Best Fan Writer – submit your recommendations!

That you all for some great recommendations last week for Best Semiprozine. Yet again, I’m a little late this week with getting Best Fan Writer going, which is unfortunate since it is a category that definitely deserves more attention than it normally gets! This is also the first of the award categories in the season devoted to a person rather than a work or series of works.

However, I do have some recommendations that have been submitted and will start posting them tomorrow. Additionally, I highly encourage everyone to consider Best Fan Writer recommendations. On the one hand, this is a category that is always on the low end of nominations, but on the other hand, it’s to a large extent it’s currently dominated by bloggers – which makes up a large chunk of the reading many of us do!

Mind you, Best Fan Writer doesn’t have to be blog writing, although that tends to be the majority. Basically, it is any SFF-related writing that does not appear in a professional publication. So semiprozine, fanzine, blog, whatever.

Furthermore, it seems that quite often professional writers are nominated and win the award as well. An interesting discussion about professionals winning Best Fan Writer occurred about a year and a half ago between Mike Glyer and John Scalzi. Definitely an interesting set of reads.

So please submit your recommendations over the next couple days – preferably through the online form in order to link to a blog, Facebook post, etc. or if you do not have any other decent options, as a comment in reply to this post. Just please make sure to take the time and explain WHY you liked that person’s work so much. If it is available online writing (such as a blog) a link would be useful as well.

Thank you!

3 thoughts on “Best Fan Writer – submit your recommendations!”

  1. Adam Whitehead at

    He writes reviews, essays, and news about SFF books, movies, tv shows, and games. His reviews are always thorough and balanced allowing you to easily see how his opinions might compare with your own. His news posts usually contain extra background or insight so they’re not just a repeat of what others report. He also writes extensive essays that are incredible resources for detailed information on various SFF topics.

    In particular, he’s been doing a series of posts over the past few months called A History of Epic Fantasy which is currently up to Part 26. He looks at what it is, where it came from, how it’s developed over the years, and how written stories have influenced and been influenced by stories in other media like role-playing games, video games, film, and television. I plan to nominate the series itself for Best Related Work.


  2. George R. R. Martin for his Not A Blog posts about the Hugo Awards (

    Some of those posts are in direct response to the Puppies, but the ones I really enjoyed talk more about his own experience and knowledge of Fandom, Worldcon, and Hugo history. In particular, I’d point out posts on this year’s Hugo ceremony, the origins and history of The Hugo Losers Party, how and why he created the Alfies, handing out the Alfies at this year’s Hugo Losers Party, and his opinions about Kevin Standlee’s proposal for Hugo category changes. Like those of us here, he’s also interested in starting the discussion about Hugo recommendations early and has made a couple posts so far about the Dramatic Presentation categories.

    I don’t know how he’d feel about being nominated for a fan Hugo, but I don’t really think he’d object. He’s definitely been a Fan at least as long as he’s been a pro. He’s also mentioned nominating pro writer Eric Flint for this category.


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