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Golden Duck Awards

Presented by

The Golden Duck Awards Committee.

Method

Anyone may suggest a book. A panel of judges picks the winner. A formal ballot using preferential voting is required for the judging process.

Eligibility

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.

Categories

  • Picture Book
  • Middle Grades (Elenanor Cameron Award)
  • Young Adult (Hal Clement Award)

The Committee sometimes adds additional Special Awards.

Winner receives

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.

Submissions method

Anyone may suggest a book. See the Awards’ web site for contact details.

Data Sources

  • Comment from Awards Director: Jan 26, 2009

One Question to “Golden Duck Awards”

  1. on 26 Jan 2009 at 1:45 pmDouglas Drummond

    I’m a Director of the Golden Duck awards. The actual award consists of an artistic scroll with the artwork found on our web site. This is an image of a Golden Duck, but the reflection is that of a golden rocket, which is the logo of the Science Fiction Hugo Awards.

    The award also includes a check for a few hundred US Dollars, to further encourage the authors and illustrators. The monitary award also reminds the publishers that this is a significant award.

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