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The 2013 31st Compton Crook Award Finalists are:


Compton Crook Award Eligibility Requirements

  1. 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.)
  2. 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.)
  3. The novel must be available as a print publication.
  4. 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.
  5. The members of BSFS as a committee of the whole decide on the best (after reading all the new novels).
  6. 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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