SFWA Seeking Jurors for the Norton YA Award

Each year the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) presents the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, celebrating the best writing in our genre, for our newest readers. Previous recipients of the award include Holly Black, J.K. Rowling and Terry Pratchett. The award is presented at the Nebula Awards ceremony, which in 2012 will be on May 19, at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia.

In addition to the nominations for the award offered by SFWA members at large, SFWA also fields a Norton jury, which has the option of adding up to three additional works to the ballot, to ensure a wide selection of the best in YA science fiction and fantasy. We are seeking devoted YA readers to participate in this year’s Norton Jury.

Potential jurors should fulfill each of the three following criteria:

1. Be an Active or Lifetime Active member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America;

2. Have a broad knowledge of the young adult science fiction and fantasy field, with a particular knowledge of books released in the 2011 calendar year;

3. Have an ebook reader or the ability to read electronic books through their computers, tablets, cell phones, etc.

Jurors will discuss works and choices through a mailing list. The jury will be empaneled from Late November through the Nebula nomination process, with its service completed shortly before the announcement of the Nebula nominations in February. Members of the jury with eligible books must agree to withdraw their work from consideration by the jury. Those books may still be nominated by the membership at large.

You will read many books!

If you are interested in participating in this year’s Norton jury, please send an e-mail to “jury@stonehut.org” by noon Eastern, Friday, November 18, 2011. We will be making jury selections quickly so be ready to jump right in.

Thank you for your interest!

John Scalzi
President, SFWA

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