2021 Hugo Award Final Ballot Open

The final ballot for the 2021 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer opened on May 27, 2021. Members of DisCon III have or will shortly receive an e-mail with the necessary information for voting online. Members can access their ballots via the DisCon III Hugo Awards website by logging in & clicking on “My Memberships and Ballots.”

A paper copy of the ballot is also available for download from the DisCon III website. We strongly encourage people to vote online if possible.

Voting is open to all supporting and attending members of DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon. Per DisCon III’s announcement, voting will be open until November 19, 2021, 23:59 Pacific Standard Time (November 20 at 02:59 Eastern Standard Time, 07:59 Greenwich Mean Time/UTC, and 20:59 New Zealand Daylight Time).

The Hugo Awards Voter Packet, containing shortlisted works and samples of finalists’ works, is still being prepared. DisCon III will make a separate announcement when the Hugo Voter Packet is available to members of DisCon III.

Direct questions about the 2021 Hugo Awards process to hugohelp@discon3.org. Please do not submit questions to the Hugo Awards website, as we do not administer the Hugo Awards and can only pass your questions on to the award administrators.

2019/1944 Hugo Award Final Ballot Open

The final ballot for the 2019 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and for the 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards opened on May 11, 2019. Members of Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon have or will shortly receive an e-mail with the necessary information for voting online. A paper copy of the ballot is also available for download from the Dublin 2019 Hugo Awards website.

The e-mail sent to members also includes the information for accessing the Hugo Voter Packet. This download of materials from Hugo Award finalists is supplied free of charge as a courtesy by the creators and publishers of works that are shortlisted for the awards. The purpose of the Hugo Voter Packet is to allow those who are voting on the Hugo Awards to be able to make an informed choice among the nominated works.

Voting is open to all supporting and attending members of Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon. Members can vote online or by using a paper ballot downloaded from the website. (Members who requested paper publications will also receive a paper ballot in a progress report.) Voting will be open through July 31, 2019.

1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards Voter Packet

Worldcon 76 issued the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards Voter Packet on June 26, 2018. The “Retro-Hugo” packet is a collection of finalists (or links to finalists) for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards made available to members of Worldcon 76 to assist them in making informed decisions when voting on this year’s Hugo Awards. The packet is available for download from the Worldcon 76 Hugo Awards website in the “Hugo Voter Packet” section. Members of Worldcon 76 can sign in using their Hugo Award voting credentials that were sent to them when the final Hugo Award ballot was issued.

As with the 2018 Hugo Awards Voter Packet and the ballots for both the 1943 and 2018 Hugo Awards, if you experience difficulty accessing them, confirm that JavaScript is enabled in your browser and be certain that the web address you are accessing begins with https: (not http:).

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2018 Hugo Awards Voter Packet Now Available

Worldcon 76 has issued the 2018 Hugo Awards Voter Packet, a collection of finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards made available to members of Worldcon 76 to assist them in making informed decisions when voting on this year’s Hugo Awards. The packet is available for download from the Worldcon 76 Hugo Awards website in the “Hugo Voter Packet” section. Members of Worldcon 76 can sign in using their Hugo Award voting credentials that were sent to them when the final Hugo Award ballot was issued.

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2018/1943 Hugo Award Final Ballot Open

The final ballot for the 2018 Hugo Awards, WSFS Award for Best Young Adult Book, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards opened on May 3, 2018. Members of Worldcon 76 can vote at the Worldcon 76 Hugo Awards web page. Voting is open to all supporting and attending members of Worldcon 76. Members can vote online or by using a paper ballot downloaded from the website. Voting will be open through July 31, 2018.

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2017 Hugo Voter Packet Available

The 2017 Hugo Voter Packet, a selection of works shortlisted as finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards and made available to all voting members of the 2017 Worldcon, is now available. Worldcon 75 announced in a Facebook post on May 17 that “Messages have gone out to voters, including personalized links and information on how to access the packet. Anyone who has not received it should contact hugohelp@worldcon.fi.”

The announcement also explains that the Hugo Voter Packet “includes many of the works on the final ballot in full, preview versions of others, and work by most of the individuals who are finalists.” Participation in the Hugo Voter Packet is voluntary, and is completely at the discretion of the various rights holders of the nominated works and of the individual finalists. The packet is organized and created by the individual Worldcon committees, and is not a required Worldcon function; however, many recent Worldcons have organized such packages for the benefit of their members to make it easier for them to evaluate the finalists.

The Hugo Voter Packet for 2017 is administered by the 2017 Worldcon, not the Hugo Awards web site. Direct any questions about the packet to hugohelp@worldcon.fi.

Hugo Voter Packets Available

MidAmeriCon II, the 2016 Worldcon, has made available to its members selected Hugo Award finalists in reading packets, so that members can be better-informed voters. See the 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards voting page and the 2016 Hugo Award voting page. for the respective 1941 and 2016 Finalist Packets. In both cases, members will use their online voting information to access the Finalist Packets.

