In 2003, we introduced the Paula Wilshe Award for New Writers in SH.
This award honors Paula Wilshe, who passed away on July 22, 2003 and has
been greatly missed. Paula loved to encourage new writers in the fandom,
so this is one small way of remembering her and celebrating our writers.
We gave this award for the first time at Zcon 2003 when Kaye Austin
Michaels won it, and again at Sharecon 2004 when it went to Jat Sapphire
and Dana Austin Marsh in a tie. Once a writer wins this award, they are
no longer eligible for future Wilshe awards.
Any writer who has had Starsky & Hutch fanfic (gen or slash) published
for the first time (in a zine or on the internet) between January, 2000
and September, 2005 is eligible to be nominated. It is perfectly
acceptable for a writer to nominate herself.
That's a five-year span. Why five years? -- considering how fast people
get into and out of fandoms today, it's likely some nominees might
already be out of the fandom. After a lot of input and discussion we
settled on 5 years to give folks who have been working at their writing
for a while to get some acknowledgment. Even if they ended up getting
into another fandom a few years ago, we're still enjoying what they
produced for us in their SH years. And typically, fans that haven't been
in the fandom for decades compete for other awards, like the Huggies,
with much better-known and better-established writers. Very few new
writers break into those established awards, which isn't very
encouraging. And the primary purpose of the Paula Wilshe award is to
*encourage* writers -- something Paula was known for. By giving the
award every year at Zcon and Sharecon, it means writers in this time
bracket have a few years to compete for it, leveling the playing field a
Not sure if your favorite writer is eligible within the time span -- ask
You can send the nominations to me directly at:
or to my partner, who's helping me with the bookkeeping on this; that's
Please put "Paula Wilshe Award" in the subject line.
We will respond to your nomination with an email that acknowledges that
we've received it. If you have sent it a nomination and haven't heard
back from one of us, send it again. We appreciate it.
If at all possible, when sending nominations, please include the
writer's email address, so we can verify their eligibility, and where
they were published (if on the internet, try to send the url, the list
name, whatever). If you don't have a clue, that's okay, it won't
disqualify your nominee, but it will make our work harder. You can send
in as many writers for nominations that you want. The top 10 nominees
will be listed for the vote.
The winning writer will be announced at ZebraCon at the main party on
Saturday night, so the announcement will be part of the con's main
event. The winner will not have to be there to receive the award
(another reason for the email address, so we can contact the winner!).
We will be taking nominations until October 4 -- that gives you around
10 days I think. I'll be posting the top 10 nominees on October 5th (I
hope). Voting will continue until October 15, the drop-dead date for
final voting. Winners will be announced at the con, and will be
announced on line when we get back from the con.
Deadlines are good. I keep telling myself that.