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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1989 Hugo Award Page Updated

We have updated the 1989 Hugo Award history page by adding the nominating and final ballot statistics for that year. In addition, we have added the results for the 1989 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, which had been inadvertently omitted from the 1989 results. We thank Jo Van Ekeren for reconstructing the detail reports from contemporaneous accounts of the 1989 Hugo Awards and for pointing out the omission of the 1989 Campbell Award results.

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1956 Hugo Award Page Updated

Thanks to new information coming to light, we have updated the 1956 Hugo Award history page with the finalists that appeared on the ballot that year. We thank Olav Rokne for bringing to our attention an article on page 15 of the 1956 Worldcon Progress Report 3 that included the names of the finalists along with voting instructions.

Note that the order in which the finalists are listed is the same order that they appeared in the progress report and does not imply order of finish on final ballot. According to the article, the final ballot included space for write-in candidates. In Best Professional Magazine, no finalists were listed at all, so all votes were write-ins.

Voting rules in 1956 were significantly different from those currently in use. The shortlist was not formed based on an initial poll as is done today, but apparently by the convention committee. Should we obtain additional information about the detailed voting for this or any other year, we will add it to the relevant history page.

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2017 Hugo Awards Announced

The 75th World Science Fiction Convention announced the winners of the 2017 Hugo Awards at a ceremony on the evening of Friday, August 11, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland. The ceremony was hosted by Toastmistress Karen Lord


The Obelisk Gate, by N. K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)


Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire ( publishing)


“The Tomato Thief”, by Ursula Vernon (Apex Magazine, January 2016)


“Seasons of Glass and Iron”, by Amal El-Mohtar (The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, Saga Press)


Words Are My Matter: Writings About Life and Books, 2000-2016, by Ursula K. Le Guin (Small Beer)


Monstress, Volume 1: Awakening, written by Marjorie Liu, illustrated by Sana Takeda (Image)


Arrival, screenplay by Eric Heisserer based on a short story by Ted Chiang, directed by Denis Villeneuve (21 Laps Entertainment/FilmNation Entertainment/Lava Bear Films)


The Expanse: “Leviathan Wakes”, written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, directed by Terry McDonough (SyFy)


Ellen Datlow


Liz Gorinsky


Julie Dillon


Uncanny Magazine, edited by Lynne M. Thomas & Michael Damian Thomas, Michi Trota, Julia Rios, and podcast produced by Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky


Lady Business, edited by Clare, Ira, Jodie, KJ, Renay, and Susan


Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman


Abigail Nussbaum


Elizabeth Leggett

(Special Category added by option of Worldcon 75)

The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)

THE JOHN W. CAMPBELL AWARD FOR BEST NEW WRITER (Not a Hugo Award, but administered along with the Hugo Awards)

Ada Palmer

Details of the final and nominating ballots are available, along with additional detailed reports listed on the 2017 Awards page.

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2017 Hugo Awards Ceremony Tonight

The 2017 Hugo Awards ceremony is tonight, August 11, 2017, at 19:30 Eastern European Summer Time, at Worldcon 75, in Hall 1 of the Messukeskus Expo and Convention Centre in Helsinki, Finland.

Live video streaming of the 2017 Hugo Awards ceremony provided by Worldcon 75 is at the Worldcon 75 YouTube Channel. Due to technical issues, live streaming of the 2017 Hugo Awards Ceremony was unavailable.

Text-only coverage of the 2017 Hugo Awards ceremony through CoverItLive, suitable for lower-bandwidth connections, is in the window below. Our coverage of the ceremony will start at approximately 19:15.

Live Blog 2017 Hugo Awards Ceremony

The CoverItLive feed is generally a few seconds to a few minutes ahead of the video streaming.

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2017 Hugo Ceremony Coverage Plans

The 2017 Hugo Awards Ceremony is scheduled for Friday, August 11, 2017 at 7:30 PM Eastern European Summer Time (UTC+3) in the Messukeskus (Convention Center) Hall 1 in Helsinki, Finland. The Hugo Awards web site will once again offer text-based coverage of the Hugo Awards ceremony via CoverItLive, suitable for people with bandwidth restrictions. For those with the bandwidth for it, Worldcon 75 Helsinki plans to offer live video streaming of the Hugo Awards ceremony via their YouTube channel. Details of the live-streaming coverage will be available at the 2017 Worldcon web site.

The Hugo Awards web site coverage team of Kevin Standlee, Cheryl Morgan, and Susan de Guardiola plan to be “on the air” approximately fifteen minutes before the ceremony. You can sign up at the CoverItLive event site for an e-mail notification before the event starts. Remember that the CoverItLive text coverage is text-only, and is likely to not be in synch with the video streaming. Also, the CoverItLive team here at is not responsible for the video streaming coverage and cannot answer any questions about it.

If you can’t be in Helsinki, we hope you’ll join us on CoverItLive or watch the ceremony on YouTube.

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2017 Hugo Award Voting Closed

Voting for the 2017 Hugo Awards closed at 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time on July 15, 2017. The 2017 Hugo Award Administrators reported that 3,319 members of Worldcon 75 in Helsinki voted, which is the third-highest number of votes cast in the history of the Awards.

The results of the 2017 Hugo Awards will be presented at the Hugo Awards Ceremony at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, on Friday, August 11, 2017. The Hugo Awards web site plans to provide live text-based coverage of the ceremony via CoverItLive as it has done for the past several years. Other coverage of the ceremony such as live-streaming of the audio/video of the event if Worldcon 75 provides it, will be announced here when details become available.

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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”

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

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