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.

2021 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

DisCon III, the 79th World Science Fiction Convention, announced on April 13, 2021 the finalists for the 2021 Hugo Awards, Astounding Award for Best New Writer, and Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book in a YouTube video hosted by Ulysses Campbell, Malka Older, and Sheree Renée Thomas. The full list of finalists is on the 2021 Hugo Awards page.

There were 1249 valid nominating ballots (1246 electronic and 3 paper) received and counted from the members of the 2020 and 2021 World Science Fiction Conventions for the 2021 Hugo Awards. Voting on the final ballot will open later in April. Due to the postponement of DisCon III from their original date in August to December 15-19, 2021, voting will close on November 19, 2021.

Only DisCon III members will be able to vote on the final ballot and choose the winners for the 2021 Awards. If you are not already a member, you can join the convention through the DisCon III website. You must be at least a supporting member in order to participate in the Hugo Awards.

The 2021 Hugo Award base will be designed by Sebastian Martorana. You can see examples of his work on his website. The 2021 Lodestar Award will once again be designed by Sara Felix, president of the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.

More information about the 2021 Hugo Awards is available on the DisCon III website Hugo Awards page. Questions about the 2021 Hugo Awards process should be directed 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.

2021 Hugo Awards Nominations Closed

Nominations for the 2021 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer closed 19 March 2021 at 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time (UTC -7). The 2021 Hugo Award Administrators are tallying the nominations, confirming potential finalists’ eligibility, and contacting potential finalists in accordance with World Science Fiction Society rules. DisCon III has said that 1246 people submitted nominations and that the convention plans on announcing the final ballot on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.

Direct questions regarding the 2021 Awards to the 2021 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, contact potential finalists, or select finalists or winners. The 2021 Hugo Awards are administered by the Hugo Awards Administration Subcommittee of DisCon III, the 2021 World Science Fiction Convention, and all decisions regarding the eligibility of works and the administration of nominations are exclusively the committee’s responsibility.

2021 Hugo Awards Nominations Open

The nominating period for the 2021 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer opened on January 25 and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT; UTC – 7) on March 19, 2021.

Instructions for accessing the online nominating form have been sent to eligible members via e-mail. 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 by some e-mail systems.

The DisCon III/2021 Worldcon Hugo Awards web page has instructions for accessing the online nominating ballot for the 2021 Hugo Awards and links to PDF versions of the paper nominating ballot.

DisCon III, the 2021 World Science Fiction Convention, will present the 2021 Hugo Awards, which are generally for works first published or appearing in 2020. Any person who was a voting member of at least one of the 2020 or 2021 World Science Fiction Conventions as of 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST; UTC -8) on December 31, 2020 may cast a nominating ballot for the 2021 Awards.

The ballots will also include voting on two other awards administered by the Worldcon. These are the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, presented by the World Science Fiction Society, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, presented by Dell Magazines.

Eligible members of the 2020 and 2021 Worldcons can make up to five nominations in each category. You are not required to nominate in all categories or to fill every nomination blank on the ballot. As the DisCon III website says, “the Hugo Awards are fan-run, fan-given, and fan-supported. We recommend that you nominate whatever works and creators you have personally read or seen that were your favorites from 2020.”

Those people/works with sufficient nominations will move on the the final ballot for the 2021 Hugo Awards, which will be announced later this year after the close of nominations. While members of both the 2020 and 2021 Worldcons can nominate for the 2020 Awards, only members of the 2021 Worldcon are eligible to vote on the final ballot. If you are not yet a member of the 2021 Worldcon, see the DisCon III Membership Page for information about joining the convention.

There are no Retrospective Hugo Awards being presented this year. Retro-Hugo Awards for 1946 were presented in 1996. Retro-Hugo Awards cannot be presented for any year for which Hugo Awards or Retro-Hugo Awards have already been presented.

Please direct any questions about the administration of the 2021 Hugo Awards to the DisCon III 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 Hugo Awards web site is the “journal of record” for the Hugo Awards and acts as a central source of information about the Awards, but we do not actually administer or present the Awards. The 2021 Hugo Awards are administered by the Hugo Awards Administration Subcommittee of DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon, and all decisions regarding the eligibility of works and the administration of nominations are exclusively the committee’s responsibility.

