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Here at UKBA16 HQ, we have been super busy planning for the awards evening which is set to be filled with bottles of dreams and whizzpops galore. Tickets have been on sale for the last two weeks and we have been overwhelmed with the interest from bloggers and brands alike.

Since the beginning of February our expert industry panalists have been carrying out the important task of critiquing the finalist candidates. We cannot wait to crown the best in industry Blogging at the awards on the 29th April at the Park Plaza, Westminster, London.

We can’t ignore that February is the month of lurve. And Debenhams are helping us get in the mood with their fun filled competitions and posts on their Daily Debrief Blog. Don’t miss gift sharing ideas and delightful choux pastry swan recipes (yes, you read that right, choux pastry swans!), to get you in the mood.

Then there’s the evening to fill. For all those film fanatics, make a date with ODEON. Mix up traditional with a smidge of ‘zombienation’ and see the newly released, Pride + Prejudice + Zombies for the perfect romantic balance.


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tibit co-host #BlogHour | 16.02.16 | 9-10pm

tibs are pocket change for the internet and allow your followers to show their appreciation for great content with a simple click.

This coming Tuesday 16th February at 9.00pm we will be running #BlogHour via Twitter (as always!) and will be joined by co-host tibit.

Find out more about tibit and their engaging questions for the hour via the UKBA16 Blog.




Your Industry. Your Mark.

The digital age is ever changing and so is your industry.

Since the creation of the UK Blog Awards, your voice and opinion has been important to us. If you have not already done so, we would love your input which will take less than two minutes of your time.

Have your say here and complete a short industry questionnaire.



Get to know your Judges..

Amy Rountree is the Social Media Manager for ODEON and UCI cinemas in the UK and Ireland.

Amy loves anything creative, curious and compelling.

Storytelling is a key trend for 2016 and ODEON Cinema’s now have the task in judging the best storytelling Blogs.

View the Storytelling panel.

Charlie Turner has been Editor-in-Chief of the world’s largest car magazine, BBC TopGear, since 2011.

As well as generating monthly magazine content – and regularly securing access to the world’s most important cars – Charlie is responsible for TG’s cross-platform editorial strategy.

View the Automotive panel.

As CEO of Hills Balfour, Amanda leads a dynamic team of over 55 employees, working on key accounts and strategy in the global travel industry.

Hills Balfour are looking forward to welcoming judges and finalists to their offices for a pre awards networking event.

View the Travel panel.


2016 World Fantasy Awards Judges

*Laird Barron 10 Linden LN, Apt 1; Kingston, NY 12401-7867; USA

*Rani Graff 7 Alumim Street; Afeka; Tel Aviv 69690; Israel (DHL or Fedex preferred)

**Elaine Isaak 34 Hardy Road; Bedford, NH 03110-4914; USA

**Kay Kenyon 1219 Orchard Avenue; Wenatchee, WA 98801-1948; USA

***Konrad Walewski Flat 4, 11 Prima Road; London SW9 0NA, UK

(Judging is often easier with hard copies, but those judges marked with an * can accept pdfs; ** can accept mobi; *** both)

February 13, 2016

Dear Colleague:

The judges for the 2016 World Fantasy Awards, for work published in 2015, have now been empanelled. The judges read and consider eligible materials between the date of this letter and June 1, 2016, so it is desirable for them to receive materials between now and June 1, the earlier the better. If, for instance, something is received on May 31 the judges may well have only one day to read it before their deliberations conclude. Anything received after June 1 will receive little or no consideration.

The trophies will be presented to the winners at the convention, to be held Thursday, October 27 through Sunday, October 30, 2016, at the Hyatt Regency, 350 N. High Street; Columbus, OH 43215, USA.

An attending membership through April 14 costs $225, which does not include the Awards Banquet, tickets for which must be purchased separately. Banquet tickets will be available in July. Information and forms can be found on the convention website at The con’s email is:

If you have any materials that you wish to be considered by the panel, please send them directly to the addresses above, and very importantly, please mark all packages as PROMOTIONAL MATERIALS – NOT FOR SALE OR RESALE – NO COMMERCIAL VALUE — WORLD FANTASY AWARDS MATERIALS. Also, please make sure to send a file copy of all materials to my office at the address above so a comprehensive submission list may be kept. This is the how we ensure the judges have received eligible items, and you can be sure that your work has been given fair attention.

Qualifications: All books must have been published in 2015; magazines must have a 2015 cover date; only living authors and editors are eligible.

Fantasy Types: All forms of fantasy are eligible, e.g. epic, dark, contemporary, literary.

Categories: Life Achievement; Best Novel; Best Novella (10,001 to 40,000 words); Best Short Story; Best Anthology; Best Collection; Best Artist; Special Award  Professional; Special Award  Non Professional.

Please note that the nominees in the Life Achievement category will not be released, though the winners will be announced well before the awards banquet.

All questions pertaining to the convention should be directed to the Convention Chair.

Questions concerning eligibility, the judges, and the awards administration may be sent to my attention.

Once again, the World Fantasy Awards Administration and the convention are most pleased to be working with you. With your continued good will and support, we shall successfully uphold the already prestigious reputation of the World Fantasy Awards.

As always, thank you very much for your time, and for your assistance.


Pete Pautz

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