The Science Fiction Research Association (SFRA) invites nominations for the 2021 Innovative Research Award. The award is announced annually at the SFRA conference and is awarded to the writer (or writers) of the year’s best critical essay-length work published in a peer-reviewed academic journal. Formerly known as the Pioneer Award, the SFRA Innovative Research Award was renamed in 2019 following lengthy discussions and a community vote. For a list of past winners: The SFRA Innovative Research Award.
Please note (as discussed at last year’s business meeting) this year we will be piloting a new process for this award. Only peer-reviewed journal articles are eligible for submission. A maximum of two submissions is welcomed per person, and it is possible to self-nominate. Past winners will not be considered for this award, so please refer to the list of winners before submitting your nomination if you believe the author has won in the past. All nominations will remain anonymous.
For all inquiries or to submit a nomination, please send the author’s name, title of article and the journal and pages in which the article appeared to the committee chair Alison Sperling at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also include the article as an attachment. The deadline for submissions is February 24, 2022.