Nominations are accepted from the listening public annually in each of the categories. The list is vetted for eligibility by the steering committee, before producers are invited to submit samples of work for consideration by a panel of judges. The panel reduces the list of nominees to five finalists in each category. The finalists' work is submitted for judging and the winner is selected by that panel of authors, podcasters, and others knowledgeable in the field of speculative fiction, podcasting, and/or publishing. Past finalist judges have included Catherine Asaro, Charles de Lint, Cory Doctorow, and Evo Terra.
(Current for 2013 Nomination Year)
Categories are modified from year to year. This is a list of some past categories:
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast(Short Form)
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Novella Form)
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Small Cast (Long Form)
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Short Form)
Best Speculative Fiction Story: Large Cast (Long Form)
Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Short Form including Independents)
Best Speculative Fiction Audio Drama (Long Form including Independents)
Best Speculative Fiction Video Story Podcast
Best Speculative Fiction Magazine or Anthology Podcast
Best Speculative Fiction Comedy/Parody Podcast
Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (Specific)
Best Speculative Fiction Fan or News Podcast (General)
Best Podcast About Speculative Fiction Content Creation
Best Fact Behind the Fiction Podcast ("Infotainment")
Best New Speculative Fiction Podcaster/Team
Best Speculative Fiction Music Podcast
↑ Hutton, Christopher (June 19, 2015). "Hall of Famers: Meet the Men and Women Who Changed Podcasting". Paste. Archived from the original on June 21, 2015. Retrieved March 23, 2017. Lafferty was also the editor of EscapePod, a speculative fiction podcast for two years, as well as a cofounder of the Parsec Awards, a DragonCon-centric award show that’s focused on science fiction podcasting.
↑ Silver, Steven H. (August 6, 2008). "Parsec Awards". SF Site. Archived from the original on January 9, 2009. The nominations for the first Parsec Awards, given for science fiction podcasting, have been announced. The winner will be announced at Dragon*Con, held this year from September 1–4.
↑ Foster, Cymbre (December 28, 2007). "Podcasting with a purpose". Traverse City Record-Eagle. Archived from the original on September 11, 2012. The Parsec awards, which began in 2006, are dedicated to rewarding excellence in various aspects of Speculative Fiction Podcasting. They are presented at Dragon*con, a popular culture convention with a focus that includes science fiction, fantasy and gaming that is held on Labor Day weekend in Atlanta, GA.