Hugo Finalists Packets are organized by the individual Worldcon committees, and obviously there is no requirement that a shortlisted work appear in the Packet. For questions about this year’s two sets of Finalist Packets, contact MidAmeriCon II. The Hugo Awards web site does not organize the Hugo Voter Packet or the voting on the Hugo Awards.

Voting Open for 2016 Hugo Awards

Voting for the 2016 Hugo Awards, 2016 John W. Campbell Award, and 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards opened on May 15, 2016. Members of the 2016 World Science Fiction Convention (MidAmeriCon II) may vote until 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time on July 31, 2016 using the online ballot available at the 2016 Hugo Awards Voting web page, or by using the paper ballot that will be sent to members and can be downloaded from the MidAmeriCon II web site. Persons who join MidAmeriCon II by July 31, 2016 (the close of voting) are eligible to vote. Members who registered an e-mail address with the 2016 Worldcon will receive instructions including a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for accessing the online ballot.

Finalists for the 2016 Hugo Awards and 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards were selected by nominations received by more than 4,000 members of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Worldcons. Only Attending, Young Adult, and Supporting members of the 2016 Worldcon can vote on the final ballot. The ballot includes the finalists for the Hugo Awards and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (sponsored by the publisher of Analog). The Campbell is not a Hugo Award but is administered and voted upon using the same system as the Hugo Awards and is presented at the Hugo Awards ceremony.

The Hugo Awards Final Ballot uses the “Instant Runoff Voting” (IRV) system. Voters rank their preferences among the nominated works. They mark the work they want to win with a 1, the work they would prefer if their first choice was not on the ballot with a 2, and so forth. Voters need not rank all choices. For more information about how the voting system works, see this page.

A choice of “No Award” is always listed in each category. If this option wins, no Hugo Award is presented in that category for that year.

MidAmeriCon II is preparing a “Hugo Voter Packet.” This is a collection of shortlisted works or excepts of such works provided by the publishers and rights-holders to allow the voters to be better informed about their choices. MidAmeriCon II expects to release the Hugo Voter Packet in late May 2016. The Hugo Voter Packets (both for the 2016 and 1941 Awards) will be available from the 2016 Hugo Awards Voting web page.

The results of the 1941 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be announced on Thursday, August 18, 2016 during the Retro-Hugo Swing Dance/Ceremony at MidAmeriCon II in Kansas City, Missouri. The results of the 2016 Hugo Awards will be announced at a ceremony on the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2016 at MidAmeriCon II. The ceremony is planned to be shown live on streaming video and lower-bandwidth text-only coverage of the event will be provided through the Hugo Awards web site. Details of the live streaming and text-based coverage will be announced in August.

2015 Hugo Voter Packet Available

The 2015 Hugo Voter Packet, containing works nominated as finalists for the 2015 Hugo Awards, is now available for download. Any voting member of Sasquan, the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention, can download the 2015 Hugo Voter Packet. To receive the packet, you must be a member and download the packet no later than 31 July 2015.

This free download of Hugo Award finalists is supplied free of charge as a courtesy by the creators and publishers of works that are nominated for the awards. The purpose of the Hugo Voter Packet is to allow those who are voting on the Hugo Awards to be able to make an informed choice among the nominated works.

All of the short fiction and graphic novels are included in their entirety. The packet contains the full text of three of the novels: The Dark Between the Stars by Kevin J. Anderson, The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison, and The Three Body Problem by Cixin Liu. Skin Game by Jim Butcher and Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie are represented by extensive excerpts. One of the five finalists in the Related Work category is represented by an excerpt: Letters from Gardner, by Lou Antonelli. There is some material in each of the other categories except the two Dramatic Presentation categories. Not all finalists/rights-holders agreed to include their shortlisted work in this packet, nor were they under any obligation to do so. Their participation in the Hugo Voter Packet is entirely voluntary, as is of of course all of the work done by Sasquan’s staff to organize the packet.

Voting on the Hugo Awards is open to all Supporting and Attending (including Young Adult and Military) members of Sasquan, the 2015 Worldcon. More information about voting and a ballot may be found at the 2015 Hugo Award Final Ballot. Voting closes at the end of July 2015. You must have your membership number and Hugo Award Voting PIN to vote electronically, or you can download, print, and mail a 2015 Hugo Award Final Ballot (PDF).

Direct all questions about the 2015 Hugo Voter Packet and the 2015 Hugo Awards to the 2015 Worldcon, not to the Hugo Awards web site. Administration of the 2015 Hugo Awards and organization of the 2015 Hugo Awards is in the hands of the 2015 Worldcon, Sasquan, and is not run by the Hugo Awards web site.