I didn’t know until recently, but I’m eligible for the John W. Campbell Award for best new science fiction or fantasy writer. It’s given out each year by the World Science Fiction Society (based on votes by their members), the same group that administers the Hugo Award. It’s one of the “big awards,” and was won last year by E. Lily Yu on the strength of her Hugo- and Nebula- and Locus- and World Fantasy-nominated story “The Cartographers Wasps and the Anarchists Bees.” Other winners have included C. J. Cherryh, Orson Scott Card, Ted Chiang, Elizabeth Bear, and John Scalzi, among others—I suspect you’ve heard of few of them.
I don’t entertain any delusions of winning the award, but it’s cool to know that I qualify. It means I’m doing something right. I’ve even made it onto Writertopia’s “official” list of eligible authors, along with a lot of other familiar names—many are fellow members of the Codex writing group. There’s a lot of good and accomplished writers there, with many links to their fiction, so be sure to check out some of speculative fictions newest talent.