We’re hard at work preparing for this year’s 2017 Parsec Awards. We’ve added a new page with dates for this year’s deadlines. The most important date now – Nominations will open in April – we’ll announce as soon as we’re ready! Keep an eye out on our site for the nomination link, and good luck to everyone this year!
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.
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)
Please check the Nominee page to see if your podcast has been nominated! If you didn’t receive an email with further instructions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org – we may have incorrect contact information for your podcast!
Congratulations Nominees – now you have until Midnight EDT on June 15 to get your sample submissions to us for semifinalist judging! Please see the Eligibility Criteria page and scroll to the bottom to see the sample specifications for your category!
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!
Here is our list of winners and finalists! Congratulations to everyone on a wonderful competition this year, and remember, if you don’t see your favorite speculative fiction podcast – make sure to nominate it next year! Nominations start in April, 2016!
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It appears that a Patent Troll, Personal Audio, is targeting podcasters (and potentially listeners). The Electronic Freedom Foundation wants to help the podcasting community organize and combat this attack on new media. If you are a podcaster, whether you have been contacted or not, it is worth reading and bookmarking this article.