Compton Crook Award Eligibility Requirements
- This must be the author's first commercially available solo (collaborations are not eligible) science fiction, fantasy or horror novel under her/his legal name or any pseudonym. (By "commercially available" we mean available for purchase from one or more internet or brick-and-mortar sellers. This includes direct author-to-reader sales.)
- The novel must have been released for publication in the calendar year immediately preceding the Award year. Candidates for the 2013 Compton Crook Award must have a 2012 copyright and/or release date. (If release date is a later year than copyright, we will consider candidacy based on author's explanation of the date difference.)
- The novel must be available as a print publication.
- No title is eligible if the author has previously won any award from any Australian, Canadian, UK, British Commonwealth, former British Commonwealth or US organization for any English language novel.
- The members of BSFS as a committee of the whole decide on the best (after reading all the new novels).
- There is no rule #6.
A Note About Digital-only Publications:
We are often asked why we do not accept digital-only publications as Compton Crook Award Candidates.
The answer is:
LOGISTICS and MAN HOURS. Each Compton Crook Award Candidate novel listed represents a minimum of two hours of research, letter-writing, verifications, database maintenance, trips to the PO Box, etc. Ninety per cent of that work is done by two people.
We simply do not have the time or manpower a broadening of our candidate base would require. Give us three more researchers who each have four to ten hours available every week and we'll talk!
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