Frequently Asked Questions

Does work need to have been reviewed in Sabotage Reviews to be eligible?

Nope! All work, whether reviewed or not is eligible. We try, as much as possible, to review all the works that do become shortlisted (or come to our attention through nominations).

How do I submit my book/author?

Nominate them! Encourage your friends to nominate them too! Nominations will open 9-31st March.

Why do I have to nominate in three categories for my vote to count?

This is to discourage people from just voting for their friend. If you are at all into literature, it shouldn’t be too hard to think of other things you like too… i.e if you like spoken word, then you can nominate in the Best Regular Spoken Word Night, Best Spoken Word Show, and Best Spoken Word Performer quite easily.

Do we all get free alcohol?

Just the winners, sorry. Ask them nicely though, they might share!

Can I help out?

Yes please! Drop Charley an email at [email protected] to get involved.

Is the Best Magazine category open to online magazines?

Yes! It welcomes magazines in any format. And rolling publication for several months is an equivalent to our three issues rule.

Is international work eligible?

Yes, it can be from anywhere. However, we require that 1) you can attend the awards or have a representative attend for you, should you be shortlisted and 2) that the work is either in English or is translated in English (the whole text/work does not need to be fully in English).

Is there a dress code?

Absolutely not. You are welcome to come how you’re comfortable (within reason). The Saboteur Awards is a land-mark event in the literary calendar, but we want people to feel at ease over the course of the evening.

Do we need to buy tickets beforehand?

You do. Tickets will not be available on the door for any of our events so if you are planning to attend then you need to head over to our Event Brite page to purchase the appropriate tickets. You can find the page by clicking here.

Are there concession tickets available?

There are concession tickets available for acts that have been shortlisted for a Saboteur Award. Unfortunately, these are the only concessions we are able to provide this year.

Where are the awards based this year?

For 2019 we will be in Birmingham City Centre. Our day-time event will take place at Impact Hub Birmingham while our evening event – the awards themselves – will take place at Fazeley Studios.

If you are travelling in Birmingham New Street / Grand Central then Impact Hub Birmingham is a 10-15 minute walk away from the station:

If you are only joining us for our evening event, Fazeley Studios is also a 15-20 minute walk away from Birmingham New Street Station: