Q: Can the awards staff be nominated and if so, how can that be fair?
A: For the 2016 awards we're not doing a "pare down" which means all nominations make it to the ballot. All votes are then tabulated and the winners are announced. We do this with an online ballot company and then the honor system and hope, by now, you've come to trust us.
Q: Can you explain a little more about the date rule for fic nominations?
A: Sure! Fics must be published January 1, 2011 or later in order to be nominated in the regular fic category (that means the original publish date, not the last update date). Any works published before January 1, 2011 should be nominated in the Hall of Fame Category.
Q: Who gets emails from the committee and when?
A: Nominators get emails only if their nominations are rejected by the committee (in September) or by the nominee (in October). And nominees get emails in October when we write to notify them of their nominations and find out which ones they'd like to accept.
Q: If my nomination is rejected can I make another in its place?
A: Yes, so long as your nomination was rejected during the nomination period (during the month of September). If your nomination was rejected by the nominee in August, then it cannot be replaced.
The committee reserves the right to amend or add rules during the nomination period if ambiguous situations arise or if amendments or additions are deemed otherwise necessary. Efforts to notify participants will be taken.