The Golden Duck Awards Committee.
Anyone may suggest a book. A panel of judges picks the winner. A formal ballot using preferential voting is required for the judging process.
The awards are supposedly just for science fiction but the organizers recognize that this is a matter of judgment and merely required that the story be “more science fiction than fantasy”. The categories for older children appear to require a slightly higher standard of scientific plausibility.
Books that are anthologies and collections are eligible, but there is a requirement that at least one of the stories included must be first published in that book. Further guidance is available on the Awards’ web site.
The awards are international. Works first published outside of the USA are allowed two years of eligibility to give the judges (who are generally US-based) extra time to find out about them.
- Picture Book
- Middle Grades (Elenanor Cameron Award)
- Young Adult (Hal Clement Award)
The Committee sometimes adds additional Special Awards.
The award consists of an artistic scroll with the artwork found the web site. This is an image of a Golden Duck, but the reflection is that of a golden rocket.
The award also includes a check for a few hundred US Dollars, to further encourage the authors and illustrators.
Anyone may suggest a book. See the Awards’ web site for contact details.
- Comment from Awards Director: Jan 26, 2009