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The 2016 Winner of the 34th Compton Crook Award is:

Updraft by Fran Wilde, published by Tor Books, Released September 1, 2015

The 2016 Compton Crook 34 Award Finalists were (in alphabetical order, by author):

5 to 1 by Holly Bodger, published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, 5/15/2015

Owl and the Japanese Circus by Kristie Charish, published by Gallery Books, Canadian Original Edition, 1/13/2015

I Will Love You Forever (Protector Book 1) by Brian Groover, published by Taproot, LLC (CreateSpace), 1/21/2015

The Casualties by Nick Holdstock, published by Thomans Dunne Bookes, 8/4/2015

The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan, published by Crown, 3/19/2015

The Thorn of Dentonhill, a novel of Maradaine by Marshall Ryan Maresca, published by DAW, 2/3/2015

Beasts of Tabat (Tabat Quarter) by Cat Rambo, published by Wordfire Press, 2/20/2015

Flex ('Mancer) by Ferret Steinmetz, published by Angry Robot Books, 3/3/2015

Enter the Janitor (The Cleaners, Vol. 1) by Josh Vogt, published by Wordfire Press, 9/1/2015

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.)
    1. Please note that a first solo novel is eligible even if the author has already had collaborative novels published, as long as those publications listed both authors on the cover.
    2. Novels considered must be adult or young adult novels intended for readers ages 13 and up.
  2. PLEASE NOTE: The eligibility determination year was changed effective Compton Crook Award 32.The novel must have been released for publication in the November 1 to October 31 period of the the previous two years (thus a novel with a Nov. 1, 2015, through October 31, 2016, release date is a 2017 CCA35 candidate; while a novel with a Nov. 1, 2016, through October 31, 2017, release date will be a 2018 CCA36 candidate.) (If the release date is a later year than the copyright, we will consider candidacy based on the author's explanation of the date difference.)
  3. Beginning with Compton Crook Award 33 consideration in 2015, we began accepting submissions of digital-only novels which meet the same standards for writing and copy editing that we hold print novels to.
    1. The digital novel must be provided to us in epub and/or pdf format file via email or on CD's or flash drives.
    2. We will only accept download links for submissions if the link is provided through email to the committee or made available on Google Drive. Otherwise, files must be provided on a CD or flash drive. Please note: we cannot accept links that will not remain live until the end of the candidacy period.
  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 in any genre.
  5. The members of BSFS as a committee of the whole decide on the best (after reading all of the finalist novels).
  6. There is no rule #6.

A Note About Digital-only Publications:

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.

While, due to time and human-power constraints, we will not seek out ebooks (see the remarks about logistics and man-hours below), we will accept submissions of digital-only novels which meet the same standards for writing and copy editing that we hold print novels to. The digital-only novel must be provided in epub or pdf format (or both).

By way of explanation: 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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