The 2017 Parsec Awards will be announced January 1, 2018 at Noon Eastern (GMT-5)!
The Parsec Awards has been growing steadily in submissions and prestige through its first decade of being the only juried award dedicated solely to speculative fiction podcasting.
Would it surprise you to find out that for the first decade the Parsec Awards only had a committee of 6 volunteers? This was expanded to 8 in 2016, but we’re ready to increase that number by YOU!
Where do we need help?
- Semi-finalist judging for 2017
- Parsec Awards Ceremony
- Streaming assistance
- Media support (graphics, video, etc..)
- Steering committee members
I bet you’re wondering “How much of my precious Netflix, reading, podcast listening time will this take?!!!
At least it isn’t going to cut into the time you need for new Game of Thrones content! Ha!
Even if you only have enough time to judge a single category, you’ve made a positive contribution to workload and integrity of the awards.
If you have some time and believe that the Parsecs have an important place in the podcasting landscape, go ahead and send us an email! See if you have what it takes to be on the team!
Thank you for your time,
Parsec Awards Steering Committee
From the Parsec Awards Committee:
Parsec Awards community,
The Parsec Awards Committee is considering moving the awards ceremony, that has been held annually for the last decade at Dragon*Con in Atlanta, GA, to a virtual-only ceremony. We are asking you, the community of podcasters, recipients and supporters to weigh-in on this proposal.
This is not something we take lightly. Over the years the awards ceremony has been an opportunity for us to share laughs, music, triumph and tragedy as a community. You, who have supported us and each other, are the reason the awards exist and we would be remiss if we didn’t attempt to serve you in the best way possible.
We feel that a virtual awards ceremony may help us do that.
By dissociating the awards with Dragon*Con, we feel that more of our community will be able to participate. No longer will travel to Atlanta be a prerequisite for presenters, entertainers or recipients. Many of those who attended Dragon*Con even found their schedules did not allow their attendance at the awards. We also feel that we can have a better chance of securing judges’ time when we are not smack in the middle of Con season as we can now have some flexibility in scheduling the awards.
At the time the awards were created, the technology to support this change was either prohibitively expensive or non-existent. Now it is commonplace.
Thank you for your consideration and your vote:
The Awards Committee and Advisors of the Parsec Awards for excellence in speculative fiction podcasting are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 awards for excellence in speculative fiction podcasting. These awards were presented at DragonCon on September 4th, at the annual Parsec Awards Ceremony. This year the ceremony was hosted by Chuck Tomasi and Kreg Steppe of the Technorama Podcast, featuring presenters from literature, media, music and science. The Parsecs are a juried award with open nominations and two rounds of judging by volunteers in and around the speculative fiction and podcasting communities. http://www.parsecawards.com
2016 Parsec Awards Winners
Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast
Improvised Star Trek -“The Voyages of the USS Sisyphus”
by Christopher Rathjen and the USS Sisyphus Cast & Crew (Improvised)
Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation
The Journeyman Writer by Alastair Stephens
Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)
Verity Podcast by Deborah Stanish, Erika Ensign, Katrina Griffiths, L.M. Myles, Lynne M. Thomas, Tansy Rayner Roberts
Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast
The Uncanny Magazine Podcast by Lynne M. Thomas, Michael Damian Thomas,
Erika Ensign, & Steven Schapansky
Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)
The Incomparable by Jason Snell
Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast
Universe Today’s Guide to Space hosted by Fraser Cain
Best Speculative Fiction Video Story
The Ultimate Nerd-ament by Grant Baciocco & Russ Walko
Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team
Uncanny County by Todd Faulkner & Alison Crane
Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)
Uncanny County by Todd Faulkner & Alison Crane
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Long Form)
Reading Out Loud -“Property Damage Claim #1-1403986” by Ryan P. Duke
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)
After the Plague by Mike Bennett
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)
Tales to Terrify -“Graves” by Justin Cawthorne
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)
The Voice of Free Planet X -“Oddfellows Local” by Jared Axelrod
Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)
The Galaxy Quest Restoration Project -“Balance of Darkness” by David A. Mackenzie
We are happy to announce that nominations are now open for the 2016 Parsec Awards for Excellence in Speculative Fiction Podcasting. If you have a favorite podcast or web series that feel deserves recognition by the oldest juried podcast award for science fiction and fantasy, now is your chance!
Whether you are a fan or content provider, enter your nomination here.
- Schedule: http://dragonconpodcast.com/schedule/
- List of supported devices: http://tunein.alphageekradio.com
- Video tune-in page: http://event.alphageekvideo.com
- Audio tune-in page: http://event.alphageekradio.com
There will also be a real-time IRC chat room available on the tune-in pages.