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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #15 on: February 26, 2016, 07:30:02 AM »
It's a hilarious joke concerning the amount of overlap between BFS members and FantasyCon attendees. Why, what's the meaning you thought it might have that you found offensive?

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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #16 on: February 28, 2016, 05:27:17 PM »
Last chance to vote in the BFAs tomorrow. So far we have 88 forms in. 56 from BFS members, 62 from Fcon 2015 attendees, and 44 from Fcon 2016 attendees. (The numbers don't add up to 88 because we have so many people who count in more than one category.)

105 voting forms were submitted last year. Would be nice to beat that. I'll be sending out a final reminder to BFS members tomorrow.

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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #17 on: February 29, 2016, 09:26:03 AM »
Our final email reminder to BFS members has just gone out. I've sent this one out directly, in case Mailchimp don't get on with any of your email providers. 207 of you are still eligible to vote - please do!

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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #18 on: February 29, 2016, 12:00:45 PM »
Hey Stephen

I definitely do not have the email either?! I've checked Junk folders, too!
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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #19 on: February 29, 2016, 12:10:20 PM »
Thanks - it might be that the email we have on record for you is out of date, because it doesn't match the one on your forum profile. I'll email you at that one.

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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #20 on: February 29, 2016, 01:37:27 PM »
My fault, as it turns out I gave you folks the WRONG email address: doh! Apologies...and thanks for sorting it.
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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #21 on: February 29, 2016, 01:54:41 PM »
No worries - thanks for following up!

107 voting forms have been submitted now, so we've beaten 2015. We might even beat 2014 at this rate, when we had 122 forms submitted.

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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #22 on: March 01, 2016, 09:18:39 PM »
Voting is now closed. Thanks to those of you who took part. We had a record-breaking 137 forms submitted this year, casting 2271 votes across all categories! To compare with previous years (these are all from before the voters and votes were checked):

2012: 952 votes cast across all categories
2013: 1374 votes cast (90 forms)
2014: 1790 votes cast (122 forms)
2015: 1504 votes cast (105 forms)
2016: 2271 votes cast (137 forms)

Thanks to the FantasyCon 2015 and 2016 teams for helping to get the word out, and, again, to all of you who voted!

During March I will check the voters and their votes are valid, collate the votes, compile the provisional list of nominees, and then in April, with the advice of the BFS committee, put together the juries.

If you would be interested in joining a jury, please get in touch to let me know. We're looking for keen readers, and owning a tablet or ereader (and liking to read on them) would be a great advantage in most categories. The juries will decide tie-breaks and egregious omissions in May, and the reading period will be from July to August.

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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #23 on: March 29, 2016, 06:00:37 PM »
All the voters have been confirmed as valid, three duplicate entries have been removed, and I've put together the provisional shortlist. During April I will be appointing the juries. If you'd be interested, get in touch this week. I must have at least one non-member on each jury, but I like having plenty of BFS members on them too.

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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #24 on: April 17, 2016, 01:38:44 PM »
I'm in the middle now of assembling the juries for this year’s awards. You don't need to be a BFS member to take part, just a keen reader who can express their views about a book or story well. Owning a tablet or ereader (and being happy to read on them) would be a great advantage in most categories.

We are about halfway there, and are currently looking for jurors in the following categories:

* anthology
* artist
* collection
* film/television production
* independent press
* magazine/periodical
* non-fiction
* short story

The juries will decide tie-breaks and egregious omissions in May, and the reading period will be from July to August.
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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #25 on: April 24, 2016, 02:13:12 PM »
Thank you to everyone who volunteered for an awards jury this year. I think I've replied to everyone, but if I missed you please let me know. I'm sorry we couldn't use everyone.

Per the awards constitution, my appointment of the jurors is subject to the BFS committee's approval, so I've been consulting with them as I go along, and the complete list is with them now for looking over.

I'm hoping to announce the list of jurors in our next members-only bulletin.

