SF authors, small press publishers and WSFA members have until March 31 to nominate stories for the Washington Science Fiction Association Small Press Award for short fiction, now in its ninth year. The award honors the accomplishments of small presses in promoting and preserving sf.
Eligible nominees are works of short fiction up to 17,500 words long in the sf, horror and fantasy genres, published by a small press. A small press is defined as a hard copy print or web publication house releasing no more than 45 titles in the year that the story is published.
The winner will be chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association. Blind voting is done using texts with the identity of the author and publisher stripped.
According to The Rules: “Small press publishers and periodicals may nominate up to three (3) stories, published by themselves or others. A writer may nominate one (1) story, published by herself/himself or others. A WSFA member may nominate one (1) story.” Then five members of WSFA screen the submissions and produce the list of finalists.
This year’s WSFA Small Press Award Committee is: Cathy Green, Paul Haggerty, Charity Helton, Sarah Mitchell, Gayle Surrette, and Carolyn Frank (Administrator)
The award will be presented at Capclave 15 over the October 9-11 weekend.