Award Criteria and Definitions
The selected work will demonstrate both rigorous research and eloquence, and offer a significant intervention in the field, which can include attention to understudied content or disciplines, and/or innovative theoretical approaches.
The selected work will be the author’s first book-length scholarly publication in the field of SF, available in English.
Edited collections and anthologies are not eligible for this award.
The committee will take a broad definition of SF. If there is any question as to the relevance of the work to the field, the applicant should justify the inclusion with their submission.
Decisions of eligibility for consideration shall rest with the award committee; in the case that the committee is not unanimous, a majority of the Executive Committee shall be determinative.
The award committee will consist of four members, each serving for three years, on a rolling basis. Following the award banquet, the previous Chair will rotate out of the committee, the member with longest standing on the committee, serving as Chair, and a new member will be selected.
Committee members will be established scholars, with experience in the field of SF, and who have been members of SFRA for some time.