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Ian Whates

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Cheers, Jim. Fingers crossed (though I suspect there'll be many other novels nominated that are far worthier than my own).
 

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Er, anyone can be nominated. You just need a member of BSFA to nominate one of your stories or novels. One of mine has even been nominated.
 

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Don't break out the champagne until the shortlist is announced :) Ian W stands far more chance of being on it than I do.
 

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Er, anyone can be nominated. You just need a member of BSFA to nominate one of your stories or novels. One of mine has even been nominated.

If it's like SFWA and the Nebs, anyone can be nominated, but not everybody is. So good for both of you!

I assume it takes a certain number of nominations to make it to the ballot. Do you have a preliminary ballot and then another to vote on the finalists?
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I think they just choose the five novels, stories, etc. with the most nominations for the shortlist. Then everyone votes on that - members of the BSFA and members of the Eastercon. The awards are presented at the Eastercon.
 

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I think they just choose the five novels, stories, etc. with the most nominations for the shortlist. Then everyone votes on that - members of the BSFA and members of the Eastercon. The awards are presented at the Eastercon.

Yes, Ian's entirely right. The five with the most nominations in each category (Novel, Short Story, Artwork, Non-fiction) form the shortlist. For the past few years the BSFA has attempted to send out to all their members a booklet containing all the shortlisted stories and the artwork prior to the vote closing. These have included stories by the likes of Ted Chiang, Ian McDonald, Greg Egan, Paul McAuley, Ian Watson. Eugie Foster and ahem... me.

Last year, due to delays in obtaining the rights to some pieces and printing issues, the booklets actually arrived a few days after the voting closed... but such is life. :rolleyes:
 

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