British Fantasy Awards 2009: Categories and Voting Schedule


  • BFS Special Award (the Karl Edward Wagner Award)
  • The Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer
  • Best Novel (the August Derleth Award) (over 40,000 words)
  • Best Novella (10,000-40,000 words)
  • Best Short Fiction (under 10,000 words)
  • Best Collection
  • Best Anthology
  • Best Non-Fiction
  • Best Artist
  • Best Small Press
  • Best Magazine/Periodical
  • Best Television Programme
  • Best Film
  • Best Comic/Graphic Novel


Although recommendations are requested for the Karl Edward Wagner Award and the Sydney J. Bounds Award for Best Newcomer, the winner of the former will be decided by the BFS/FantasyCon committees, and the winner of the latter by a panel of judges.

Eligibility in relevant categories is decided by the date of first publication in the English language. (Graphic novels or trade paperbacks collecting work published in previous years are eligible.) Fantastic works of all kinds are eligible: heroic fantasy, science fiction, horror, ghost stories, fabulation, alternate history, and so on. The new category of Best Magazine/Periodical is designed to to credit both fiction and non-fiction publications whether they be in print or online.

Voting schedule

  • Recommendations period: was open until 28 February 2009 (extended from January 31)
  • Longlist: sent out to members for voting in the March mailing
  • Voting on the longlist: open until 31 May 2009
  • Shortlist of nominations: to be sent out to members in the June mailing
  • Voting on shortlist: until 1 August 2009
  • Winners: announced on 19 (or 20) September 2009 at the Fantasycon awards ceremony