Have you ever wanted to tell fellow fans when you’ve read a great new book or comic, play an awesome new game, or see an exhilarating movie? The Dragon Awards are your chance to share your opinions with, and see the recommendations of, tens of thousands of other fans everywhere! During the award nomination period, we will regularly send lists and information about your most popular choices.

Every fan anywhere is welcome, and encouraged, to both nominate their choices and then vote again on the final ballot! There is no qualification for voting – no convention fees or other memberships are needed. The only requirement is that you register your email address with every nomination or vote. This ensures that all fan’s votes count equally.

Now, you’re curious how it works? Here’s a quick rundown –

There are two administrative periods, nominations and voting:

  1. Nominations will open in October or November of every year.  The nomination period will last until middle to late July.  You don’t have to nominate in all fifteen categories at once; nominate just in the category you choose and return later if you’d like! But choose wisely, you only get one nomination per category and it cannot be changed later.
  2. Your nominations are gathered and reviewed to create a final ballot.  Ballots are issued in batches twice a week during the voting period, during mid-week and at the beginning of the week for anyone that registers after voting has begun.  The initial batch of ballots will be released in early August by our ballot provider SurveyMonkey.  You must not be “opt-out” with SurveyMonkey or they will not issue you a ballot.  You can “opt-in” with SurveyMonkey at this URL: https://www.surveymonkey.com/optin.aspx. The winners will be announced at Dragon Con, always held over the Labor Day weekend in Atlanta!

 

We’re excited to announce the Dragon Awards and are even MORE excited to see your nominations! Start thinking about your “best” because nominations are now open!

  1. Best Science Fiction Novel
    What is the best and most outstanding science fiction novel you have read in the last year, one that you would tell your friends to read?  Qualifying is any book that is around 70,000 words long, containing a single story (no anthologies), and has been first released in print or ebook format between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018 containing and based upon scientific or science and engineering premises or technology.
  2. Best Fantasy Novel (Including Paranormal)
    What is the best and most outstanding novel featuring magic or mythic creatures that you have read in the last year, one that you would tell your friends to read?  Qualifying is any book that is around 70,000 words long, containing a single story (no anthologies), and has been first released in print or ebook format between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018 containing and based upon magic, gods, demons, ghosts, paranormal events, or mythic creatures.
  3. Best Young Adult/Middle Grade Novel
    What is the best and most outstanding novel for young adults, ages 12 to 18, that you have read in the last year, one that you would recommend for all teenagers to read?  Qualifying is any book written for readers ages 12 to 18 that is around 40,000 words long, containing a single story (no anthologies), and has been first released in print or ebook format between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018 containing significant science fiction or fantasy elements.
  4. Best Military Science Fiction or Fantasy Novel
    What is the best and most outstanding novel featuring main characters who are in the military and combat that you have read in the last year, one that you would tell your friends to read?  Qualifying is any book that is around 70,000 words long, containing a single story (no anthologies), and has been first released in print or ebook format between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018 which contains and is based upon some aspect of military combat in any form and in any time period which contains significant science fiction or fantasy elements.
  5. Best Alternate History Novel
    What is the best and most outstanding novel whose story takes place in a world that did not happen, but could have been, so is an alternative to the world as we know it that you have read in the last year, one that you would tell your friends to read?  Qualifying is any book that is around 70,000 words long, containing a single story (no anthologies), and has been first released in print or ebook format between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018 whose story is set in a variant future or past universe including those with steam powered technology.
  6. Best Media Tie-In Novel
    What is the best and most outstanding novel whose story is based on a media property: comic book, game, graphic novel, literary work, movie or television series,  one that you would tell your friends to read?  Qualifying is any book that is around 70,000 words long, containing a single story (no anthologies), and has been first released in print or ebook format between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018.
  7. Best Horror Novel
    What is the best and most outstanding novel whose story is based upon horrific events that you have read in the last year, one that you would tell your friends to read?  Qualifying book featuring and primarily based upon one or more horrific elements that is around 70,000 words long, containing a single story (no anthologies), and has been first released in print or ebook format between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018.
  8. Best Comic Book
    What is the best comic or comic book series you have read in the last year, one that you would tell your friends to read?  Qualifying is any publication that contains illustrated story in traditional comic book format (non-animated) that is at least 20 pages long with a consistent set of characters, premises and series title that appears at least four times per year and at least one volume has been first released in print or electronic format between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018.
  9. Best Graphic Novel
    What is the best single graphic novel that you have read in the last year, one that you would tell your friends to read?A publication that contains illustrated story in traditional comic book format (non-animated) that is at least 36 pages long and has been first released in print or electronic format between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018.
  10. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy TV Series
    What is the best TV or internet series you have watched and enjoyed over the last year?Nominate a series as a whole, not a single episode.  Qualifying is any series of media (video and sound) presentations of which no less than three related episodes have appeared between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018 which featuring continuing cast or characters, plot elements, and series name presented in any medium.
  11. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Movie
    What is the best theatrical, TV, or internet movie you have watched and enjoyed over the last year?  Qualifying is any single presentation of a story featuring fantasy or science fiction elements no shorter than 74 minutes run time that is not part of any continuing series (movie sequels can be included here) which was first was shown in television, in theaters, or over the internet between7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018.
  12. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy PC / Console Game
    What is the best, absolute most fun to play and look at new science fiction or fantasy themed electronic game that you played in the last year? One that you would recommend to your friends.Please put both the name of the game, and game company.  Qualifying is any science fiction or fantasy themed game which may or may not include an internet connection and which was released between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018.
  13. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Mobile Game
    What is the best, absolute most fun to play and look at new science fiction or fantasy themed electronic game that you played on your phone or tablet in the last year? One that you would recommend to your friends.  Qualifying is any science fiction or fantasy themed game which may or may not include an internet connection and which was released between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018.
  14. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Board Game
    What is the best science fiction or fantasy themed game that is played using a game board of form, including those which are assembled during play, that you have played with or would recommend to your friends.  Qualifying is any non-electronic game for any number of players in which a central board plays an important role in the game play and which was first released between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018.
  15. Best Science Fiction or Fantasy Miniatures / Collectible Card / Role-Playing Game
    What is the best science fiction or fantasy themed non-electronic game that is not played using a game board of form that you have played with or would recommend to your friends. This can be any type of game or game rules set.  Qualifying is any non-electronic game for any number of players whose central game play element is not a board and which was first released between 7/1/2017 and 6/30/2018.