The Lemonade Award

Nalo Hopkinson announced at WisCon 40 she is creating the Lemonade Award for kindness and positive change in science fiction.

Strange Horizons has more about her plans:

There are many people who do good in this field, who perform small and large actions of kindness and welcome every day. I’d like to encourage more of that.

I’m starting an award, an annual kindness award to recognize five people and groups who in the previous year have done something that makes positive change in science fiction community. It might take the form of printed certificates, awarded and announced with little pomp or ceremony; perhaps via a press release. There need not be a monetary award, but it’d be nice to give the recipients a tangible token of recognition. Should enough people commit to donating a few dollars every year, such that there is an annual pot of $2,000, that would be enough for five monetary awards of $300 each, with $500 left over for administration. $3,000 per year would be enough for each recipient to receive in addition a physical award.

Sherryl Vint, of the Science Fiction and Technoculture Studies Programme at the University of California Riverside, will manage the nomination/adjudication process. Hopkinson will do fundraising.

Follow the Lemonade Award on Twitter.

Cash donations can be sent via the Speculative Literature Foundation, following Hopkinson’s instructions:

(a) Email a note to [email protected], informing us how much you’re donating. Don’t skip this step. It’s the only way the Spec Lit Foundation will know that the donation is for us, not them.

(b) You can donate via cheque (make it out to SLF) or PayPal (preferred). Donation information is on this page:

Offers of help can be emailed to [email protected].

[Thanks to Gregory N. Hullender for the story.]

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7 thoughts on “The Lemonade Award

  1. I’d never heard of Juicy Salif before, and now that I have, I totally agree with Hopkinson that those things are very appropriate for SF-related awards. And practical, too.

  2. I’ve always loved the Juicy Salif (designed by Philippe Starck for Alessi BTW) ever since I first saw it in a shop for designer table- and kitchenware approx. twenty-five years ago.

    And of course, it’s absolutely perfect for the Lemonade Award, especially since it is a lot more decorative than useful anyway (most people who have one use it for display and have a standard plastic citrus squeezer to actually squeeze lemons).

  3. One of the things I like to do is to write extremely positive reviews for hack self-published science fiction on Amazon and Goodreads. I’m sure it makes the author feel good and isn’t that what it’s all about?

  4. Man, that thing should have replaced Lovecraft as an award.

    But that’s delightful and appropriate for SF lemonade.

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