Hugo Awards Logo Contest

The Hugo Award Logo Design Contest is now closed.. Do not submit new entries, as we will not consider them. The judges have selected a winner, and we will unveil the winning design at Anticipation, the 2009 World Science Fiction Convention in Montreal, on the night of Sunday, August 9 during the 2009 Hugo Awards Ceremony. The contest announcement and rules below are included for archival purposes.

You can become a part of Worldcon history by designing the official logo for The Hugo Award. Although the rocket atop the Hugo Award has been one of the most visible signs of excellence in science fiction and fantasy for more than fifty years, there has never been an official logo to designate works as Hugo Award nominees or winners. The World Science Fiction Society now aims to change that by soliciting designs for such a logo, with the winning design to be the official logo suitable for use in the publishing and film/television industries.


The designer of the winning entry will receive a $500 cash prize (sponsored by SCIFI), a glass trophy featuring the winning design, a membership to an upcoming Worldcon, signed copies of Neil Gaiman’s Hugo Award-winning novel American Gods and novella Coraline and the collection Fragile Things, including the Hugo Award-winning short story “A Study in Emerald.” The winning designer will also have the right to use the logo and identify him/herself as its creator.

How to Enter

Submit entries by email to Submit all entries as a scalable vector graphic in EPS format, and also as a JPG. See the Submission Guidelines for detailed instructions.

Include in your submission e-mail the name, age, postal address, phone number and email address of the Entrant.

There is no fee to enter the Contest; however, there is a maximum of 3 Entries per Entrant.

Read the Official Rules before submitting entries; in case of any confusion or discrepancies, the Official Rules govern the contest.

Entry Deadline

The deadline for Entries is midnight (one minute after 23:59) on May 31st, 2009, Pacific Daylight Time. (That is 07:00 June 1 UTC.)

We will attempt to acknowledge all entries within one week of receipt; however, we cannot be responsible for entries or responses lost in e-mail.


Entries will be evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of:
Irene Gallo (Art Director at Tor Books and
Neil Gaiman (3 time Hugo Award winning writer)
Chip Kidd (Graphic Designer/Writer/Editor)
Geri Sullivan (Fan & Graphic Design pro)

The judges have been appointed by the World Science Fiction Society’s Hugo Awards Marketing Committee, and the final decision on a winning logo design will be made by the Committee after consultation with the Judging Panel.

Official Rules

See the full list of Official Rules for all conditions and disclaimers.


If you have questions about the rules or other aspects of the contest, leave them as comments below or write to Although we will attempt to answer all questions, we cannot guarantee a reply.