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Nominations open for The Tolkien Society Awards 2021
Winner of the Best Artwork Award 2020: “The Professor” by Jenny Dolfen

The first round of nominations for The Tolkien Society Awards 2021 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 following the AGM on Saturday 10th April 2021.

How it works

The Awards cover the 2020 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 26th February.
  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 2nd April.

Submit your nominations

About the Author: Shaun Gunner
Shaun is the Chair of The Tolkien Society. First elected in 2013, Shaun has overseen the Society's expansion from 600 to 3,500 members. Shaun regularly speaks about adaptations of Tolkien's works and the future of Tolkien scholarship whilst passionately believing the Society needs to reach out to new audiences. In his spare time he can be found playing video games and Lego, or on Twitter. He also chairs another charity, Mankind, and is a local councillor.