The Parsec Awards were a set of annual awards created to recognize excellence in science fictionpodcasts and podcast novels. The awards were created by Mur Lafferty,Tracy Hickman and Michael R. Mennenga and awarded by FarPoint Media. They were first presented in 2006 at DragonCon. In 2009 the awards were described as "one of the most recognizable honors in science and fiction podcasting". The awards were given from 2006 to 2018.
Nominations were accepted from the listening public annually in each of the categories. The list was vetted for eligibility by the steering committee, before producers were invited to submit samples of work for consideration by a panel of judges. The panel reduced the list of nominees to five finalists in each category. The finalists' work was submitted for judging and the winner was selected by that panel of authors, podcasters, and others knowledgeable in the field of speculative fiction, podcasting, and/or publishing. Past finalist judges have included Catherine Asaro, Charles de Lint, Cory Doctorow, and Evo Terra.
The awards were last presented in 2018.
This list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (January 2022)
Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form): Growth Spurt by Paul Lorello (from PseudoPod)
Best Speculative Fiction Story Small Cast (Novella Form): Blood and Smoke by Mike Bennett (from Underwood and Flinch)
Best Speculative Fiction Story Small Cast (Long Form): Underwood and Flinch: A Vampire Novel by Mike Bennett
Best Speculative Fiction Story Large Cast (Short Form): Dirty Hands by Niall Kitson (from Seminar: An Original Anthology Show)
Best Speculative Fiction Story Long Form: Fire on the Mound by William J. Meyer
Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form): Tallington by Jon Thrower (from We Are Not Alone)
Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form): We’re Alive: A Story of Survival by Kc Wayland
Best Speculative Fiction Video Story: Once Upon a Time in the 1970s by Chris & Anne Lukeman
Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast: The NoSleep Podcast edited by David Cummings
Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team: Richard Wentworth, Michael McQuilkin, Lisa McQuilkin, and Michael Atkinson of Hadron Gospel Hour
Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific): Cyborgs: A Bionic Podcast hosted by John S. Drew and Paul K. Bisson
Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General): Sword & Laser hosted by Veronica Belmont and Tom Merritt
Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation: StoryWonk Sunday hosted by Lani Diane Rich and Alastair Stephens
Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast: Universe Today’s Guide to Space hosted by Fraser Cain
Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast: DragonConTV hosted by Brian Richardson
Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast: Insufficient submissions
Best Youth Driven Speculative Fiction Podcast: Insufficient submissions
Best Speculative Fiction Story (Short Form): The Tank by Scott Sigler
Best Speculative Fiction Story (Novella Form): Personal Effects: Sword of Blood by J.C. Hutchins
Best Speculative Fiction Story (Long Form): Captain's Share by Nathan Lowell
Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form): The Metamor City Podcast - "Whispers in the Wood" by Chris Lester
Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form): Decoder Ring Theatre by Gregg Taylor
Best Speculative Fiction Video Story: GOLD: Season 1 by David Nett & Andrew R. Deutsch
Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast: The Drabblecast edited by Norm Sherman
Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team: In The Gloaming by Nathaniel Tapley
Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific): The Signal featuring Kari Haley, Kevin Bachelder, Kara Helgren, Les Howard, Jutta Jordans, Dave Tomasic, Andy King, Nick Edwards, Miranda Thomas, Helen Eaton, Anna Snyder, James Parkinson, & Jill Arroway
Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General): Galactic Watercooler featuring Audra, Chuck, & Sean
Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation: Writing Excuses featuring Brandon Sanderson, Dan Wells, Eric James Stone, Howard Tayler, & Stacy Whitman
^Hutton, Christopher (June 19, 2015). "Hall of Famers: Meet the Men and Women Who Changed Podcasting". Paste. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2017. Lafferty was also the editor of EscapePod, a speculative fiction podcast for two years, as well as a cofounder of the Parsec Awards, a DragonCon-centric award show that’s focused on science fiction podcasting.
^Silver, Steven H. (August 6, 2008). "Parsec Awards". SF Site. Archived from the original on January 9, 2009. The nominations for the first Parsec Awards, given for science fiction podcasting, have been announced. The winner will be announced at Dragon*Con, held this year from September 1–4.
^Sloan, Sam (September 6, 2006). "2006 Parsec Awards Winners". Slice of SciFi.
^Foster, Cymbre (December 28, 2007). "Podcasting with a purpose". Traverse City Record-Eagle. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. The Parsec awards, which began in 2006, were dedicated to rewarding excellence in various aspects of Speculative Fiction Podcasting. They were presented at Dragon*con, a popular culture convention with a focus that includes science fiction, fantasy and gaming that is held on Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, GA.
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^"2014 Parsec Awards Winners". Locus. September 2, 2014.
^"2013 Parsec Awards Winners". Locus. September 3, 2013.
^"2012 Parsec Awards Winners". Locus. September 5, 2012.