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.
The award was suspended in 2015 and no further awards will be presented other than occasional Special Novas.
|1973||Speculation #32 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 #6 ed. by Lisa Conesa and Big Scab #2 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 #8 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.
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