In February 2005, various members of the board, realizing that we have some talented writers and historians around here, discussed the creation of an award recognizing outstanding achievement by members of AlternateHistory.com. The result was the Turtledove Awards, which is given out each year for the best alternate history timelines and fiction posted by members of AH.com over the previous year. The winner receives a web graphic which they can use on their own websites, should they have one.
RobertP6165 took the leading role in creating the award, setting down the various award categories and the rules by which the awards would be given. Scarecrow suggested calling the award the “Turtledove” and created a prototype award graphic which was universally admired. This graphic was later modified by RobertP6165 to become the final version of the award given to winners. An entirely new award plaque graphic has come into use since late 2011, designed by Pischinovski.
For the first three years (2005-2007), RobertP6165 served as moderator of the Awards, posting the nominations threads and the polls by which members voted. In 2008, he turned over these duties to Glen, who then relinquished his role to SargentHawk in 2017. As part of another modernisation effort, SargentHawk also designed a new set of more customised award plaques.
Turtledove Award Winners by Category - Currently being reworked to contain more up-to-date information.