Nova Award

In 1973, Novacon instituted the annual Nova Awards to celebrate achievement in British science fiction fanzines. Originally decided by a panel of judges, voting was subsequently extended to all Novacon members who could demonstrate a basic knowledge of current fanzines.

Following Novacon 32, the three categories - best fanzine, best fanzine writer, best fanzine artist - were extended to cover fanzines produced in Ireland. In addition, electronic fanzines are now eligible.

Beginning with the 2011 Nova Awards, voting was extended to all UK / Irish residents who have read at least six qualifying fanzines published during the eligibility period.

The award was suspended in 2015 and no further awards will be presented other than occasional Special Novas.

Year Best Fanzine Notes
1973 Speculation ed. by Peter Weston At this point, the award was decided by a panel of "worthy fans". Also nominated were Peter Roberts' Egg #6, Arthur Cruttenden's Idiocy Couchant #2, Ian Maule's Maya #5, Ian Williams' Siddhartha #3, Kevin Smith's Sfinx #7, Dave Sutton's Shadow #19 and Lisa Conesa's Zimri #5. The initial judges were Ken Bulmer, Jim Linwood, Phil Rogers and Tony Walsh. Linwood wrote in C #6 that an open vote "would lead to partisan voting, accusations of undue pressure and ballot rigging, and faneds wanting the award might tend to play to the gallery".
1974 Zimri ed. by Lisa Conesa and Big Scab ed. by John Brosnan. This was the only occasion when the panel opted for a tie. The current rules allow a tie only if the voting patterns are identical.
1975 Maya ed. by Rob Jackson This was the final year where the award was made to a specific issue of a fanzine.
1976 Maya ed. by Rob Jackson
1977 Twll-Ddu ed. by Dave Langford
1978 Gross Encounters ed. by Alan Dorey
1979 Seamonsters ed. by Simone Walsh
1980 One-Off ed. by Dave Bridges

Starting in 1981, two additional awards were given for Best Fan Writer and Artist.

Year Best Fanzine Best Fan Writer Best Fan Artist Notes
1981 Tappen ed. by Malcolm Edwards Chris Atkinson Pete Lyon
1982 Epsilon ed. by Rob Hansen Chris Atkinson Rob Hansen This was the first occasion one fan received two Novas in the same year.
1983 A Cool Head ed. by Dave Bridges Dave Bridges Margaret Welbank
1984 Xyster ed. by Dave Wood Anne Hammill D West
1985 Prevert ed. by John Jarrold Abi Frost Ros Calverly
1986 Variously named fanzines by Owen Whiteoak Owen Whiteoak Arthur "ATom" Thomson
1987 Lip ed. by Hazel Ashworth D West D West
1988 Lip ed. by Hazel Ashworth Michael Ashley D West
1989 VSOP ed. by Jan Orys Simon Polley Dave Mooring
1990 FTT* ed. by Joseph Nicholas, Judith Hanna Dave Langford Dave Mooring *A polite acronym for Fuck The Tories.
1991 Saliromania ed. by Michael Ashley Michael Ashley D West
1992 Bob? ed. by Ian Sorensen Michael Ashley Dave Mooring
1993 Lagoon ed. by Simon Ounsley Simon Ounsley Dave Mooring
1994 Rastus Johnson's Cakewalk ed. by Greg Pickersgill Greg Pickersgill D West
1995 Attitude ed. by Michael Abbott, John Dallman and Pam Wells Simon Ounsley D West Intriguingly, Attitude was intended both as a fanzine and a thematic progress report for the eponymous 1997 convention.
1996 Banana Wings ed. by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer Alison Freebairn D West This year's "best fanzine" began as two separate titles, which merged after their first issues, Waxen Wings & Banana Skins — later contracted to Banana Wings — carried on the numbering and made its debut with #2.
1997 Banana Wings ed. by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer Mark Plummer Sue Mason
1998 Banana Wings ed. by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer Maureen Kincaid Speller D West
1999 Barmaid ed. by Yvonne Rowse Yvonne Rowse Sue Mason
2000 Plokta ed. by Alison Scott, Steve Davies and Mike Scott Yvonne Rowse Sue Mason
2001 Head ed. by Doug Bell and Christina Lake Alison Freebairn Dave Hicks
2002 Plokta ed. by Alison Scott, Steve Davies and Mike Scott Claire Brialey Dave Hicks
2003 Zoo Nation ed. by Pete Young Claire Brialey Sue Mason
2004 Zoo Nation ed. by Pete Young Claire Brialey Sue Mason
2005 Banana Wings ed. by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer Claire Brialey Alison Scott
2006 Banana Wings ed. by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer Claire Brialey Sue Mason
2007 Prolapse ed. by Peter Weston Mark Plummer Alison Scott Peter Weston was also presented with one of the occasional "best fan" Novas, awarded by the Novacon committee.
2008 Prolapse ed. by Peter Weston Claire Brialey Alison Scott
2009 Banana Wings ed. by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer Claire Brialey Sue Mason
2010 Journey Planet ed. by James Bacon, Claire Brialey, James Bacon and Chris Garcia (with guest editor Pete Young) Mark Plummer Arthur "ATom" Thomson Chris Garcia and Pete Young were the first non-UK/Irish residents to win a Nova, ATom the first person to be awarded one posthumously.
2011 Head ed. by Doug Bell & Christina Lake Claire Brialey Dave Hicks
2012 Banana Wings ed. by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer Mark Plummer Sue Mason & D. West (tie)
2013 Banana Wings ed. by Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer Mike Meara D. West
2014 Vibrator ed. by Graham Charnock Christina Lake D. West