About

 

Mur Lafferty, Michael R. Mennenga & Tracy Hickman founded The Parsec Awards in 2006 to celebrate Speculative Fiction Podcasting, under the banner of Farpoint Media.

Podcast shows are nominated by fans, and finalists are chosen by a yearly steering committee. Those finalists are then voted on by an independent panel of judges from outside of podcasting. Awards are given in several categories ranging from content to audio quality.

2013 BOARD OF ADVISORS

The Board of Advisors help the Steering Committee make major decisions. They consist of the three founders of the Parsecs, and the current Parsec Awards president (appointed by the advisors).
Michael R. Mennenga, Founder
Mur Lafferty, Founder
Tracy Hickman, Founder
Laura Burns, 2013 President

STEERING COMMITTEE

The Steering Committee is the heart of the Parsec Awards. From maintaining the website to coordinating the event, everything funnels through these people. If you have submitted your podcast, you have probably talked with one or more of these people, and they have all heard your submissions!Laura Burns, 2009-2013
Gary Lindros, 2009-
Susie Murph, 2009-
Anna Creech 2010-
Barry Biddlecomb, 2011-
Bruce Press, 2011-
Natalie Metzger, 2014
Stuart Jaffe, 2014-

HOW ARE THE FINALIST PODCASTS SELECTED?

Podcasts were nominated by listeners and then evaluated by that year’s Parsec Awards Steering Committee and volunteer assistants. The finalists’ audio or video sample showcasing the best of their podcasts were then submitted to a group of independent finalist judges. See the Rules section for more detailed information

HOW WERE THE WINNERS DETERMINED?

The finalist judges looked for excellence in audio/video quality, production, presentation, and sheer entertainment value. They weighed the nominees on a scale of 10 to 1 point, 10 being the best. The results were tallied, adding together all of the points, and the podcast with the most in each category was the winner.

THAT PODCAST WON A PARSEC? WHAT WERE THE JUDGES THINKING?

The decision of the judges is final, and if you don’t like the way we put it together, then feel free to volunteer to help out on the awards next year. While not all of the judges worked in all categories, the judges who made the final determination are completely independent of the Steering Committee.