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It's come to my attention that my collection of short fiction and poetry, The Haunted Girl, has been nominated for the Elgin Award, which is given by the Science Fiction Poetry Association for best book of poetry published in a preceding year. I was not informed by SFPA of the nomination. I only learned my book was on their website's list of nominees when voting members requested review copies of the book for consideration.

I am honored by the nomination and grateful to the person(s) who nominated my book. As I understand the rules, however, my book is not actually eligible for this award. The description of the Elgin Awards provided on the SFPA website states, "Books containing fiction as well as poetry are not eligible." Because The Haunted Girl comprises 21 poems and 5 short stories, it would not seem to be eligible. I have notified the Chair of this year's Elgin Awards that I am declining the nomination and I've asked them to remove my book from the list of nominees.

Again, I am very grateful that someone considered my book award-worthy. Thank you. I hope that one of my future collections will be nominated for (and maybe even win!) an Elgin Award.

Date: 2015-08-15 03:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
If only the prize was open to books that have prose as well! I would **love** for your book to win. Congratulations, in any case: I'm glad to see your fans championing it, even if they didn't quite understand the eligibility rules.

Date: 2015-08-15 04:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Congratulations on the nomination. Even if you feel your book doesn't qualify for the award, that says so much that your book was loved enough to be nominated!!!

Date: 2015-08-16 12:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks, Janice. That's exactly how I'm choosing to see the situation.


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