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.)
Prior to this year, the deadline for joining to be eligible to nominate for the Hugo Awards was the end of January of the year in which those Hugo Awards were to be presented. Per a change in WSFS rules first passed in 2016 in Kansas City and ratified in 2017 in Helsinki, that deadline was moved up one month to the end of the previous calendar year.
Note that 2018 is the final year in which members of the following year’s Worldcon will be eligible to nominate in the current year’s Hugo Awards. A rule change ratified in 2017 in Helsinki and effective in 2019 limits nominating to only the current and previous year’s members.
The full rules for the Hugo Awards, including any changes that first take effect for 2018, are in the 2017-2018 WSFS Constitution. In case of any discrepancy between what is on our web site or that of any Worldcon, the WSFS Constitution takes priority.