For those who, like me, would like to reward creators with awards which actually mean something, there are a couple of alternatives I’d like to suggest, and I’m sure more will be, ah, nominated, in the comments.
There’s the Dragon Awards, which are part of the huge convention and much more that is DragonCon.
The website describes them as:
Welcome to the first annual Dragon Awards! As a part of our 30th Anniversary as the nation’s largest fan run convention, we are introducing a new way to recognize excellence in all things Science Fiction and Fantasy. These awards will be by the fans, for the fans, and are your chance to reward those who have made real contributions to SF, books, games, comics, and shows. There is no qualification for submitting nominations or voting – no convention fees or other memberships are needed. The only requirement is that you register, confirm your email address for tracking nominations and voting purposes, and agree to the rules. This ensures that all votes count equally.
Once you have submitted a nomination for a category you cannot change it. If you are not sure about a category, then leave it blank. You can come back at a later date and add nominations for any category you leave blank using this same form. Make sure your name (First and Last), and the email address match your original submission. No need to fill in your original nominations, the form will append the new nominations to your prior list.
Nomination Deadline: July 25, 2016. We encourage you to get your nominations in early.
And then there is the Neffy.
(Full disclosure – through the machinations of a long time barfly, and the President of N3F, I’m the Art Editor of the N3F which came as a bit of a surprise to me. Anyway, if any of you fans have art you’d like to contribute to an unpretentious fan newsletter, give me a shout.)
The Neffy, awarded by the National Fantasy Fan Federation, is the oldest fan award for achievement. It was first given in 1949 to Ray Bradbury. Last year, we gave two awards, one to Toni Weisskopf for Best Editor and one to All of Hugo Fandom for Heroic Achievement in renewing that ancient and honorable fannish custom, the all-hobby fan feud.
Nominators must be members of the National Fantasy Fan Federation, but you can join at http://N3F.org Alternatively, you can send your suggestions to the N3F President, George Phillies. “Paper” publication is a book from a traditional publishing house. “Electronic” publishing is modern self-publishing via SmashWords, Amazon Kindle, etc. but includes “Print on Demand”, e.g., Third Millennium. The length divisions for written works are based on the published recommendations of Eric Flint on his blog. Series novels must have had at least one novel published in 2015.
Best Paper Novel (> 100,000 words)
Best Paper Short Work (< 100,000 words)
Best Electronic Novel (>100,000 words)
Best Electronic Short Work (< 100,000 words)
Best Paper Series Novel (> 3 volumes)
Best Electronic Series Novel (> 3 Volumes)
Best Fan Author
Best Fan Artist
Best Fan Editor
Best Fan Web Site
Fan of the year
Best Pro Author
Best Pro Artist
Best Pro Editor
Best Live Film
Best Animated Film
Best Video (includes TV series)
Best Comic Series
Best Comic Single Issue
Best Paper Game
Best Electronic Game
Some great alternatives for rewarding the folks who entertain and amuse us. What else is out there for us Wrongfans who love to have wrongfun and encourage folks who write great stories to keep ’em coming?