There are 20+ days left before the Dragon Awards close for nominations. To recap on the story so far: the Dragon Awards were set up last year in association with the massive commercial pop-culture convention Dragon Con. With multiple sub-genre categories and open voting, they were hailed by many on the hard right of science fiction as an alternative to the Hugo Awards. The final winners had many puppy-aligned books.
Zipping forward to the present. The falling out between various individuals aligned with the Puppy movements over the lack of a “Sad Puppies 5” has led to a specific focus on the failure to produce a list for the Dragon Awards. The question has arisen whether it is even worth bothering to campaign for the Dragon Awards because they will be so big that only the most popular of authors stand a chance.
However, this is an argument singularly lacking in data. No totals were ever released about how many people voted in the Dragon Awards and there is no way of knowing how many people will vote this time. The award is promoted at the Dragon Con site but whether that will translate into many of the attendees participating in the nominations is another question.
Of course, it is the nomination process that will shape the final vote. Fans may be keen to vote in competition pitting their favourite authors against each other but if the nominations are books most fans haven’t heard of…well, that will generate less enthusiasm.
So with little else to go on, I did some directed Google searches. By ‘directed’ I mean picking search terms and time frames and selecting links that fit criteria. The searches included a general search on “Dragon Award”, a search on “nominate me for a Dragon Award” and a search on “vote Dragon Award”. In each case the date range was kept from 1 January 2017 (to avoid last years Dragons) to June 30 (or July 1 or 2 depending on the day I searched). Only links promoting the Awards directly were picked – more general discussion was avoided*, other awards called ‘Dragon’ were avoided (of which there are many)**, and 2016 posts that appeared erroneously were avoided. Posts that appeared in multiple search terms are only included once for the first appearance. Posts from Dragon Con or the Dragon Award sites were not included.
The full list is after the fold. I haven’t tabulated the books recommended or done any other aggregation of the data yet – this is more so that I can do that at a later point. However, the list is mainly centred around Vox Day, Declan Finn and Jon Del Arroz’s various campaigns or related people. What I can’t capture is general, organic nominations from people who just know about the award. However, I hope this list can help us compare the impact of campiagning for the Dragon versus the more organic vote by comparing who gets nominated later in the year.
I may have missed posts obviously, but I got the impression from some 2016 hits that crept in of several places that seemed to have stuff about the 2016 awards but not the 2017 awards. That may imply a decline in interest – or it may not.
The list is given in the relevance order provided by Google per search. I decided to classify posts as:
- General: posts asking people to vote or promoting the award but not listing any works.
- Eligibility: posts by authors or publishers stating what was eligible but not speicifcally recommending how to vote.
- Recommendations: lists or single book recommendations for voting.
April 28, 2017 General
June 06, 2017 Recommendations
April 4, 2017 general
June 12, 2017 general
March 20, 2017 eligibility list
Dragon Awards Are Live
February 6, 2017 Recommendations
May 31, 2017 Recommendation
June 6, 2017 Recommendations
Towers of Earth Eligible for Nomination for 2017 Dragon Award; Nominations Open Until June 24, 2017
May 30, 2017 Recommendation
May 10, 2017 Recommendations
April 11, 2017 Recommendation
June 20, 2017 Recommendation and eligibility
April 26, 2017 Recommendations
Catholic Dragon Award Suggestions
June 20, 2017 Recommendation
January 12, 2017 recommendations
May 30, 2017, recommendations
8 November, 2016 recommendations
2017 Dragon Awards Nominations
April 28, 2017 recommendation
1 May 2017 recommendation
June 25 2017 recommendation
June 23 2017 Recommendation
6 April 2017 Recommendation
June 26, 2017 Recommendations
There maybe additional promotions occuring in eco-systems like Goodreads and Facebook. I only got one Facebook hit from a general search and no Goodreads hits.
[ETA] Others found later:
Using the banner graphic as an image search proved largely unhelpful as the flames they used are a widely used stock image.
I cropped out the flames and searched on the image with just the text elements.
That got me only one new hit:
A repost from Paolinelli’s WordPress blog (below), Recommendations
April 28, 2017 Recommendation
June 4, 2017 Recommendations
December 9, 2016 General
Dragon Awards Opens Voting
6 May, 2017 General
*[…and to be honest ‘more general discussion’ was File 770, links to File 770, Cora’s blog, this blog and a review of last years winners by Doris Sutherland.]
**[…It’s actually a poor name choice as a consequence.]