How to Vote

Nebula Awards Eligibility

Eligibility runs from January 1 – December 31 of a given year.  Active, Associate, and Lifetime Active and Lifetime Associate members are eligible to nominate.  Lifetime Active and Active members are able to vote. The awards are announced the following spring (in other words, the 2016 Nebula Awards will be given at the Nebula Conference Banquet in May 2017).

The Nomination Process

A work must be nominated by an Active, Lifetime Active, Associate or Lifetime Associate member (with no fiduciary interest–which means, not the writer, not the editor, the agent, publicist,) during the nomination period, which runs November 15 of the eligibility year through February 15 of the following year.  An author doesn’t have to be a member of SFWA in order for her work to be considered. The six works in each category with the greatest number of nominations become the finalists for the Nebula Awards for that year.

The best way to have a work considered is to make sure that it is available to be read by SFWA members; SFWA members can put a link to an electronic version of a work in the Fiction area on the SFWA forum.  Non-members can ask a member or the Nebula Awards Commissioner to post a link or document to the Forum.  After that, the work and its writer are in the hands of the Fates.

Nebula Nominations Now Open!

If you are an Active, Lifetime Active, Active Family or Associate member of SFWA you are eligible to submit a nomination ballot for the Nebula Awards.

To access the following Nebula Awards Ballot and Reading Lists, you will need to follow the steps below. Ballots must be received by the deadline of February 15, 2017, 11:59pm PST.

Nominations may be cast online or by post.

1.) Please log in to the SFWA discussion boards first.

2.) Then you may click on the link below. Clicking on the link directly may not work unless you have followed the steps above and you may get an error saying that you do not have permissions to view the page.

Online Ballot
Paper ballots may be requested by contacting nac@sfwa.org.

Nebula Suggested Reading List

SFWA’s Nebula suggested reading list allows all SFWA members to suggest works for consideration by other members throughout the year.

The reading list is available at: Reading List

Anyone may view the Nebula suggested reading list. Please note this List is for informational purposes only and does not reflect incoming nominations or form a preliminary ballot.

Nebula Awards Voting

Voting has closed for 2016. For next year: from March 1, 2017, to March 30, 2017, 11:59pm PDT, SFWA’s Active and  Lifetime Active members may vote on the final ballot for the 2016 Nebula Awards (presented in 2017), the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Outstanding Young Adult Science Fiction or Fantasy Book.

How to Vote

Voting is open from March 1 to March 30, 11:59pm PDT.  The final ballot will be available here, and paper ballots may be requested before March 15, 2017, by contacting nac@sfwa.org.  Active and Lifetime Active members will receive an email containing instructions on accessing the ballot.  The final ballot will also be available via our member-only forums; paper ballots may be requested before March 15, 2017, by contacting nac@sfwa.org.

The Nebula Award rules are available here.

2016 Nebula Voter Packet

In 2012, and in conjunction with the nominees and publishers, SFWA was able to offer Active and Lifetime Active members a Nebula Voter Packet containing the nominated works in electronic format. This is an initiative we hope to continue through the coming years. The voting packet is removed from the member-only forums on the evening that voting for the current year has ended. Information on accessing this will be contained with the voting information.

For assistance with the Nebula Voter Packet,  please contact nac@sfwa.org