It has been a couple of months since I last checked on the Dragon Award website. Nothing has changed in the interim. To recap:
- The awards are supposed to open for nominations in November.
- As far as I am aware no announcement for 2019 has been made.
- The register to vote link at the top navigation bar…simply takes you back to the front page.
- A 2017 post saying “Nominations are now live” (in the ‘Recent Posts’ side bar) does have a link to a nomination page.
- That page says “Welcome to the third annual Dragon Awards!” which implies it is last year’s page but…
- …says “Nomination Deadline: July 20, 2019” implying it is this year’s page.
- To nominate using this page you have to agree to the rules of the competition but the “rules” link leads only to the generic Dragon Con page.
- The “Process” page says a qualifying novel is “around 70,000 words long” implying it might be a bit less or a bit more.
- The “?” hover text on the nomination page says a qualifying novel is “at least 70,000 words long” implying it cannot be less but can be any size bigger than that.
This remains the strangest way of promoting an award I have ever seen.
[ETA: There’s an extra outbreak of revisionist Puppy history at Mad Genius Club: https://madgeniusclub.com/2019/02/16/fanhistory/ It’s not substantive enough for a post because it’s a secondhand account of somebody’s else presentation. There’s points were nominations and final votes seem to be being confused but I don’t want to attribute the claim to either the post writer or the original presenter because it’s not clear enough. However, this line stood out: “Dave Doering thinks that the Sad Puppy legacy was good for fandom. They led to the development of a truly descriptive award, the Dragons.” Hmmmm…]