Or, in chronological order, Tony Keen has news about a party:
On Wednesday 26th November 2008, from around 7pm
The Melton Mowbray (18, Holborn, London, ec1n 2le)
BSFA 50th anniversary party
Including the announcement of the winner of the BSFA Short Story competition
(No entry fee or tickets. Non-members welcome. There will be a raffle.)
(Note one-time only change of venue.)
BSFA Awards 2008 – Nominations
You may nominate a work if YOU:
— Are a member of the BSFA
— Send or give your nominations to the Awards Administrator to arrive by January 16th 2009.
The Best Novel award is open to any novel-length work of science fiction or fantasy that has been published in the UK for the first time in 2008. (Serialised novels are eligible, provided that the publication date of the concluding part is in 2008). If a novel has been previously published elsewhere, but it hasn’t been published in the UK until 2008, it is eligible.
Best Short Fiction
The Best Short Fiction award is open to any shorter work of science fiction or fantasy, up to and including novellas, first published in 2008 (in a magazine, in a book, or online). This includes books and magazines published outside the UK.
The Best Artwork award is open to any single science fictional or fantastic image that first appeared in 2008. Again, provided the artwork hasn’t been published before 2008 it doesn’t matter where it appears.
The Best Non-Fiction award is open to any written work about science fiction and/or fantasy which appeared in its current form in 2008, in print or online. Whole collections comprised of work that has been published elsewhere previous to 2008 are ineligible.
Subject to these other rules, you may nominate as many pieces as you like in any category, but you may only submit one nomination for any particular piece.
The shortlists for these four awards will be comprised from the five works in each category that receive the most individual nominations by the deadline. Works published by the BSFA, or in association with the BSFA, are ineligible for a BSFA award. The deadline for me to receive nominations will be midnight, Friday January 16th 2009.
Your nominations can reach me in several ways. Perhaps the easiest is by email – I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. It would be helpful if you can write the award category, author or artist, title, and the source (i.e. the publisher or magazine). There are columns for this information on the form that should have gone out with this mailing for those who would prefer to use snail mail. All nominations must be received in writing, and must include your name to be accepted.