BSFA 2017 Awards

The Awards will be presented at Follycon, the 69th Eastercon, which this year is taking place at The Majestic Hotel, Harrogate, from 30th March – 2nd April 2018.

Our ballot is now live! BSFA members who wish to send advance votes, can do so here. We will also have a printable ballot form available from this web page in a few days, in case you would prefer to vote by post.

The shortlisted works are:

Best Novel

  • Nina Allen – The Rift (Titan Books)
  • Anne Charnock – Dreams Before the Start of Time (47North)
  • Mohsin Hamid – Exit West (Hamish Hamilton)
  • Ann Leckie – Provenance (Orbit)

Best Shorter Fiction

  • Anne Charnock – The Enclave (NewCon Press)
  • Elaine Cuyegkeng – These Constellations Will Be Yours (Strange Horizons)
  • Greg Egan – Uncanny Valley (
  • Geoff Nelder – Angular Size (in ‘SFerics 2017’ edited by Roz Clarke and Rosie Oliver, Createspace Independent Publishing Platform)
  • Tade Thompson – The Murders of Molly Southbourne (

Best Non-Fiction

  • Paul Kincaid – Iain M. Banks (University of Illinois Press)
  • Juliet E McKenna – The Myth of Meritocracy and the Reality of the Leaky Pipe and Other Obstacles in Science Fiction & Fantasy (in ‘Gender Identity and Sexuality in Current Fantasy and Science Fiction’ edited by Francesca T Barbini, Luna Press)
  • Adam Roberts – Wells at the World’s End 2017 blog posts (Wells at the World’s End blog)
  • Shadow Clarke Award jurors – The 2017 Shadow Clarke Award blog (The Anglia Ruskin Centre for Science Fiction and Fantasy). The 2017 Shadow Clarke jurors are: Nina Allen, Maureen Kincaid Speller, Victoria Hoyle, Vajra Chandrasekera, Nick Hubble, Paul Kincaid, Jonathan McCalmont, Megan AM.
  • Vandana Singh – The Unthinkability of Climate Change: Thoughts on Amitav Ghosh’s The Great Derangement (Strange Horizons)

Best Artwork

  • Geneva Benton – Sundown Towns (cover for Fiyah Magazine #3)
  • Jim Burns – Cover for ‘The Ion Raider’ by Ian Whates (NewCon Press)
  • Galen Dara – Illustration for ‘These Constellations Will Be Yours’ by Elaine Cuyegkeng (Strange Horizons)
  • Chris Moore – Cover for ‘The Memoirist’ by Neil Williamson (NewCon Press)
  • Victo Ngai – Illustration for ‘Waiting on a Bright Moon’ by JY Yang (
  • Marcin Wolski – Cover for ‘2084’ edited by George Sandison (Unsung Stories)


How to Vote: 

Mark your choices in each category in order of preference: ‘1’ for first place, ‘2’ for second place, etc. You are not required to rank all the nominees in any category. Advance votes must be received by Monday 26th March 2017, either electronic or postal. If you intend to send votes by post instead of via the e-ballot form,  please remember to include your BSFA membership number (you will find this on the envelope of your latest mailing) and your name and address. Return your postal votes to: BSFA Awards, 9 Montgomery Road, Cambridge CB4 2EQ.

EASTERCON: Those attending Eastercon can vote at the BSFA stand until noon on the day of the awards ceremony, which is on Saturday 31st March. If you are attending Eastercon, you do not need to be a member of the BSFA to take part in the vote.

We are very pleased to let you know that we have been working with the Best Short Fiction nominated authors and publishers to bring members the now traditional BSFA Awards booklet. We are endeavouring to get this finalised as soon as possible in order to give members as much advance reading time as possible. The idea behind the booklet was to allow for fair representation of those stories that were no longer commercially available in order to encourage participation in this category. In the past, many authors and publishers of works that were still commercially available have kindly also allowed us to reproduce their work in the same booklet in order to make it more convenient for our members to access their work for the purposes of voting. More recently, we have also been able to include extracts of work from the Best Non-fiction category. Please note that we cannot always guarantee that the work will be made available to us to use, but this year we will very happily be able to provide a booklet for members.

The BSFA Awards, along with other honours and prizes, can be your gateway to discovering great new fiction, non-fiction and artwork: we would always encourage our members to support the creators where they can by buying their books.

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