Or, 22 Reasons Why Your Favorite Book/Author Didn't Win (and Someone Else Did)
As in Locus Magazine,
- Book titles are in bold
- Magazine titles are in italics
- Film titles are in bold italics
- TV series or productions are in italics
- "Short fiction titles" and "TV episode titles" are in "double quotes" (or, in the Nominee Indexes, without quotes or formatting)
- Award years. As a matter of policy in this Index, for consistency, the year identifying any particular set of award results is always the year that award was presented, regardless of the dating practices of the organizations presenting those awards. For example, SFWA dates its Nebula Awards to the year prior the year of voting and presentation (though this year is frequently not the year of publication of the nominees, either). In this Index, "2000 Nebula" means the Nebula Awards presented at the banquet held in 2000.
- Publication years. The indicated year of publication of a book or story (in the Nominee Index) is the year of first English language publication, which is not always the year of publication of the edition nominated for a particular award. For example, a novel first published in the UK in 1995, then reprinted in the US in 2000 and nominated for the Nebula in 2001, is still indicated as a 1995 book in this Index.
- Issue Months. Magazine issue dates are indicated by three-letter abbreviations for months (Jan for January, Feb for February) or whole-words for seasons (Winter, Spring). A slash is used to designate a combination date on a single issue (Jul/Aug 2000), while commas are used to indicate multiple issues (Jan,Feb,Mar 1979, e.g. for a magazine serial). Hyphens are avoided as ambiguous, even where used by the source publications.
- Nominee Citations
- Dramatic nominations/nominees
Nomination credits for some types of categories cannot always be consistent in this Index, because some awards credit nominees and others do not. Nominations for best film or dramatic presentation, for instance, usually do not credit nominees, and even when they are listed for information (as on recent Hugo ballots), separate trophies are not handed out to winners in analogy to co-authors. Thus, even when known, creators of dramatic nominations are not indexed here as nominees unless they are specifically credited. Those exceptions include nominees in the Nebula "dramatic presentation" and "dramatic writing" categories, one year of Hugo "dramatic presentation" nominations in which all finalists were episode of Star Trek and so the contest was considered to be between the writers of the respective episodes; and individuals credited in various Saturn Awards categories for creative roles (rather than best film). Note that all dramatic nominations are compiled by title in the Dramatic Works index.
- Magazine nominations/nominees
For magazine nominations the situation is mixed. The Hugo Awards have always listed nominees along with magazine, fanzine, and semiprozine nominations (nominees who are usually editors, but sometimes are better described as publishers or writers, of the designated titles). In these and similar cases, the nominees are included in the Nominee Index. Where nominees are not listed for magazine nominations (as in the Locus Poll), there are no entries in the Nominee Index. All magazine nominations are compiled by magazine title in the Magazine Categories and Sources index.
- Achievement example works
World Fantasy Awards, Balrog Awards, and others have categories for general achievement, where a person is nominated for an ongoing activity (such as editing, or publishing) or sometimes for a particular work (e.g. a nonfiction book), but the nomination is construed as designating the person, not the work. In these cases the nomination lists give the nominee first, with example works in parentheses, but the example works are compiled in Title, Magazine, Publisher, or other indexes as appropriate.