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.)
- PLEASE NOTE: THE ELIGIBILITY DETERMINATION YEAR HAS CHANGED. The novel must have been released for publication in the 1 December to 30 November period of the the previous two years (for instance, a novel with a 10 Dec. 2012 release date is a 2014 CCA candidate; while a novel with a 10 Dec. 2013 release date is a 2015 CCA candidate.) (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 of the finalist 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. We have to be honest and tell you that for the books we have had both print and digital copies of in the past couple of years, we have not seen a lot of our readers accessing the digital copies we have on hand.
The answer is:
In 2015, for Compton Crook Award 33, while we will not seek out ebooks (see the remarks about logistics and man-hours below) we will begin accepting submissions of digital-only novels which meet the same standards for writing and copy editing that we hold print novels to.
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 research efforts would require. Give us three more researchers who each have two to six hours available every week and we'll talk!
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