The Sydney J. Bounds Award For Best Newcomer is given annually by the British Fantasy Society as part of the British Fantasy Awards, and recognizes a new fiction writer based on one or more specific works. From 1988 to 1995, it was called the Icarus Award; in 2007 and 2008, it was the Best Newcomer Award. These earlier versions of the award went to individuals, without singling out specific work(s) as the basis for the decision. In 2009, the award was renamed to honor longtime BFS member Sydney J. Bounds.
This award is sponsored and funded by the estate of Sydney J. Bounds, and the winner receives a cheque for £100. The winner is decided by a special panel of readers appointed by the BFS, which includes representatives from the Bounds estate and the BFS.
Many genre experts see this award as the British equivalent of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the United States.
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