The 2017 Worldcon in Helsinki, Finland (Worldcon 75) has opened nominations for the 2017 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer See the 2017 Hugo Awards page at the Worldcon 75 web site for full details.
Anyone who is or was a voting member of the 2016, 2017, or 2018 Worldcons by the end of the day on January 31, 2017 is eligible to nominate. You may nominate only once, regardless of how many of those three Worldcons you are a member.
Nominations close at 06:59 UTC on March 18, 2017 (March 17, 2017 23:59 North American Pacific Daylight Time / UTC – 7). The works/people receiving sufficient nominations in this first stage of the balloting will go on to the final ballot, which will be announced later in 2017. Only members of the 2017 Worldcon will be eligible to vote on the final ballot. The January 31 membership deadline does not apply to the final ballot, only the nominating ballot.
In general, works first published or appearing in calendar year 2016 are eligible for the 2017 Hugo Award. Works previously published in languages other than English but first published in English in 2016 are eligible. Works previously published outside of the USA but first published in the USA in 2016 are eligible.
Medium of publication is irrelevant: works published or appearing online are considered the same as if published in hard-copy form or shown on television or in theaters, including film festivals. Self-published works in any medium are eligible. Works published in multiple parts, such as serialized stories including graphic works, are eligible if their final part appeared in 2016. Detailed rules for the Hugo Award are contained in Article 3 of the World Science Fiction Society’s constitution.
Worldcon 75 has exercised its authority to add an additional category, “Best Series,” to the 2017 Hugo Awards. The definition of Best Series is substantially the same as that of a proposed new permanent Hugo Award category that received first passage at the 2016 Worldcon and that is up for ratification at the 2017 Worldcon.
There were a number of changes to the rules regarding the Hugo Award nominations ratified by the 2016 World Science Fiction Society Business Meeting. Most notably, there will be now six finalists in each category (members still make up to five nominations per category), and nominations will be tallied using a method designed to reduce the impact of “bloc” voting. Worldcon 75 has published a guide to what’s new with the Hugo Awards this year.
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Besides voting online (which requires a custom web link issued by the 2017 Worldcon), members can also vote using a paper ballot. Members of the current Worldcon will be receive paper ballots with the convention’s Progress Report 3. Contact the 2017 Hugo Award Administrators for alternative methods of nominating. Note that the online voting system allows you to make changes to your nominations until the close of nominations.
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