me know and I'll look into it.

Voting will end at midnight, 31 March 2015.

The planned schedule for this year’s awards is as follows:

January–March: voting
April: collation and checking of votes
May: appointment of juries
June: jury decisions on egregious omissions
July 1 (if all goes to plan): announcing shortlists
July: requesting reading copies
August–September: jurors’ reading period
October: awards presentation at FantasyCon 2015

Don't forget that you can look for inspiration when voting to our suggestions list:

And if you have ideas of your own you can add them to the suggestions list via this form:

As ever the awards are subject to the rules of the British Fantasy Awards constitution:

A paper form is available for printing out (here), and I will post that out to anyone who requests it.

General Discussion / Hemingwrite
« on: December 11, 2014, 06:16:30 pm »
Anyone else backed the Hemingwrite? First time I've ever backed a Kickstarter and it's an expensive one, but my Alphasmart is on its last legs and I really fancy this. It's basically a keyboard with a Kindle screen, a modern-day update of the old dedicated portable word processors like the Sharp Fontwriter:

Having seen other Kickstarters have gone, I don't have a huge amount of faith that this will actually arrive in my hands next September, but fingers crossed.

General Discussion / World Fantasy Awards
« on: November 10, 2014, 06:58:50 am »
The 2014 winners of the World Fantasy Awards:

Life Achievement: Ellen Datlow / Chelsea Quinn Yarbro

Novel: Sofia Samatar, A Stranger in Olondria (Small Beer Press)

Novella: Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages "Wakulla Springs" (, 10/13)

Short Story: Caitlín R. Kiernan, "The Prayer of Ninety Cats" (Subterranean magazine, Spring 2013)

Anthology: George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, eds. Dangerous Women (Tor Books/Voyager UK)

Collection: Caitlín R. Kiernan, The Ape's Wife and Other Stories (Subterranean Press)

Artist: Charles Vess

Special Award – Professional: Irene Gallo, for art direction of / William K. Schafer, for Subterranean Press

Special Award – Non-professional: Kate Baker, Neil Clarke & Sean Wallace, for Clarkesworld

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