Nebula Awards® Rules|
The Nebula Awards® are voted on, and presented by, active members of the
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of
America, Inc. Founded as the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1965
by Damon Knight, the organization began with a charter membership of
78 writers; it now has over 1,000 members, among them most of the
leading writers of science fiction and fantasy.
Lloyd Biggle, Jr., the SFWA's first secretary-treasurer, originally proposed in 1965 that the organization publish an annual anthology of the best stories of the year. This notion, according to Damon Knight in his introduction to Nebula Award Stories: 1965 (Doubleday, 1966) "rapidly grew into an annual ballot of SFWA's members to choose the best stories, and an annual awards banquet."
Since 1965, the Nebula Awards have been given each year for the best novel,
novella, novelette, and short story eligible for that year's award. An
anthology including the winning pieces of short fiction and several runners-up
is also published every year. The Nebula Awards® Banquet, which takes place
each spring, is attended by many writers and editors and is preceded by
meetings and panel discussions.