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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #26 on: May 09, 2016, 09:13:37 AM »
These are the jurors for the British Fantasy Awards 2016.

Best anthology
Gary Couzens
Louie Reynolds
Zean Fairbanks-Gilbert

Best artist
Caroline Callaghan
Howard Watts
Jay Eales

Best collection
Carole Johnstone
E.G. Cosh
Simon Bestwick

Best comic/graphic novel
Ian Hunter
Jo Thomas
P M Buchan

Best fantasy novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
Elaine Hillson
Rhian Bowley
Ross Warren

Best film/television production
Catherine Hill
Jim Steel
Johnny Mains

Best horror novel (the August Derleth Award)
Aleksandra Kesek
Nina Allan
Sarah Carter

Best independent press
El Ashfield
Ole Andreas Imsen
Richard Webb

Best magazine/periodical
Kate Coe
Marcus Gipps
Sean Wallace

Best newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)
Elloise Hopkins
Lizzie Barrett
Robin Lupton

Best non-fiction
Kevin McVeigh
Martin Petto
Ruth EJ Booth

Best novella
Jo Thomas
Laura Mauro
Mark West

Best short story
Stephen Bacon
Penny Jones
Phil Sloman

The jurors were appointed by the awards administrator (me), under the supervision of the British Fantasy Society committee. The BFS committee itself is the jury for the Special Award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award).

The jurors will now begin the process of deciding whether to add any egregious omissions to the items put onto the shortlist by the members of the British Fantasy Society and the attendees of FantasyCon 2015 and FantasyCon 2016. They will then go on to decide the winners, to be announced at FantasyCon By The Sea.
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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #27 on: June 07, 2016, 07:58:17 AM »
We will be announcing the nominees live on Twitter from about 9am this morning via the BFS Twitter account. The hashtag to look out for is #bfawards2016.

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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #28 on: June 07, 2016, 09:28:03 AM »
These are the shortlists for the British Fantasy Awards 2016.

Four nominees in each category were decided by the votes of BFS members, attendees of FantasyCon 2015, and attendees of FantasyCon 2016. Up to two further nominees in each category were added by the juries as "egregious omissions" under the rules.

Best anthology
African Monsters, ed. Margrét Helgadóttir and Jo Thomas (Fox Spirit Books)
Aickman's Heirs, ed. Simon Strantzas (Undertow Publications)
Best British Horror 2015, ed. Johnny Mains (Salt Publishing)
The Doll Collection, ed. Ellen Datlow (Tor Books)
The 2nd Spectral Book of Horror Stories, ed. Mark Morris (Spectral Press)

Best artist
Ben Baldwin
Vincent Chong
Julie Dillon
Evelinn Enoksen
Sarah Anne Langton
Jeffrey Alan Love

Best collection
Ghost Summer: Stories, Tananarive Due (Prime Books)
Monsters, Paul Kane (The Alchemy Press)
Probably Monsters, Ray Cluley (ChiZine Publications)
Scar City, Joel Lane (Eibonvale Press)
Skein and Bone, V.H. Leslie (Undertow Publications)
The Stars Seem So Far Away, Margrét Helgadóttir (Fox Spirit Books)

Best comic/graphic novel
Bitch Planet, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Valentine De Landro, Robert Wilson IV and Cris Peter (Image Comics) (#2–5)
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 2: Generation Why, G. Willow Wilson, Jacob Wyatt and Adrian Alphona (Marvel)
Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (HarperTeen)
Red Sonja, Gail Simone and Walter Geovani (Dynamite Entertainment) (#14–18)
Saga, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Image Comics) (#25–32)
The Sandman: Overture, Neil Gaiman, J.H. Williams III and Dave Stewart (Vertigo)

Best fantasy novel (the Robert Holdstock Award)
Guns of the Dawn, Adrian Tchaikovsky (Tor)
Half a War, Joe Abercrombie (HarperVoyager)
The Iron Ghost, Jen Williams (Headline)
Signal to Noise, Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Solaris)
Sorcerer to the Crown, Zen Cho (Macmillan)
Uprooted, Naomi Novik (Macmillan)

