Nomination/submission period open for Carl Brandon Society Awards



Pam Noles
Awards administrator

Janice Mynchenberg
Book wrangler


Jan. 4, 2005 – The Carl Brandon Society is now accepting published long and short print speculative fiction in English to be considered for two juried awards designed to recognize excellence in speculative fiction by or about people of colour.

Each award comes with a $1,000 prize. To be eligible, works must have been published in 2005.

* The Carl Brandon Parallax Award will be given to works of speculative fiction
created by a person of colour. For their work to be considered for the award, nominees must provide a brief statement self-identifying as a person of colour. The submission period closes Feb. 1, 2006.
Statements should be sent to the Awards Administrator.

* The Carl Brandon Kindred Award will be given to any work of speculative fiction in English dealing with issues of race and ethnicity; nominees may be of any racial or ethnic backgrounds. The submission period closes March 1, 2006. Publishers should email
this address
for details about where to mail nominated works.

Non-publishers may nominate works for either category through the Carl Brandon Society website.

The awards will be presented at Wiscon 30, to be held May 26-29, 2006 in Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Eligible works must have been published between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2005. Works must be in English.

Starting originally as an informal gathering at Wiscon 23 in 1997, the Carl Brandon Society is dedicated to addressing the representation of people of color in speculative fiction. We named ourselves after the fictional fan of color “Carl Brandon, Jr.” created by in the mid-1950s by Terry Carr and Peter Graham. They used
that construct to explore concepts of race within the pages of the influential INNUENDO fanzine, which Carr co-edited, during a time when the landscape of speculative fiction was decidedly monotone.

As speculative fiction increases in diversity, the Carl Brandon Society hopes to raise awareness of issues of race, ethnicity and culture within this genre we all love, fostering a needed dialog. We want to promote inclusivity in across the range of genre – embracing fans and pros – and celebrate the accomplishment of people of color within the community. The society’s future goals include creating scholarships to get people of color to writing workshops and science fiction conventions. Our membership is open to all ethnicities.

For general information about the Carl Brandon Society, visit our websiteour or our blog.

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