2018/1943 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards, Award for Best Young Adult Book, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards were announced at simultaneous events held in San Jose, California, at Norwescon 41 in SeaTac, Washington, and at Follycon, the 68th British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon).

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2018/1943 Hugo Award Finalists to be Announced March 31

Finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards, Award for Best Young Adult Book, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be announced at simultaneous events starting at 12 Noon, Pacific Daylight Time on March 31, 2018, followed by an online video announcement on the Worldcon 76 web site and the Worldcon Events YouTube channel.

Live announcements will take place at the following venues:

  • 7 Stars Bar & Grill, 398 S. Bascom Ave, San Jose, California, Noon Pacific Daylight Time (This event is open to the public.)
  • Follycon, the 69th British National SF Convention (Eastercon), Majestic Hotel in Harrogate, UK, 8 PM British Summer Time
  • Norwescon 41, SeaTac, Washington, Noon Pacific Daylight Time

In addition to the live announcement at Eastercon, Follycon has scheduled an “Instant Reaction” panel at 9 PM BST following the announcement.

Approximately one hour following the live announcements, a video presentation of the finalists will be posted on the Worldcon 76 web site and on the Worldcon Events YouTube channel.

For additional information about the Hugo Finalist Announcement Event, including press contact information, see the announcement from Worldcon 76.

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2018/1943 Hugo Awards Nominations Closed

Nominations for the 2018 Hugo/Best YA Book/John W. Campbell Award and for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards have closed. The Administrators are tallying the nominations, confirming potential finalists’ eligibility, and contacting potential finalists in accordance with World Science Fiction Society rules. Worldcon 76 currently plans to announce the finalist shortlists on March 31. Details of their plans will be announced soon.

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PDFs of 2018/1943 Nominating Ballots Published

Worldcon 76 has published PDFs of the paper nominating ballots for the 2018 Hugo Awards/Award for Best Young Adult Book/John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards.

Ballots must be received at the administrator’s mailing address (not the convention’s main mailing address) by Friday, March 17, 2018. Postmark date does not count.

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2017 Hugo Awards Ceremony Video Posted

Worldcon 75 Helsinki was unable to live-stream the 2017 Hugo Awards ceremony as originally planned due to technical difficulties, but has published a recording of the ceremony on their YouTube channel. The recording omits approximately the first fifteen minutes of the ceremony, including the presentation of Best Fan Artist, and begins with the presentation of Best Fan Writer.

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2018/1943 Hugo Awards Nominations Open

The nominating period for the 2018 Hugo Awards and 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards is now open, according to an announcement from Worldcon 76 San José. The convention also announced that John Picacio will host the 2018 Hugo Awards ceremony at Worldcon 76.

Instructions for accessing the online nominating form will be sent via e-mail, according to Dave McCarty, Hugo Administrator for Worldcon 76. Check your junk e-mail/spam/promotions folders in your e-mail client for this e-mail if you did not receive it. Despite the convention’s efforts, voter information notification messages may be flagged as spam.

The Worldcon 76 Hugo Awards web page has the links to the online nominating ballots for the 2018 and 1943 Hugo Awards, as well as to the page where you can request an online voting PIN if you have not received it.

Paper ballots will be mailed to those members of Worldcon 76 who requested paper publications along with the convention’s Progress Report 2, currently in production. PDFs of the paper ballots are also available from Worldcon 76’s Hugo Awards page.

Nominations will close at 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, March 16 (06:59 UTC on Saturday, March 17), 2018. Online nominations will be closed at that time. Paper nominating ballots must be received (postmark dates do not count) by the Hugo Administrator by that time.

Worldcon 76 San José will be presenting the 2018 Hugo Awards (generally for works first published or appearing in 2017) as well as the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards (generally for works first published or appearing in 1942). Any person who was a voting member of at least one of the 2017, 2018, or 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions as of December 31, 2017 may cast nominating ballots for the 2018 and 1943 Awards.

Direct any questions about the administration of the 2018 and 1943 Hugo Awards to the Worldcon 76 Hugo Award Administrators, not to the Hugo Awards web site. The Hugo Awards web site team does not administer the elections for the Hugo Awards, nor do we make eligibility rulings. The 2018/1943 Hugo Awards are administered by the Hugo Awards Administration Subcommittee of Worldcon 76 San José, and all decisions regarding the eligibility of works and the administration of nominations are exclusively the committee’s responsibility.

