How to Vote

Nebula Awards® Eligibility

Full, Associate, and Senior Members are eligible to nominate and vote for the Nebula Awards® (including the Norton, and Bradbury Awards.)

Eligibility for published works runs from January 1 – December 31 of a given year.  The finalists are announced the following March. The 2020 Nebula Awards® (for works published from January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2020) will be given at the Nebula Awards Ceremony in June 2021.

The Nomination Process

Works must be nominated by a Full, Associate or Senior Members (with no fiduciary interest–which means, not the writer, and not the editor, the agent, or publisher) during the nomination period, which in 2020 runs from November 15 of the eligibility year through February 28.

An author does not have to be a member of SFWA in order for their work to be considered. The best way to offer a work for consideration for the Nebula Awards® is to make sure that it is available for review by SFWA members. SFWA members can post an electronic version of an eligible work in the Fiction area on the SFWA discussion forum. After that, the work and its writer are in the hands of the Fates.

Nebula Suggested Reading List

All categories of SFWA member are eligible to contribute to the Nebula Suggested Reading List. This includes Full, Associate, and Affiliate Members.

The reading list is available at: Reading List

Members are encouraged to make as many recommendations as they wish. There is no limit to the number of recommendations a member can make to the Suggested Reading List. Recommendations may be made at any time during the year.

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®: Fiction Discussion Area

Members and non-members alike are encouraged to offer their eligible works for consideration by making them available on the Nebula Awards®: Fiction area on the discussion forum. The SFWA discussion forum is open only to members and is password protected.

Member writers, editors, publishers, and agents are free to post their own eligible works to the appropriate sub-forum category.

Non-members may make their eligible works available to members by sending it to the Nebula Awards® Commissioner at nac@sfwa.org. The Nebula Awards® Commissioner will post the work to the appropriate sub-forum of the Fiction discussion area.

Nebula Nominations!

If you are a Full, Associate, or Senior 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 between November 15, 2020 and February 28, 2021, 11:59pm PST.

When the nomination period is open, nominations may be cast online or by post.

To cast a ballot online:

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

2.) Click on the link below. If you are not logged in to the SFWA discussion boards, clicking the link may not work, and you may receive an error saying that you do not have permissions to view the page. The link will only work during the nomination period between November 15th and February 28th, 11:59pm PST.

Online Ballot

Paper nomination ballots may be requested by contacting nac@sfwa.org before February 15th, 2021. Paper ballots must be received before the deadline of February 28th, 11:59pm PST.

Nebula Awards® — How to Vote

SFWA’s Full, Associate, and Senior members may vote on the final ballot for the 2020 Nebula Awards® (presented in 2021), including the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and the Andre Norton Nebula Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction.

For the 2020 awards year, voting on the final ballot will be open from March 15, 2021, to April 30, 2021, 11:59pm PDT,

Full, Associate, and Senior Members will receive an email containing instructions for how to access the ballot. The final ballot will also be available via our member-only forums; paper ballots may be requested before April 15, 2021, by contacting nac@sfwa.org.

The Nebula Award rules are available here.

Nebula Voter Packet

Each year, thanks to the generosity of authors and publishers, SFWA is usually able to offer Full and Associate Members a Nebula Voter Packet containing most or all of the nominated works in an electronic format. The voting packet is removed from the member-only forums after voting has ended. Information on accessing the Voter Packet is provided as soon as it is available.

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