SFWA President Cat Rambo reports the organization made a Nebula eligibility ruling:
Recently a member of SFWA queried about whether Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen was eligible for nomination during the current nomination period, on the basis of its sales in an electronic format on Baen’s web site in 2015. Nebula Awards Commissioner Terra LeMay took the matter to the SFWA Awards Rules Committee for a decision.
Because a digital edition of the book was released for sale online on Baen’s website in October of 2015, the rules committee determined Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen to be eligible for the 2015 Nebula Award.
A SFWA representative did reach out to Ms. Bujold to let her know and to make sure that she was aware that if she disagreed with the decision of the SARC, the rules allow her to appeal to SFWA’s Board of Directors and offering to assist with the appeal process if she decided to pursue that.
Publishing has become more and more complicated with thorny issues with every passing day, it seems, and this is part of finding a path through one part of that unpleasant bramble. I have every faith that the Committee debated at length about the decision and that they made a good one.
The members of the SFWA Awards Rules Committee are Connie Willis, James Patrick Kelly, and Jeffrey Carver.
Full rules for the Nebula Awards may be found here: www.sfwa.org/nebula-awards/rules/