This is the Finalist Voting Ballot for the 2021 Audio Verse Awards.

PLEASE READ THESE INSTRUCTIONS CAREFULLY.

Thank you for taking the time to vote for who you feel is the best in Audio Fiction. As art is subjective we use a preferential voting system to determine the results of these awards. These instructions are to prevent fraudulent voting and abuse. To begin, all voters must be 13 years of age or older, in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

We recommend voting on a desktop over a mobile device, as the form is large and will take longer to load on mobile.
AGAIN, PLEASE VOTE ON DESKTOP IF POSSIBLE.

In addition to the nine (9) questions about yourself, there are fourteen (14) category ranking questions and five (5) additional optional demographic questions. Voting takes place across seven different categories for both new and existing productions in those fourteen questions. These categories include:

  • Production
  • Art
  • Sound Design
  • Voices
  • Music
  • Writing
  • Directing

We require you to rank at least one (1) nominee for each category to ensure fairness for all nominees, even if you are here for one particular show. Half our categories are for new shows, we want people to go check out those new shows, and form an opinion as to their preference when it comes to audio fiction.

We understand you may not be familiar with any nominees in a category. To help with this, we have assembled a showcase of the nominees, submitted by them as a representation of their work during the eligibility period. If you’re not familiar with a nominee in a category, please check the AVA nominee showcase of one that catches your eye.

Once you’ve had a chance to listen, you can return to this page and place your vote, or resume voting using our save and continue feature. If you need to take a break from the form, for any reason, please use the save and continue in the upper-right corner. Please hydrate, eat, rest, spend time with your family, listen to more audio fiction or whatever you need to do. PLEASE. You should receive an email with a link to continue your ballot later. If you haven’t received it, please check your spam folder before reaching out to the AVAs team; we have yet to lose a ballot.

We estimate it will take a minimum of Fourteen (14) minutes to cast your ballot, but your own inner conflict and indecision may adjust that estimation. We recommend voting on a desktop over a mobile device, and try to be free at least thirty (30) minutes, if not more.

Armed with Nominee Showcases and our List of Nominees, we feel that being an informed voter is attainable. You only need to find one show you think is worthy. We have voters who form a Jury that’s listened to every showcase, as juried awards do, but we don’t expect that of you. Given the diversity and vitality of audio fiction, we have no doubt you will find a nominee in each category that you feel is worthy of being given an award, as the people who nominated them felt they were worthy.

There is another round of voting and this round is to narrow the nominees to ten (10) Finalists in each category. By submitting a ballot in this round you agree to be contacted by the awards about the results and the next round of voting opening.

Our voting system uses the Modified Borda count, which you can read more about here. A Modified Borda Count, asks you to rank a number of nominees however you see fit. The number you rank determines how many points your first choice receives. your second that number minus 1, that number minus 2 for my third and so on. Ranking three shows in a category, your first choice receives 3, your second 2, and your third 1, and the rest 0. However, you must rank at least 1 in each category.

If you prefer, you may select more if you wish. In fact, you may rank all nominees in a category if you feel they are worthy of making it to be finalists, in whatever order is your preference. The results of the awards will be decided by whom has the greatest number of preference by people who love audio fiction. 

You may only submit one (1) ballot and further ballot submissions that appear to have been fraudulently submitted may cause ALL of my ballots to be disqualified. To avoid this, upon submission I will be emailed a copy of my ballot so that I have a record of my submission, so I know I have successfully voted.

However, the awards reserve the right to disqualify your ballot if we find evidence of fraudulent duplicates. The awards also reserves the rights to collect any information which would indicate the use of automation, or other tools to submit ballots other than a person sitting there. Yes, this is a large form, but that tells us you are a person taking your time. This information will be reviewed by independently by our three data scientists, who will disqualify ballots in unison.

Voting is open through Sunday, October 17th at 11:59 PM Pacific Time.

Best of luck to all the nominees!

Landon Beall, Adam Blanford, Ali Fuller, Colin J. Kelly, Erin Sellars, and Daniel Whitelaw 

-The Audio Verse Awards team.