Last week, an interview with BCB radio prompted a discussion among the committee about eligibility that we’ve chewed over for a few days.
See, we’d all implicitly agreed that none of the committee members or judges would have nominated work (it always looks a bit cheeky, to be honest) but we hadn’t ever written it down.
Correcting that was easy. No works created in whole or mainly by a member of the judging panel or committee will be eligible for a BCA nomination.
But what about anthologies?
As an editor of one myself (Paper Science) I’d assumed that it would be ‘my’ work, and would fall under the rule above. But other anthologies published in the past year feature very small stories by creators either on the committee or that we’re approaching to be judges. And when that might mean they’ve contributed 3 pages out of 150 or so, something didn’t seem quite right.
So we’ve settled on another one. No anthologies edited or curated by a member of the judging panel or committee will be eligible for a BCA nomination.
It seems the fairest way to halt any accusations of nepotism while also being open to the huge variety of anthologies produced by our tight-knit comics community here on Blighty.
Obviously we’ll see how that works out as time goes on; the ‘rules’ about nominations will have to evolve over time, as new ways of producing comics develop and surprise us.
We’ll be as open as we can be about that – without spoiling the nominations – right here.