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Nominations open for The Tolkien Society Awards 2020
Winner of the Best Artwork Award 2019: “Durin’s Crown and the Mirrormere” by Ted Nasmith

The first round of nominations for The Tolkien Society Awards 2020 is now open.

The Awards recognise excellence in Tolkien scholarship and fandom, furthering the Society’s long-standing charitable objective to “seek to educate the public in, and promote research into, the life and works of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien CBE“.

This year’s categories are:

  • Best Artwork
  • Best Article
  • Best Book
  • Best Online Content


  • Outstanding Contribution Award

The winners will be announced during the Annual Dinner at the Springmoot and AGM on Saturday 18th April at The Mercure Rougemont Hotel in Exeter.

How it works

The Awards cover the 2019 calendar year; there is no restriction on where books/articles/online content are published/hosted, but they should all be in English. The Best Book Award applies to both an edited book with multiple articles by different authors as well as a book by the same author(s) throughout. The Best Online Content Award does not include artwork and articles published online (as they are eligible for Best Artwork and Best Article respectively) and includes content such as websites and podcasts. The Outstanding Contribution Award recognises individuals who have made important and exceptional contributions to Tolkien scholarship, Tolkien fandom, or the promotion of Tolkien and his works—previous winners are not eligible.

The nominations process consists of two rounds:

  1. During the first round, anyone can submit nominations using the form below. Round one will close on Friday 6th March.
  2. A shortlist will be then be prepared by The Tolkien Society trustees for the second round; please note that the number of nominations will not be taken into account when shortlisting. The second round of voting will be open only to members of The Tolkien Society. Round two will close on Friday 10th April.

Submit your nominations

  • Please use the exact name of the artwork and artist. Must have been published in 2019.
  • Please include reference as to when/where the article was published. Must have been published in 2019.
  • Must have been published in English in 2019.
  • Must have been published in 2019. Excludes artwork and articles published online. Provide a link to the content.
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