PDFs of 2018/1943 Nominating Ballots Published

Worldcon 76 has published PDFs of the paper nominating ballots for the 2018 Hugo Awards/Award for Best Young Adult Book/John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards.

Ballots must be received at the administrator’s mailing address (not the convention’s main mailing address) by Friday, March 17, 2018. Postmark date does not count.

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2017 Hugo Awards Ceremony Video Posted

Worldcon 75 Helsinki was unable to live-stream the 2017 Hugo Awards ceremony as originally planned due to technical difficulties, but has published a recording of the ceremony on their YouTube channel. The recording omits approximately the first fifteen minutes of the ceremony, including the presentation of Best Fan Artist, and begins with the presentation of Best Fan Writer.

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2018/1943 Hugo Awards Nominations Open

The nominating period for the 2018 Hugo Awards and 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards is now open, according to an announcement from Worldcon 76 San José. The convention also announced that John Picacio will host the 2018 Hugo Awards ceremony at Worldcon 76.

Instructions for accessing the online nominating form will be sent via e-mail, according to Dave McCarty, Hugo Administrator for Worldcon 76. 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.

The Worldcon 76 Hugo Awards web page has the links to the online nominating ballots for the 2018 and 1943 Hugo Awards, as well as to the page where you can request an online voting PIN if you have not received it.

Paper ballots will be mailed to those members of Worldcon 76 who requested paper publications along with the convention’s Progress Report 2, currently in production. PDFs of the paper ballots are also available from Worldcon 76’s Hugo Awards page.

Nominations will close at 23:59 Pacific Daylight Time on Friday, March 16 (06:59 UTC on Saturday, March 17), 2018. Online nominations will be closed at that time. Paper nominating ballots must be received (postmark dates do not count) by the Hugo Administrator by that time.

Worldcon 76 San José will be presenting the 2018 Hugo Awards (generally for works first published or appearing in 2017) as well as the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards (generally for works first published or appearing in 1942). Any person who was a voting member of at least one of the 2017, 2018, or 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions as of December 31, 2017 may cast nominating ballots for the 2018 and 1943 Awards.

Direct any questions about the administration of the 2018 and 1943 Hugo Awards to the Worldcon 76 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 2018/1943 Hugo Awards are administered by the Hugo Awards Administration Subcommittee of Worldcon 76 San José, and all decisions regarding the eligibility of works and the administration of nominations are exclusively the committee’s responsibility.

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2018/1943 Hugo Award Nominations Opening Soon

Worldcon 76 San Jose advises us that they will open nominations for the 2018 Hugo Awards and 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards within the next few days. They have been working with Worldcon 75 Helsinki and Worldcon 2018 Dublin to coordinate the combined membership information from all three Worldcons, and to do so within the limitations of the three countries’ data-protection laws. When testing of the online nomination form is complete, Worldcon 76 San Jose will release it on the Worldcon 76 web site and make an announcement. We’ll also announce the start of nominations here on The Hugo Awards web site. Paper ballots will also be distributed with Worldcon 76 Progress Report 2, which we understand is going to press in a few days and should mail to members of Worldcon 76 in February. Besides the online form, a PDF of the paper form will be available from Worldcon 76’s web site when it is ready for release.

Members of the 2017 (Helsinki), 2018 (San Jose) and 2019 (Dublin) Worldcons as of December 31, 2017 are eligible to make nominations for the 2018 Hugo Awards (for works first published or appearing in 2017) and 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards (for works first published or appearing in 1942). If you are a member of more than one of those three conventions, you can still only cast one nominating ballot. Eligible members will be able to vote online at the Worldcon 76 web site or via paper ballot. The six highest-ranking nominees in each category will form the shortlist of finalists and will appear on the final ballot to be announced later this year. Only members of Worldcon 76 San Jose who join before the final ballot deadline (which is yet to be announced) will be eligible to vote on the final ballot.

Each Worldcon committee is a legally separate entity; therefore, the sharing of information between Worldcon committees is subject to any restrictions imposed by local law, which of course supersedes any requirements of the WSFS Constitution.

This is the final year that members of the subsequent year’s Worldcon are eligible to nominate on the current Hugo Awards. A change ratified in Helsinki and first effective with the 2019 Worldcon limits nominating to members of the current and previous Worldcon as of the end of the previous calendar year.

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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

BEST NOVEL

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

BEST NOVELLA

Every Heart a Doorway, by Seanan McGuire (Tor.com publishing)

BEST NOVELETTE

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

BEST SHORT STORY

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

BEST RELATED WORK

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

BEST GRAPHIC STORY

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

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, LONG FORM

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)

BEST DRAMATIC PRESENTATION, SHORT FORM

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

BEST EDITOR, SHORT FORM

Ellen Datlow

BEST EDITOR, LONG FORM

Liz Gorinsky

BEST PROFESSIONAL ARTIST

Julie Dillon

BEST SEMIPROZINE

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

BEST FANZINE

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

BEST FANCAST

Tea and Jeopardy, presented by Emma Newman with Peter Newman

BEST FAN WRITER

Abigail Nussbaum

BEST FAN ARTIST

Elizabeth Leggett

BEST SERIES
(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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