Past Nova Awards Winners
1973: Speculation #32, ed. Peter Weston (best fanzine). [At this point, the award was decided by a panel of "worthy fans"; also nominated were Peter Roberts’ Egg #6, Arthur Cruttenden’s Idiocy Couchant #2, Ian Maule’s Maya #5, Ian Williams’ Siddhartha #3, Kevin Smith’s Sfinx #7, Dave Sutton’s Shadow #19 and Lisa Conesa’s Zimri #5. The initial judges were Ken Bulmer, Jim Linwood, Phil Rogers and Tony Walsh; Linwood wrote in C#6 that an open vote “would lead to partisan voting, accusations of undue pressure and ballot rigging, and faneds wanting the award might tend to play to the gallery”.]
1974: Zimri #6, ed. Lisa Conesa; Big Scab #2, ed. John Brosnan. [This was the only occasion when the panel opted for a tie. The current rules allow a tie only if the voting patterns are identical.]
1975: Maya #8, ed. Rob Jackson.
1976: Maya, ed. Rob Jackson.
1977: Twll-Ddu, ed. Dave Langford.
1978: Gross Encounters, ed. Alan Dorey.
1979: Seamonsters, ed. Simone Walsh.
1980: One-Off, ed. Dave Bridges.
1981: Tappen, ed. Malcolm Edwards (best fanzine); Chris Atkinson (new award: best fanzine writer); Pete Lyon (new award: best fanzine artist).
1982: Epsilon, ed. Rob Hansen; Chris Atkinson; Rob Hansen. [This was the first occasion one fan received two Novas in the same year. It’s since occurred a further ten times.]
1983: A Cool Head, ed. Dave Bridges; Dave Bridges; Margaret Welbank.
1984: Xyster, ed. Dave Wood; Anne Hammill; D West.
1985: Prevert, ed. John Jarrold; Abi Frost; Ros Calverly.
1986: Pink Fluffy Bedsocks, ed. Owen Whiteoak; Owen Whiteoak; Atom.
1987: Lip, ed. Hazel Ashworth; D West; D West.
1988: Lip, ed. Hazel Ashworth; Michael Ashley; D West.
1989: VSOP, ed. Jan Orys; Simon Polley; Dave Mooring.
1990: FTT*, ed. Joseph Nicholas, Judith Hanna; Dave Langford; Dave Mooring. [*A polite acronym for Fuck The Tories.]
1991: Saliromania, ed. Michael Ashley; Michael Ashley; D West.
1992: Bob?, ed. Ian Sorensen; Michael Ashley, Dave Mooring.
1993: Lagoon, ed. Simon Ounsley; Simon Ounsley; Dave Mooring.
1994: Rastus Johnson’s Cakewalk, ed. Greg Pickersgill; Greg Pickersgill; D West.
1995: Attitude, ed. Michael Abbott, John Dallman and Pam Wells; Simon Ounsley; D West. [Intriguingly, Attitude was intended both as a fanzine and a thematic progress report for the eponymous 1997 convention.]
1996: Banana Wings, ed. Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer; Alison Freebairn; D West. [This year’s "best fanzine" began as two separate titles, which merged after their first issues; Waxen Wings & Banana Skins - later contracted to Banana Wings - carried on the numbering and made its debut with #2.]
1997: Banana Wings, ed. Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer; Mark Plummer; Sue Mason.
1998: Banana Wings, ed. Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer; Maureen Kincaid Speller; D West.
1999: Barmaid, ed. Yvonne Rowse; Yvonne Rowse; Sue Mason.
2000: Plokta, ed. Alison Scott, Steve Davies and Mike Scott; Yvonne Rowse; Sue Mason.
2001: Head, ed. Doug Bell and Christina Lake; Alison Freebairn; Dave Hicks.
2002: Plokta, ed. Alison Scott, Steve Davies and Mike Scott; Claire Brialey; Dave Hicks.
2003: Zoo Nation, ed. Pete Young; Claire Brialey; Sue Mason.
2004: Zoo Nation, ed. Pete Young; Claire Brialey; Sue Mason.
2005: Banana Wings, ed. Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer; Claire Brialey; Alison Scott.
2006: Banana Wings, ed. Claire Brialey and Mark Plummer; Claire Brialey; Sue Mason.