European Science Fiction Society

Promoting Science Fiction in Europe and European Science Fiction worldwide.

Rules of the European Science Fiction Awards

Works must meet the following conditions to be nominated.
  1. Be a work of Science Fiction or Fantasy, or related to Science Fiction or 
Fantasy.
  2. The majority of the work is by a person or a group of people who were born in, or are a citizen of, a European Country (Appendix 1).
  3. The works were first released in the two calendar years prior to the year of 
the current Eurocon.
  4. If a work has won an ESFS Achievement award, it can not be nominated again 
in the same category.


 Nominations:

  1. The nominations must reach the Chair and the Awards Administrator at least 
one month before the opening of the Eurocon.
  2. Nominations shall be made for a country, by representatives of that country.
  3. A country may nominate people or works from another Country. This shall 
count as a country’s nomination in this category
  4. When out­ of ­country nominations are made, they shall be subject to a veto 
by delegates from the country concerned.

Presentation

  1. 
Time shall be given at the general meeting for delegates to present on their 
nominations.
  2. This time will be set by the board of the ESFS.
  3. Each country will have equal time.

Voting

  1. These Awards are granted by vote of European delegates at the business 
meeting of the ESFS at a Eurocon.
  2. A Delegate may only vote for a single nominee in each category.

Types of awards

There are four types of ESFS awards

  • The Chrysalis Awards
  • The Achievement Awards
  • The Hall of Fame
  • The European Grandmaster

Except where noted, these awards shall have the same rules as already stated

The Chrysalis Awards:

  • These awards are granted according to the nomination from the national 
representative to a writer or artist from a European country, who has 
emerged in the last three years.
  • The winners will be given a certificate signed by the Board of the ESFS.

The Achievement awards

The following categories will be considered for the ESFS Achievement awards

  1. Best work of Art
  2. Best written work of Fiction
  3. Best Dramatic Presentation
  4. Best Fanzine
  5. Best Work for Children
  6. Best Internet Publication, other than a fanzine
  •  The Awards are plaques or other symbolic objects and are presented by the Chair or another Committee Officer appointed by the Chair.
  • The winners will also be given a certificate signed by the Board of the ESFS.

Hall of Fame Awards

  •  Each category shall only won once by a nominee.
  • The following categories shall be considered for Hall of Fame:
  1. Best Artist
  2. Best Author
  3. Best Publisher
  4. Best Promoter of Science Fiction
  5. Best Magazine
  6. Best Translator
  • The Awards are plaques or other symbolic objects and are presented by the 
Chair or another Committee Officer appointed by the Chair.
  • The winners will also be given a certificate signed by the Board of the ESFS.

European Grand Master

  • Grand Master is for outstanding figures in European Science Fiction.
  • They should have been internationally prominent in the field for at least 20 
years and subject to no major controversy.
  • The decision on presentation is at the discretion of the ESFS Board and the 
convention Organizing committee, with the approval of the General meeting.
  • The European Grandmaster should be presented a plaques or other symbolic object and presented by the Chair or another Committee Officer appointed by 
the Chair.
  • European Grand Master nominations should not be made public, except by 
the ESFS board.

Interpretation

The ESFS Board shall make the final decision on interpretation of the rules of these awards.

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