Join Worldcon by December 31, 2020 to be Eligible to Nominate for 2021 Hugo Awards

If you want to nominate works/people for the 2021 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer, you must be a member of either the 2020 Worldcon (CoNZealand) or the 2021 Worldcon (DisCon III) by the end of 2020. (You can of course be a member of both, but you can only nominate once.) If you were a member of CoNZealand (Worldcon 78/Wellington, New Zealand) (supporting or attending, or any other membership class that included voting rights), you are already eligible to nominate. If you were not a member of CoNZealand and are not a member of DisCon III (Worldcon 79/Washington, DC, USA), you must join DisCon III by the end of 2020 as at least a supporting member to be eligible to nominate.

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2020/1945 Hugo Award Final Ballot Open

The final ballot for the 2020 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer and for the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards opened on July 9, 2020. Members of CoNZealand have or will shortly receive an e-mail with the necessary information for voting online. Members can access their ballots via https://members.conzealand.nz by logging in & clicking on “My Memberships.”

A paper copy of the ballot is also available for download from the CoNZealand website, however, due to potential delays to paper mail, we strongly encourage people to vote online if possible.

Voting is open to all supporting and attending members of CoNZealand, the 2020 Worldcon. Per CoNZealand’s announcement, voting will be open until Wednesday 22 July 2020 at 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time (UTC-7)/Thursday, 23 July 2020 at 18:59 New Zealand Standard Time (UTC+12)

2020/1945 Hugo Awards Nominations Closed

Nominations for the 2020 Hugo/Lodestar/Astounding Awards and for the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards closed 13 March 2020 at 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time (02:59 Eastern Daylight Time, 06:59 UTC/Irish Time, and 19:59 14 March 2020 New Zealand Daylight Time). The 2020 Hugo Award Administrators are tallying the nominations, confirming potential finalists’ eligibility, and contacting potential finalists in accordance with World Science Fiction Society rules. Details of CoNZealand’s plans to reveal the finalists will be announced soon.

Direct questions regarding the 2020/1945 Awards to the 2020 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, contact potential finalists, or select finalists or winners. The 2020/1945 Hugo Awards are administered by the Hugo Awards Administration Subcommittee of CoNZealand, and all decisions regarding the eligibility of works and the administration of nominations are exclusively the committee’s responsibility.

2020/1945 Hugo Awards Nominations Open

The nominating period for the 2020 Hugo Awards and 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards is now open. CoNZealand, the 2020 Worldcon, has published a video discussing the opening of nominations.

Instructions for accessing the online nominating form have been sent via e-mail. 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 by some e-mail systems.

The CoNZealand/2020 Worldcon Hugo Awards web page has instructions for accessing the online nominating ballots for the 2020 and 1945 Hugo Awards and links to PDF versions of the paper nominating ballots.

Paper ballots were mailed to those members of CoNZealand who requested paper publications along with the convention’s Progress Report 2.

Nominations will close on 13 March 2020 at 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time (02:59 Eastern Daylight Time, 06:59 UTC/Irish Time, and 19:59 14 March 2020 New Zealand Daylight Time). Paper ballots must be received by mail by 13 March 2020. The six most popular eligible nominees in each category will go forward to the final ballot. The Finalists for the Awards will be announced in early April. The 2020 Hugo Awards Ceremony will be held on Saturday 1 August 2020 at CoNZealand in Wellington, New Zealand. The timing of the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards Ceremony is yet to be announced.

CoNZealand, the 2020 World Science Fiction Convention, will be presenting the 2020 Hugo Awards (generally for works first published or appearing in 2019) as well as the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards (generally for works first published or appearing in 1944). Any person who was a voting member of at least one of the 2019 or 2020 World Science Fiction Conventions as of December 31, 2019 may cast a nominating ballot for the 2020 and 1945 Awards.

The ballots will also include voting on two other awards administered by the Worldcon. These are the Lodestar Award for Young Adult Book, presented by the World Science Fiction Society, and the Astounding Award (formerly known as the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer), presented by Dell Magazines. No retrospective versions of these awards are presented.

Eligible members of the 2019 and 2020 Worldcons can make up to five nominations in each category. You are not required to nominate in all categories or to fill every nomination blank on the ballot. As the announcement from CoNZealand states, “The Hugo Awards are fan-run, fan-given, and fan-supported. We recommend that you nominate whatever works and creators you have personally read or seen that were your favorites from 2019 and 1944.”

While members of both the 2019 and 2020 Worldcons can nominate for the 2020 and 1945 Hugo Awards, only members of the 2020 Worldcon are eligible to vote on the final ballot.

Please direct any questions about the administration of the 2020 and 1945 Hugo Awards to the ConZealand 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 2020/1945 Hugo Awards are administered by the Hugo Awards Administration Subcommittee of CoNZealand, and all decisions regarding the eligibility of works and the administration of nominations are exclusively the committee’s responsibility.

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.