Parsec Eligiblity Criteria

 

General Parsec Eligibility Criteria

  • Only English language Podcasts are considered for the Parsec Awards.
  • Material submitted in samples must have been released as podcasts from May in the prior year through April in the award year. (e.g. for the 2014 Parsec Awards, within May 1, 2013 – April 30, 2014)
  • All samples must be of mp3, mp4, wmv, m4v, or mov format.
  • The content must be available via a subscription on the Internet (this includes YouTube, Vimeo, etc..).
  • Podcast material must be released free of charge.
  • A podcast can compete in a maximum of 1 (one) category unless the podcaster/podcasting team is eligible for the “Best New Speculative Podcaster/Team” category. In that case they may compete in that category and 1 (one) other.
  • A category will not be awarded for the year if only 2 (two) or fewer eligible podcasts have submitted samples.
  • The submitted work must be the original work of the nominee or those associated with the production of the content. Material that infringes upon copyright or trademarked characters, stories or worlds, other than as parody, will not be considered.
  • No one working or contributing to the podcast may have been involved in the selection process for that podcast in any way.
  • For works of a syndicated nature, i.e.,  recurring, non-story based podcasts (e.g. magazine, fan & news, comedy podcasts):
    • The nominee must have podcast at least 10 (ten) episodes within the eligibility year (unless otherwise specified in the category description).
    • These podcasts are eligible for nomination and judging each year they meet the award qualifications.
  • Non-syndicated podcasts such as, stand-alone fiction stories, video or audio dramas can only be nominated and judged for a single Parsec Award Year. When the broadcast/distribution window of a non-syndicated work extends across two or more Parsec Award Years, the work will be eligible during the year of completion.
  • The fiction nominees must include elements of speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc.)
  • For purposes of award consideration, the submitted sample may be engineered with audio fade-in, fade-out or cross-fades but no additional enhancement to the originally presented work is allowed. Remixing, re-editing or producing of new content for award consideration, except for the introduction disqualifies the nominee.
  • Steering Committee member ineligibility:
    • Members of the Steering Committee do not make the final selection of award winners and are ineligible to receive an award in any year in which they are members of the committee. Podcasts to which they have contributed are eligible for award but the board member must recuse themselves from any involvement in either the nomination or selection process.

Required Sample Durations:

Samples for all categories may include an original 30 second introduction to the podcast and, or materials being submitted. Length of the specific samples should be as follows:

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Short Form)
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 10 minute sample & Full Sample
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 3 sample segments

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 30 Minutes & Full Sample
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 4 sample segments

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 1 hour & Full Sample
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 6 sample segments

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 30 Minutes & Full Sample
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 4 sample segments

Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Long Form)
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 1 hour & Full Sample
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 6 sample segments

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form)
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + sample of up to 30 Minutes
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 4 sample segments

Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form)
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + sample of up to 1 Hour
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 6 sample segments

Best Speculative Fiction Video Story
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 30 Minutes
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 4 sample segments

Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 30 Minutes
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 4 sample segments

Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 10 minutes
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 3 sample segments

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 10 minutes
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 3 sample segments

Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 10 Minutes
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 3 sample segments

Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 10 Minutes
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 3 sample segments

Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 10 Minutes
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 3 sample segments

Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 10 Minutes
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 3 sample segments

Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast
Sample Duration – 30 second introduction + 10 Minutes
Can contain 1 Parsec-specific introduction and up to 3 sample segments