Here’s all the fine print and rules. The award process involves four steps: jury selection, recommendation, nomination, and awarding. The process itself should take four months to complete.

November December January February March April May Jury selection Recommendation period Nomination period Awards

Jury Selection

  • Jurors will be chosen from a pool of applicants and invitees and made public.
  • The selection process will be made public and posted by the first of December.
  • Jurors will be chosen by the thirty-first of December.
  • The jury will consist of at least five members, and optionally include the chair of the award.

Recommendation

  • Anyone may submit a recommendation for a non-fiction work, including their own, in any of the award categories through a simple web form.
  • An eligible work must have been published between the January first and December thirty-first of the award year.
  • For entries that span years such as those in the platform, publisher, or channel category, or podcasts and video series, each entry is only eligible to win the category once; after that, it is ineligible for entry.
  • This process will take place from the first of December through the end of February.
  • If a category gains fewer than three recommendations, there will be no award for the category.

Nomination

  • After the recommendation period ends, the collected recommendations are provided to the jury for nomination.
  • Voting takes place through a ranked voting system.
    • Each juror will receive five votes per category, ranked from one to five, where one is best.
    • The juror will nominate their top five picks from the category ranked in order.
    • The juror does not need to use all of their votes, or to vote within a category at all.
    • The jury votes will provide a winner and a runner-up for the category.
    • All jurors will be able to vote on all categories.
    • Jurors will not be able to vote on a category in which they have a nomination.
    • Jurors’ votes will be visible only to them until the nomination process is completed.
  • This process will take place from the first of March to the thirty-first of March. Jurors may not vote on their own works.

Awarding

  • On the first of April in a publicly viewable ceremony, the awards will be presented by a member of the jury or the Hybrid Awards Chair.
  • All ranked nominations will be recognized, with the top ranked nomination winning the category.
  • Ties are allowed.
  • The award for the first year will be a certificate and recognition on Hybrid.

Category Restrictions

All categories require that a work be available in a public fashion (that is, anyone should be able to view, download, purchase, or otherwise access the content, with no limits on who1). Additionally, all categories are open to works created outside the fandom as well as in.

Article category

Wordcount
0-25,000 words.2
Accessibility
Posted publicly or published in a publicly available source (book, magazine, journal, etc). Articles may be posted on a website, self-published, or published through an organization, but must be dated.

Book category

Wordcount
25,000+ words.2
Content
The award should nominate a book, which may be an anthology or a single author book. Either way, the book should have a unifying them revolving around the furry subculture.
Accessibility
Published in a publicly available fashion (hard copy or e-book, purchasable through means accessible to the average book-buyer). Books may be published through a publisher or self-published, but must be dated. E-books may be a single file such as an EPub or PDF file, or may be broken into separate files such as different HTML pages for each chapter.

Video category

Content
The award should nominate a video, a video series, or a movie. There is no restriction on the content of the video (e.g: live action, animated, a lecture, etc.) other than it revolve around the furry subculture.
Accessibility
The video should be accessible in a public fashion and must be dated. There is no restriction placed on distribution mechanism (e.g: YouTube, Vimeo, personal site, DVD, etc.). Videos maybe streaming, downloadable, or on a physical medium.

Audio category

Content
The award should nominate an audio recording such as a podcast, an audio-reading of a non-fiction work, or an audio lecture that revolves around the furry subculture.
Accessibility
The audio work should be accessible in a public fashion and must be dated. There is no restriction placed on distribution mechanism, such as podcast, audiobook distributor, direct download, or physical medium.

Platform, publisher, or channel category

Content
The award should nominate a platform, publisher, or channel that revolves around the furry subculture3.
Accessibility
The platform, publisher, or channel should be accessible in a public fashion. There is no restriction placed on distribution mechanism or medium. There is no date requirement, other than that the platform, publisher, or channel must be active at nomination time.

Other category

Content
The award should nominate a work of non-fiction not otherwise covered. This may include a website, a hypertextual article or resource (which doesn’t fit under the platform category), a game, a comic, etc. The sky’s the limit on this one. However, it should retain a focus on the furry subculture.
Accessibility
The work should be accessible in a public fashion. There is no restriction placed on distribution mechanism, such as a distribution platform like itch.io, a publisher for things such as comics, or a website. The work should be dated, if possible.
  1. Signing up to a website as a requirement to view a nomination doesn’t count as a restriction; by this we mean that cases where only members of a group or organization are allowed to access the resource would be ineligible. 

  2. This is flexible and intended only as a guide, as the distinction between article and book is more a matter of the scope of content: an article (usually) explores a single facet of a single topic, whereas a book is far broader in scope, and may cover several related topics. Longer articles and shorter books will, of course, be considered.  2

  3. This means the bit that does revolve around furry: yes, YouTube is a platform, but Culturally F’ed is the channel that is eligible). For a better example, an issue of Hybrid is eligible as a book (anthology type), an article in that issue is eligible as an article, but Hybrid is eligible as a platform, publisher, or channel.