What Are You Nominating for the Dragon Awards?

Now doesn’t that seem an unlikely question to see here? And yet with the winners of the 2020 Dragon Awards’ seven novel categories including John Scalzi, Erin Morgenstern, and T. Kingfisher, and the award administrators canvassing voters through the Atlanta-local library systems, the chances of prying Puppy paws loose get better every year. (Though they’re trying to hold on — Declan Finn challenged the Puppies to push back against the “Leftist dirtbags” mainstreaming the award in this blog post.)

The nomination deadline: July 19, 2021. Use this link to make Dragon Awards Nominations.

ELIGIBILITY. Nominees should be first released between 7/1/2020 and 6/30/2021. The eligibility period means, among other things, that you can’t just plug in Hugo finalists, because two of them came out before July 1 (the Jemisin and Wells books; Wells was one of last year’s finalists).

Red Panda Fraction is crowdsourcing a helpful tool to deal with this — Dragon Awards 2021 Eligible Works at Google Sheets.

FINAL BALLOT. The initial batch of final ballots will be released in August 2021.

28 thoughts on “What Are You Nominating for the Dragon Awards?

  1. Thanks, Mike. Horror Novel, SFF Movie, Comic Book, and Graphic Novel could use some eligible nominees in the spreadsheet.

  2. It looks like Network Effect was published too early in the year to qualify. Too bad — it seems like it should have appealed to the Dragon target audience, as a gripping yarn with space travel and generous use of weapons and combat including occasional gory murderizing of people.

  3. microtherion says It looks like Network Effect was published too early in the year to qualify. Too bad — it seems like it should have appealed to the Dragon target audience, as a gripping yarn with space travel and generous use of weapons and combat including occasional gory murderizing of people.

    What’s the earliest date that a book could be published to be included? Network Effect came out in May.

  4. Works are eligible if they are first released between 7/1/2020 and 6/30/2021.

  5. I added Machine by Elizabeth Bear (Oct 6, 2020) in SF, The Empire of Gold by SA Chakraborty in Fantasy (July 18, 2020) and The Midnight Bargain by CL Polk in Alt History (Oct 13, 2020).

  6. I added Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee (Oct 2020) to fantasy. Could possibly be military fantasy I suppose. I’ll have to see what else I can find.

  7. “In 2020, no one cared. That front was ignored entirely. The Leftist dirtbags who are interested in taking over every aspect of American life moved in. And while DragonCon is not a bastion of the Right (just look at the parade of Handmaiden cosplayers a few years ago) it has always been a place where everyone can show up, do their own thing, and be left alone.
    From my varied and sundry sources, people are trying to make it not that.”
    Sounds ominous!

    Did Declan Finn mean “Leftist dirtbags” as in all leftists are dirtbags or the Dirtbag Left and their numerous podcasts?

  8. I’ve added a couple Kieron Gillen titles to the graphic novel list and some Dr Who books to the media tie-in list.

    Dragon Con is entitled to set their eligibility period wherever they want, but it does make it a bit harder to figure out when things were published given that books don’t always list the month with the year on the publication info page. I’ve been relying on Amazon and hoping their dates are accurate and not some random date that is Amazon data and not publishing house data.

  9. Thanks, Cathy. I use the Amazon dates too. It’s really the only way to go I think.

  10. As someone who is interested in comics and graphic novels, can someone tell me what the difference between the categorys are? This is one think I have never gotten.

  11. The way the Dragon Awards defines it, comics are ongoing series (Batman, X-Men, etc…), while graphic novels are longer one-shots or collections. Though theoretically, the same series can be eligible as an ongoing series and then as a collection.

  12. The threshold for comic book seems to be “appears at least four times per year”. So for example, Monstress should be eligible for both comic and graphic novel.

  13. I added The Vanished Birds in Science-Fiction, hope I didn’t screw that up.

  14. Unfortunately it isn’t eligible since the hard cover of The Vanished Birds was released on 1/14/2020.

  15. Their comic & graphic novel definitions are so rigid, they seem to preclude webcomics. Alas!

    But what the heck, I’ve nominated in four (other) categories. 🙂 Why not? Although too much of my stuff is earlier in 2020. Boo, their timeframe is just weird.

  16. Alright, more things added to the spreadsheet and my own ballot submitted. I nominated in all non-game categories, except media tie-in novel.

    @Lorien Gray
    I’m seeing a Jun 30, 2020 release date for The Empire of Gold on Amazon.com. Just short of eligible. Checking isdb shows the same for US and Jun 11 for UK. 🙁

  17. @Laura & @Lorien Gray: Rats, I nominated that. I’d love to give that series All The Awards!

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