Locus First Novel Award
Locus nominations are presented annually to twenty publishers through a process of nomination by readers of Locus magazine. In 1971, when the first such list was compiled, it was not so much an award as an informal poll designed to predict the outcome of (and clarify the choices for) the Hugo awards.
Complete Locus First Novel Award listing from 1981-2016
Now, the Locus awards, organized by the industry magazine, draw more voters than any other award system. Locus magazine hosts an annual banquet for the publishers and presents a unique plaque to the winners in 2 catagories: Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Readers make up to five ranked nominations per category; votes are tabulated according to the 'Carr' system, awarding a first-place vote 8 points, second-place vote 7 points, etc.