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Founded in 2006 by Mur Lafferty, Michael R. Mennenga and Tracy Hickman, the Parsec Awards celebrate the unholy marriage of speculative fiction and podcasting. Each year the ceremony itself is conducted at Dragon*Con with winners picked by an independent panel of judges from a number of finalists chosen by a specialized steering committee. The nominations, however, come straight from the fans themselves.
With categories ranging from the very literary ("Best Speculative Fiction Story") to the technical ("Best Podcast about Speculative Fiction Content Creation") to the distinctly community-centered ("Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast"), the Parsecs cover all the bases with regard to sci-fi, horror and fantasy fiction in podcast form. And this time around they're doing even more with the introduction of the "Best Youth Driven Speculative Fiction Podcast" category.
Last year my own Radio Free Hipster came home with the trophy for "Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast," and it was a pretty huge moment for me. So that being said, please take a few minutes to nominate the 'casts that you think deserve a little attention. Am I gonna ask you to toss my name in the hat again? Sure. I mean, if you feel like it. Of course, if you're short on inspiration I could also recommend a few suitable candidates for both Magazine or Anthology and Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast.
I'm just sayin'.