A relatively new science fiction award has risen from obscurity in the last four years. It is an award that has been given out the last three times to authors from the small press galaxy. It is called the Pluto Award. Why the name? It would seem that after nearly seventy-six years classified as a planet, Pluto would remain so. But in 2006 the IAU (International Astronomy Union) reclassified Pluto as a dwarf planet. The uproar over the reclassification put Pluto in the news for months. The staff of Yellow30 Sci-Fi thought the irony in the whole thing was much like the publishing industry. Small presses are regarded by the major trade industry as “dwarf publishers” and relegate any author from them as outside the sphere of the big names at the “big guys” publishing houses. Therefore, Yellow30 Sci-Fi’s staff thought it appropriate to name it’s award after the planet — Pluto.

So, on November 13, 2010, Yellow30 Sci-Fi announces the nominees for the fourth annual Pluto Award. Three finalists will be announced on December 4, 2010 and on December 18, 2010 the winner will be announced.