The Nova Awards are presented annually at the UK science fiction convention Novacon and recognise achievement in British and Irish sf fanzines.
When initiated in 1973, a panel of sf fans named the best fanzine that year. Subsequently, voting has been opened up to all members of the convention able to demonstrate a basic familiarity with the field; in addition, Novas were also presented to the best fanzine writer and best fanzine artist. In 2011, the poll was opened up to all British and Irish sf fans able to meet the 'familiarity' criterion.
Past administrators have included Dave Langford, Pam Wells, Paul Vincent, Martin Tudor, Sandra Bond and Tony Berry. In 2009, Steve Green stepped down after seven years in post, and Tudor resumed the reins; unfortunately, Tudor was unable to see the year out and Green returned to run the 2010 Novas.
Following a debate at Novacon 39 and follow-up discussions at Novacon 40, the rules were changed in 2011 to allow voting by non-Novacon members resident in the UK and Eire.
In March 2015, Novacon 45 announced the main categories were being retired, although occasional 'committee awards' might still be made.
- 1973: Speculation #32, ed. Peter Weston
- 1974: Zimri #6, ed. Lisa Conesa; Big Scab #2, ed. John Brosnan (draw)
- 1975: Maya #8, ed. Rob Jackson
- 1976: Maya, ed. Rob Jackson
- 1977: Twll-Ddu, ed. Dave Langford
- 1978: Gross Encounters, ed. Alan Dorey
- 1979: Seamonsters, ed. Simone Walsh
- 1980: One-Off, ed. Dave Bridges
- 1981: Tappen, ed. Malcolm Edwards (best fanzine); Chris Atkinson (best fanzine writer); Pete Lyon (best fanzine artist)
- 1982: Epsilon, ed. Rob Hansen; Chris Atkinson; Rob Hansen
- 1983: A Cool Head, ed. Dave Bridges; Dave Bridges; Margaret Welbank
- 1984: Xyster, ed. Dave Wood; Anne Hammill; D West
- 1985: Prevert, ed. John Jarrold; Abi Frost; Ros Calverly
- 1986: Pink Fluffy Bedsocks, ed. Owen Whiteoak; Owen Whiteoak; Arthur Thomson (ATom)
- 1987: Lip, ed. Hazel Ashworth; D West; D West
- 1988: Lip, ed. Hazel Ashworth; Michael Ashley; D West
- 1989: VSOP, ed. Jan Orys; Simon Polley; Dave Mooring
- 1990: Fuck the Tories, ed. Joseph Nicholas, Judith Hanna; Dave Langford; Dave Mooring
- 1991: Saliromania, ed. Michael Ashley; Michael Ashley; D West
- 1992: Bob?, ed. Ian Sorensen; Michael Ashley; Dave Mooring
- 1993: Lagoon, ed. Simon Ounsley; Simon Ounsley; Dave Mooring
- 1994: Rastus Johnson’s Cakewalk, ed. Greg Pickersgill; Greg Pickersgill; D West
- 1995: Attitude, ed. Michael Abbott, John Dallman, Pam Wells; Simon Ounsley; D West
- 1996: Banana Wings, ed. Claire Brialey, Mark Plummer; Alison Freebairn; D West
- 1997: Banana Wings, ed. Claire Brialey, Mark Plummer; Mark Plummer; Sue Mason
- 1998: Banana Wings, ed. Claire Brialey, Mark Plummer; Maureen Kincaid Speller; D West
- 1999: Barmaid, ed. Yvonne Rowse; Yvonne Rowse; Sue Mason
- 2000: Plokta, ed. Alison Scott, Steve Davies, Mike Scott; Yvonne Rowse; Sue Mason
- 2001: Head, ed. Doug Bell, Christina Lake; Alison Freebairn; Dave Hicks
- 2002: Plokta, ed. Alison Scott, Steve Davies, Mike Scott; Claire Brialey; Dave Hicks
- 2003: Zoo Nation, ed. Pete Young; Claire Brialey; Sue Mason
- 2004: Zoo Nation, ed. Pete Young; Claire Brialey; Sue Mason
- 2005: Banana Wings, ed. Claire Brialey, Mark Plummer; Claire Brialey; Alison Scott
- 2006: Banana Wings, ed. Claire Brialey, Mark Plummer; Claire Brialey; Sue Mason
- 2007: Prolapse, ed. Peter Weston; Mark Plummer; Alison Scott
- 2008: Prolapse, ed. Peter Weston; Claire Brialey; Alison Scott
- 2009: Banana Wings, eds. Claire Brialey, Mark Plummer; Claire Brialey; Sue Mason
- 2010: Journey Planet, eds. Christopher J Garcia, James Bacon, Claire Brialey; Mark Plummer; Arthur "ATom" Thomson (the first Nova Award ever won posthumously).
- 2011: Head, ed. Doug Bell, Christina Lake; Claire Brialey; Dave Hicks
- 2012: Banana Wings, eds. Claire Brialey, Mark Plummer; Mark Plummer (fanwriter); Sue Mason and D. West were tied (fanartist)
- 2013: Banana Wings, eds. Claire Brialey, Mark Plummer; Mike Meara (fanwriter); D. West (fanartist)
- 2014: Vibrator, ed. Graham Charnock; Christina Lake (fanwriter); D. West (fanartist)