Now, I have to clarify right up front that these awards are not formal awards. There will be no actual prizes, money, or statuettes given. There will be no ceremony. And the winners will be chosen by me, based on my own preferences.
This is all just for fun, but it’s a great way to give recognition to some people who really deserve it.
This year, I’d like to open up the process a bit.
To that end, I’d like to ask readers for suggestions. I would like to hear ideas for:
- Award categories. Last year we had three categories: Art, entertainment, or culture story, Story, and Person. I’m probably going to do those same categories this year, but I’d love to hear suggestions for more. Silly and fun categories are very welcome, but no negative categories, please: There will be no “asshole of the year”, no matter how many deserving candidates there are.
- Nominations. Nominations for any category, new or old, are welcome. Please explain why you think someone or something is a worthy nominee.
- Votes. I will be the final word on nominees and winners, but I am very open to being swayed by votes, reasoned arguments, or bribes. (And I’m cheap to bribe, too!)
Also, I’d be happy to consider suggestions for other awards-related stuff, like maybe a lifetime achievement award to someone who’s done a lot of great stuff for secularism, humanism, atheism, and freethought in Canada, over a long period of time. Or maybe a memorial award to honour people who have passed during the year.
And anything else you want to offer would be welcome too! Got an idea for a better design for the award statuette (which, again, is totally imaginary, but I’ll try to make a half-decent render of it with Blender)? By all means, share it! (It’s probably too late to make a new award design this year, but we could certainly use it next year.)
You can make your suggestions, nominations, votes, and bribe offers in the comments, or via the contact form. You can also comment on social media to Canadian Atheist via Twitter (@CanAtheist), Facebook (Canadian Atheist), or even directly at me (firstname.lastname@example.org on OStatus (GNU Social, Mastodon, etc.), or @IndiInTheWired on Twitter). Keep in mind, though that stuff you send via social media may not get noticed (we have a lot of social media accounts spread all over the place, and it’s hard to keep track of them all), so if you are really serious about your suggestion, you should leave a comment on this post or use the contact form.
Again, let me stress that this is all very informal, and for fun. There are no monetary or other prizes at stake, and, let’s be real, there’s really no prestige at stake – winning a Canadian Atheist award is not going to change anyone’s life. So let’s have some fun with it!