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2018/1943 Hugo Award Nominations Opening Soon

Worldcon 76 San Jose advises us that they will open nominations for the 2018 Hugo Awards and 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards within the next few days. They have been working with Worldcon 75 Helsinki and Worldcon 2018 Dublin to coordinate the combined membership information from all three Worldcons, and to do so within the limitations of the three countries’ data-protection laws. When testing of the online nomination form is complete, Worldcon 76 San Jose will release it on the Worldcon 76 web site and make an announcement. We’ll also announce the start of nominations here on The Hugo Awards web site. Paper ballots will also be distributed with Worldcon 76 Progress Report 2, which we understand is going to press in a few days and should mail to members of Worldcon 76 in February. Besides the online form, a PDF of the paper form will be available from Worldcon 76’s web site when it is ready for release.

Members of the 2017 (Helsinki), 2018 (San Jose) and 2019 (Dublin) Worldcons as of December 31, 2017 are eligible to make nominations for the 2018 Hugo Awards (for works first published or appearing in 2017) and 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards (for works first published or appearing in 1942). If you are a member of more than one of those three conventions, you can still only cast one nominating ballot. Eligible members will be able to vote online at the Worldcon 76 web site or via paper ballot. The six highest-ranking nominees in each category will form the shortlist of finalists and will appear on the final ballot to be announced later this year. Only members of Worldcon 76 San Jose who join before the final ballot deadline (which is yet to be announced) will be eligible to vote on the final ballot.

Each Worldcon committee is a legally separate entity; therefore, the sharing of information between Worldcon committees is subject to any restrictions imposed by local law, which of course supersedes any requirements of the WSFS Constitution.

This is the final year that members of the subsequent year’s Worldcon are eligible to nominate on the current Hugo Awards. A change ratified in Helsinki and first effective with the 2019 Worldcon limits nominating to members of the current and previous Worldcon as of the end of the previous calendar year.

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Membership Deadline for Nominating in 2018 Hugo Awards is December 31, 2017

If you want to nominate for the 2018 Hugo Awards, you must be at least a supporting member of one of these Worldcons by December 31, 2017:

  • Worldcon 75 Helsinki
  • Worldcon 76 San José
  • Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon

Persons who are supporting or attending members (or any other membership class that includes WSFS voting rights) of any of the 2016-2018 Worldcons as of December 31, 2017 will be eligible to nominate in the 2018 Hugo Awards. You do not need to be an attending member of any of these conventions to nominate, only a supporting member.

Nominating for the 2018 Hugo Awards will open in early 2018. The December 31, 2017 deadline is the deadline for joining one of the relevant Worldcons to be eligible to nominate. When nominations for the 2018 Hugo Awards open, we will post an announcement here. We also expect the relevant Worldcons to also make announcements at that time. If you are a member of the 2017, 2018, or 2019 Worldcons as of December 31, 2017, you are eligible to nominate for the 2018 Hugo Awards when nominations open in early 2018.

If you were not a member of Worldcon 75 and still want to nominate for the 2018 Hugo Awards, join Worldcon 76 San José or Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon by December 31, 2017 to be eligible to nominate. Note that joining Dublin makes you eligible to nominate for the 2018 Hugo Awards, but not to vote on the final ballot.

The December 31 deadline applies only to nominating. To vote on the final ballot, you must be a member of Worldcon 75 San José. The deadline for joining to be eligible to vote on the final ballot is the close of voting on the final ballot. (The final ballot deadline has not yet been announced.)
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2018, 2019 Worldcons to Present Retrospective Hugo Awards

The 2018 and 2019 Worldcons will present Retrospective Hugo Awards for the years 1943 and 1944, the two conventions announced jointly at SMOFCon 35, the annual SF/F conrunners convention, in Boston on December 2, 2017.

Worldcon 76 in San José will present the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards for works first published/appearing in 1942. Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon will present the 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards for works first published/appearing in 1943.

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1951 Retro-Hugo Award Page Updated

We have updated the 1951 Retro-Hugo Award history page by adding the nominating and final ballot statistics for that year. We thank Mike Glyer for providing us with a copy of the detailed nominating and final results of the 1951 Retrospective Hugo Awards, presented at the 2001 Worldcon.

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