A Note On My Campbell Award Eligibility

AnthoCover3_400 I had wanted to write about this sooner, but unfortunately my AT&T powered internet has been kaput all weekend and likely will not be restored for, by their best estimates, another 4 to 8 days depending on how long it takes one of their engineers to respond to the help ticket. So, I've been sitting on some information that I really wanted to share sooner, which, if you read the title, is that I am eligible for the Campbell Award!

Writertopia does a better job explaining this than I can, so...

The John W. Campbell Award is given to the best new science fiction or fantasy writer whose first work of science fiction or fantasy was published in a professional publication in the previous two years. For the 2016 award, which is presented at the World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon), the qualifying work must have been published in 2014 or 2015.

This is my first year of eligibility and it's all thanks to my inclusion in The Cyborg Chronicles, which featured my short story Preservation. (FYI - you can purchase this wonderful anthology for only $1.99 at the moment on Amazon.)

Preservation is being reprinted in the anthology Up and Coming: Stories by the 2016 Campbell-Eligible Authors courtesy of S.L. Huang and Kurt Hunt. Since we were allowed to submit multiple stories for a total of 20,000 words per author, I also submitted my short story Revolver, which originally appeared in the anthology No Way Home. For me, these two stories represent a nice bookend to my year of writing in 2015, as No Way Home/Revolver appeared early in the year, and Preservation/Chronicles was a great way to close out December. It's a terrific honor to get both these stories before the eyes of award voters, in addition to potentially new readers discovering me for the first time.

Up and Coming is entirely free to download and features 120 authors with 230 works amongst them, and over 1 MILLION words of sci-fi goodness. All of these authors are Campbell Award eligible writers, and the hope is that this anthology can be used to help guide the nomination process. The anthology is available in both .mobi and .epub formats, so please go give it a download and read it.

You can download it at Writertopia and/or Bad Menagerie.

If you're eligible to vote, I certainly hope you'll check out my stories and decide if they're worth a nod. So, how to vote?

Again, I'll crib from Writertopia:

The John W. Campbell Award uses the same nomination and voting mechanism as the Hugo, even though the Campbell Award is not a Hugo.

Like the Hugo Awards, the Campbell Award voting takes place in two stages. The first stage, nomination, is open to anyone who had a Supporting or Attending membership in the previous, current, or following year's Worldcon as of January 31. For Sasquan, this means members of Sasquan (the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention in San Antonio), MidAmeriCon II itself, and Worldcon 75 (Helsinki) can nominate any eligible author. This web page helps identify eligible authors for the Campbell Award.

The official nomination page is available at the MidAmeriCon II site. Nominations will close on March 31, 2016.

To be able to vote for the award, you must be a member of MidAmeriCon II (the 74th World Science Fiction Convention in Kansas City, MO). If you are not a member of MidAmeriCon and wish to vote, you must purchase a supporting membership or an attending membership before January 31.

I guess I should mention that if you want to nominate my cyberpunk sci-fi title, Emergence, for a Hugo Award, you are certainly free to do that, too!

Michael Hicks

Michael Patrick Hicks is the author of the science fiction novels Convergence, an Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award 2013 Quarter-Finalist, and Emergence. His work has appeared in several anthologies, and he has written for the websites Graphic Novel Reporter and Audiobook Reviewer. In between compulsively buying books and adding titles that he does not have time for to his Netflix queue, he is hard at work on his next story.


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