Voting has now closed in the British Fantasy Awards 2016. Thanks to those of you who voted! 137 forms were submitted this year, casting 2271 votes across all categories, both figures the highest yet under the current awards system. (Last year 105 forms were submitted, and 1504 votes were cast.)
101 forms were submitted by FantasyCon 2015 attendees, 84 forms were submitted by BFS members, and 68 forms were submitted by FantasyCon 2016 attendees, there being quite a lot of overlap between those categories. Voting ran from January 1 to February 29.
During March our awards administrator will check that 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, assemble the juries.
If you would be interested in taking part in a jury, email Stephen Theaker, the awards administrator. 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.
If everything goes to plan, the juries will decide any otherwise unbreakable tie-breaks and add any egregious omissions to the shortlists in May, the shortlists will be announced in June, and the reading period will be from July to August.