Nominations Open for 2020 Dragon Awards

The Dragon Awards website has reset and is now taking nominations for the 2020 awards.

I tested the site and was informed my nomination had been accepted —

Eligible works are those first released between 7/1/2019 and 6/30/2020.

The deadline to make nominations is July 20, 2020. The initial batch of final ballots will be released on August 1, 2020.

12 thoughts on “Nominations Open for 2020 Dragon Awards

  1. Eligible works are those first released between 7/1/20197 and 6/30/2018.

    Errr….. I think you mean 7/1/2019 and 6/30/2020, surely?

  2. Those dates are just so WEIRD. And opening nominations now means that the books published this year will have a big advantage over those published closer to the close of nominations, especially since each voter can only vote for one book.

    The whole setup is seriously odd.

  3. Although Brad Torgersen won one of the novel categories this year with a book that came out in December, I don’t attribute that to him having a head start on the field.

  4. Heh. Me neither!

    I can’t resist saying it — his book is currently selling at #421,989, Paid in Kindle Store. The Calculating Stars is selling at #9,576.

    😉

  5. @Contrarius: have they changed the rules so that whichever work gets the most nominations wins the awards?

    It does say that “The most popular Entries, as determined by number of nomination submissions during the Nomination Period, will be featured on the Website between 9:00 A.M. ET on August 1, 2020 and 11:59 P.M. ET on September 4, 2020 (hereinafter, “Voting Period”)” but they also still have the sweepstakes-derived rules language that

    “SELECTION OF WINNERS: All decisions regarding the voting process and selection of winners shall be made by DRAGON CON in its sole discretion, shall be final, and shall not be subject to challenge or appeal.”

    That doesn’t just mean that they could list the six works that got the most nominations, and then give the award to one judge’s favorites in each category without even counting the votes–though it would allow that. It also suggests that there’s no way of knowing whether the (4, 5, 7?) works listed as nominees really did get the most nominations, since which works are nominees is a decision about the voting process.

    I’d like them to be doing this honestly, and I’d like to believe they are–but it would/will be much easier to believe that if they rewrite the rules to be more “here is how we are running a popular award for excellence in sf/fantasy/horror works” and less “and if we mess up or violate our own published rules, too bad.”

    How many years have they done this without caring that an award for best milsf novel is a different kind of thing that giving one random viewer a trip to Cancun, and that the difference isn’t just that the award has no cash value?

  6. @Vicki —

    @Contrarius: have they changed the rules so that whichever work gets the most nominations wins the awards?

    Well, I figure they could at least PRETEND to be running an honest competition.

  7. It’s a maze of twisty-turny passages.
    The link in the post is dragoncon dot ORG
    However, that redirects you to a different page.
    The nomination page is dragoncon dot NET but otherwise looks exactly the same.

  8. @Vicki Rosenzweig:That doesn’t just mean that they could list the six works that got the most nominations, and then give the award to one judge’s favorites in each category without even counting the votes–though it would allow that. ~”Let’s find a ballot box to stuff and throw into the sea.” — a random local in Asterix in Corsica.

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