Best film/television production
Inside No. 9: The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge, Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton (BBC Two)
Jessica Jones: AKA WWJD?, Scott Reynolds (Netflix)
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Peter Harness (BBC One)
Mad Max: Fury Road, George Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris (Warner Bros. Pictures et al.)
Midwinter of the Spirit, Stephen Volk (ITV Studios)
Star Wars: The Force Awakens, by Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams and Michael Arndt (Lucasfilm et al.)

Best horror novel (the August Derleth Award)
A Cold Silence, Alison Littlewood (Jo Fletcher Books)
The Death House, Sarah Pinborough (Gollancz)
Lost Girl, Adam Nevill (Pan Books)
Rawblood, Catriona Ward (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
The Silence, Tim Lebbon (Titan Books)
Welcome to Night Vale, Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor (Orbit)

Best independent press
The Alchemy Press (Peter Coleborn and Jan Edwards)
Angry Robot (Marc Gascoigne)
Fox Spirit Books (Adele Wearing)
Newcon Press (Ian Whates)

Best magazine/periodical
Beneath Ceaseless Skies, ed. Scott H. Andrews (Firkin Press)
Black Static, ed. Andy Cox (TTA Press)
Holdfast Magazine, ed. Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee (Laurel Sills and Lucy Smee)
Interzone, ed. Andy Cox (TTA Press)
Strange Horizons, ed. Niall Harrison (Strange Horizons)

Best newcomer (the Sydney J. Bounds Award)
Becky Chambers, for The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet (Hodder & Stoughton)
Zen Cho, for Sorcerer to the Crown (Macmillan)
Peter Newman, for The Vagrant (HarperVoyager)
Steven Poore, for The Heir to the North (Kristell Ink)
Marc Turner, for When the Heavens Fall (Titan Books)

Best non-fiction
The Art of Horror: An Illustrated History, ed. Stephen Jones (Applause Theatre & Cinema Books)
Fantasy-Faction, ed. Marc Aplin and Jennie Ivins (Fantasy-Faction)
Ginger Nuts of Horror, ed. Jim Mcleod (Jim McLeod)
King for a Year, ed. Mark West (Mark West)
Letters to Tiptree, ed. Alexandra Pierce and Alisa Krasnostein (Twelfth Planet Press)
Matrilines, Kari Sperring (Strange Horizons)

Best novella
Albion Fay, Mark Morris (Spectral Press)
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor (Tor.com)
The Bureau of Them, Cate Gardner (Spectral Press)
The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn, Usman T. Malik (Tor.com)
Witches of Lytchford, Paul Cornell (Tor.com)

Best short fiction
The Blue Room, V.H. Leslie (Skein and Bone)
Dirt Land, Ralph Robert Moore (Black Static #49)
Fabulous Beasts, Priya Sharma (Tor.com)
Hippocampus, Adam Nevill (Terror Tales of the Ocean)
Strange Creation, Frances Kay (Tenebris Nyxies)
When The Moon Man Knocks, Cate Gardner (Black Static #48)

The winners of these awards will now be decided by the previously announced juries, while the British Fantasy Society committee has the task of deciding the winner of the special award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award). The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Sunday, 25 September 2016, at FantasyCon 2016 in Scarborough: FantasyCon By The Sea.

The British Fantasy Awards constitution can be read here.

If you spot any errors in the shortlisted items, please let me know, either here, or by email at bfsawards@britishfantasysociety.org.
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Re: British Fantasy Awards 2016
« Reply #29 on: June 07, 2016, 05:09:27 PM »
The announcement went very well again this year. We were trending for the whole morning, and as well as lots of blog posts and other online discussion, there's been a very nice article in the Guardian from Alison Flood: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/jun/07/british-fantasy-awards-shortlists-neil-gaiman-naomi-novik