Hugo Nominating Ballots Break Record Again

Chicon 7, this year’s World Science Fiction Convention, has announced that they received 1,101 nominating ballots for the 2012 Hugo Awards, a new record, eclipsing last year’s high-water mark of 1,006.

The 2012 Hugo Award nominations will be announced on Saturday, April 7 starting at 3:00 PM Central Daylight Time in an announcement ceremony planned to be held simultaneously at these five separate SF conventions:

  • Norwescon 35, one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier science fiction and fantasy conventions, at Seatac, WA (1 PM. PDT)
  • Leprecon 38, Arizona’s annual science fiction and fantasy convention, at Tempe, AZ (1 PM MST)
  • Minicon 47, Minnesota’s longest-running science fiction convention, at Bloomington, MN (3 PM CDT)
  • Marcon 47, the Midwest’s largest annual convention, at Columbus, OH (4 PM EDT)
  • Olympus 2012, the British National Science Fiction Convention (Eastercon) (9 PM BST)

Chicon 7 representatives will be joined for the announcement by special guests including authors George RR Martin at Eastercon and Joe Haldeman at Leprecon, and artist John Picacio at Norwescon.

Chicon 7 plans to broadcast the Hugo Award Nomination Announcements live on UStream. We will post the details of how to follow the results live online when Chicon 7 makes them available. We will, of course, post the nominations here on shortly after they are published.

More information is available in the full announcement at the Chicon 7 web site.

Hugo Award Nominations Closed

Nominations for the 2012 Hugo Awards are now closed. Chicon 7, this year’s World Science Fiction Convention, plans to announce the final ballot sometime during the Saturday (US time) of Easter weekend at selected conventions, with such announcement also expected to be available as a live stream over the internet. We will post further details of the announcement plans when they are available.

Hugo Nominating Deadline Approaching

The deadline for making nominations for this year’s Hugo Awards is 11:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time on Sunday, March 11, 2012. Anyone who was a member of Renvovation (2011 Worldcon), Chicon 7 (2012 Worldcon), or LoneStarCon 3 (2013 Worldcon) as of January 31, 2012 is eligible to make up to five nominations in each category for the Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Author.

The 2012 Hugo Awards are being administered by the 2012 Worldcon, Chicon 7. See the Chicon 7 Hugo Awards web site for additional details. Contact Chicon 7 with any questions about the administration of the 2012 Hugo Awards, particularly questions requiring urgent replies and voter-eligibility inquiries. Questions directed to may be subject to delay as we have to forward them to Chicon 7, and we cannot be responsible for such delays.

Your ballot must arrive by the deadline on March 11. Note that Daylight Savings Time takes effect in most of the United States on March 11. We recommend not waiting until the last minute to cast your ballot.

For additional information, see the full announcement from Chicon 7 about the nominating deadline.