I’m as guilty of occasional procrastinating as anyone, so I can understand why some people who plan to attend Bouchercon in Raleigh, North Carolina, this coming October might be holding onto their Anthony Awards ballots a wee bit too long. It is hard to make decisions sometimes, right? And you certainly don’t want to act in haste, only to be left later with regrets. Deliberative thinking about something as important as this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
However, there is a looming deadline: Thursday, April 30.
Anyone who signed up to attend Bouchercon 2014 in Long Beach, or who has registered for Bouchercon 2015 should by now have received--via e-mail--a personal link to an online ballot, inviting you to nominate books and stories in six Anthony Awards categories. If you’re eligible to vote, but have not yet received your ballot, please e-mail B.G. Ritts with your name and the information of whether you were at Long Beach or are registered for the Raleigh convention.
Again, these ballots must be returned electronically in just over three weeks, by the end of April. The top five candidates in each category will be announced after May 1, and the Anthonys will be presented during a ceremony in Raleigh on Saturday, October 10.