2015 Awards Challenge Update

It’s been a bit since I first issued myself this challenge in January, and low and behold, there are some nominations rolling in. Well, about 50 of them. So it’s time to get to work and give you the lay of the land as award season marches on.

As I’ve caught up with this massive undertaking, I’ve begun to realise just how much I bit off. So while I’m likely going to fail miserably to get all nominated works read (I will get to all the winners!), I am dedicated to at least amassing the list of nominated works for your perusal. That has been added under a link on the left hand side of the site, and will be updated periodically throughout the year as new nominations role in and winners are announced. Just a reminder: I’m looking only at nominated books. Many of these awards honor other categories, such as films, editors, lifetime achievement, and many more. However, I do need my sanity intact (yes, really), and so I’m choosing to keep things somewhat simple.

As we move through the year, I will also be breaking out each award into its own post so I can talk a bit more about each award and give a more highlighted entry for each title nominated. But first, an overview of the awards that have been added to my new massive list:

The Bram Stoker Award, is presented by the Horror Writer’s Association at the World Horror Convention on May 9, 2015 in Atlanta Georgia. The final ballot (for voting on by members of the HWA) has been issued, and the shortlists for the Superior Achievement in a Novel, Superior Achievement in a First Novel, and Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel have been added to our main list. There are an additional 8 categories under vote, and the recipients of the Lifetime Achievement category have been announced as Jack Ketchum and Tanith Lee.

The British Science Fiction Association (BFSA) Award final ballot has been announced, and voting is open until March 23rd for BFSA members and attendees of Eastercon, where the awards will be presented between April 3-6, 2015. The shortlist for Best Novel has been added to our main list.

The Goodreads Choice Awards were completed in November 2014 for books published in 2014. The winners for the categories of Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Debut have been added to our main list.

The Kitchies have announced their 2014 finalists. These titles will be judged by a publicly announced panel who are reading now. The shortlists for the Red Tentacle (Novel) and Golden Tentacle (Debut) have been added to our main list.

The Locus Awards announced their recommended reading list (which is kind of a short list) in the February Issue of Locus Magazine. The initial ballot is live until April 15, 2015 and is open to anyone who wants to submit. You can find that ballot here. We have added the reading list entries for Novels - Science Fiction, Novels - Fantasy, Young Adult, and First Novels to our main list.

The Nebula Awards and the Andre Norton Award are presented (and voted on) by the members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. The shortlists have been announced and the awards are being voted upon. They will be presented at the Nebula Awards Weekend in Chicago, IL, June 4 - 7, 2015. The shortlists for Best Novel and the Andre Norton Award have been added to our main list.

And, a look at the awards I’m planning on tracking who have not entered the shortlist stage yet:

The Arthur C. Clarke Award will likely announce its shortlist later this month. This award is done by a closed jury, and awarded in London.

The Compton Crook Award has closed its preliminary voting round, and will be announcing its shortlist later this month. Voting for this award will take place in April, with the prize awarded on Memorial Day Weekend in Baltimore, Maryland.

The Hugo Awards and John C. Campbell Award are in the nomination period, which ends on March 10. The award will be presented in Spokane, WA at the 2015 Worldcon.

The James Tiptree Jr. Award’s jury is currently reading nominated books. No news yet on when an announcement will be made. The award is traditionally given at WisCon in Madison, WI during Memorial Day Weekend.

The World Fantasy Awards will be presented in November at the World Fantasy Convention in Saratoga Springs, NY. No news yet on their shortlist.

Janea A. Schimmel

Janea A. Schimmel

Janea is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Speculative Post. She's previously worked on the group Speculative Fiction blog The Ranting Dragon, as well as on her own personal blogs. She's currently enjoying the freedom of writing and editing full time, on The Speculative Post, the illusive novel, and freelance opportunities as she transitions from Lansing, MI to the Chicago area. In her previous life, she worked in an urban public library where she gathered rather too much fodder for stories.

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