Jan. 9th, 2012

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Attention BSFA members! Don't forget that your award nominations are due by the end of this week (by "midnight on Friday", to be precise). There's a list of what has been nominated so far here; the five works in each category with the most nominations will go forward to the final ballot. Send your nominations to awards@bsfa.co.uk.

If you are a BSFA member who has read and enjoyed God's War by Kameron Hurley, you may also be interested to learn that awards administrator Donna Scott has ruled that its availability in electronic form from Webscriptions makes it eligible for the Best Novel award. I will certainly be nominating it! If you're a BSFA member who hasn't read it, you still have a week! And if you're not a BSFA member and haven't read it, well, read it anyway.
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So it seems I jumped the gun on the eligibility front this morning: the BSFA have posted a clarification about ebook eligibility:

Q) If the novel category is for UK publication only, what about X which is available internationally as an e-book?

A) We are looking at first UK publications only for the Novel category. These will be:
a) A UK print publication, published for the first time in 2011; or
b) Published as an ebook that is available in the UK for the first time in 2011 and doesn’t have a print edition.

We will of course check any and all suggestions out, but the titles will only have one shot at the award no matter what.


So, God's War not eligible after all. An ebook-only novel would be, however.

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