The Dragon Awards are fan-voted awards given for excellence in various categories of science fiction, fantasy, and horror novels, movies, television, and games. They are given out annually at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia since 2016.
The Dragon Awards were first presented in 2016, created on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Dragon Con to "recognize excellence in all things Science Fiction and Fantasy." In 2018, 11,000 voters cast a ballot. They are given out annually at Dragon Con in Atlanta, Georgia.
The finalist shortlist for the first Dragon Awards was announced on August 11, 2016, and the winners were announced on September 4 that year.
A unique feature of the Awards is that it runs a diverse set of subgenera.
In 2017, nominated authors Allison Littlewood, John Scalzi, and N.K. Jemisin asked Dragon Con to remove their names from the ballot. John Scalzi then reconsidered and kept his name on the ballot. The coordinators of the Dragon Awards initially refused to remove authors names, then changed their minds after receiving criticism across blogs and science fiction related publications.
The Dragon Awards have been criticized because of the appearance that the awards were created in conjunction with campaigns by the Rabid and Sad Puppies to attack the Hugo Award, giving the impression that Dragon Con as a convention is itself aligned with these campaigns.[unreliable source?] Another concern raised is regarding the opaqueness of the nomination and voting process.
The Dragon Awards website states that they "[reserve] the right to invalidate suspect or questionable ballots without notice," and that "All decisions regarding the voting process and selection of winners shall be made by DRAGON CON in its sole discretion, shall be final, and shall not be subject to challenge or appeal." Language describing the review of nominations does not state that nominations are counted numerically but are "gathered and reviewed to create a final ballot."
Neither counts of nominations nor votes have ever been made public. In its first year, the Dragon Awards lined up with the slate promoted by Vox Day[unreliable source?]
^DONNA DICKENS (7 September 2018). "The Best in Sci-Fi Books This Week (9/7/18)". Geek.com. celebrate the winners of the 2018 Dragon Awards. Among the science-fiction wins were Andy Weir’s Artemis for Best Science Fiction Novel and Brandon Sanderson’s White Sand Volume 1 for Best Graphic Novel.