Dragon Award Ballot Change

After hearing criticism of their decision not to allow authors to withdraw their works from the ballot, the Dragon Awards have announced their decision to honor those requests. Alison Littlewood has removed her name from the ballot for her previously cited reasons. John Scalzi has elected to remain on the ballot to honor the Dragon Award’s decision and the fans who nominated him. Voters who have voted for Littlewood’s work will receive a new ballot. The deadline for voting has also been extended two days.
For more information… (Dragon Awards Statement
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Dragon Refuses Withdrawals

As reported previously Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi have announced their decision to withdraw their works from consideration for the Dragon Awards. Littlewood has now posted a response from Pat Henry, Dragon Con’s President, refusing to remove her novel from the official ballot. Presumably, Scalzi has received a similar notification.
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Dragon Withdrawals

Alison Littlewood and John Scalzi have each announced the withdrawal of their Dragon Award nominated works from the ballot. Littlewood has withdrawn her horror novel The Hidden People, stating ” it has also been brought to my notice that my book has been selected by a voting bloc who are attempting, for reasons of their own, to influence the awards outcome.” Scalzi has withdrawn his science fiction novel The Collapsing Empire because “other finalists are trying to use the book and me as a prop, to advance a manufactured ‘us vs. them’ vote-pumping narrative based on ideology or whatever.”

Ballot noting withdrawals…
Alison Littlewood’s Statement of Withdrawal…
John Scalzi’s Statement of Withdrawal…