2018/1943 Hugo Award Final Ballot Open

The final ballot for the 2018 Hugo Awards, WSFS Award for Best Young Adult Book, and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer and for the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards opened on May 3, 2018. Members of Worldcon 76 can vote at the Worldcon 76 Hugo Awards web page. Voting is open to all supporting and attending members of Worldcon 76. Members can vote online or by using a paper ballot downloaded from the website. Voting will be open through July 31, 2018.

Members of Worldcon 76 can vote online using the electronic ballots at the Worldcon 76 Hugo Awards web page and using the electronic PINs issued to them. If you have your PIN from the nominating phase of voting, you can use that number. Worldcon 76 will send e-mail to all of its eligible members who registered an e-mail address with the convention, including those members who previously received messages during the Nominating round. E-mail messages will be sent out in batches within a week of the opening of voting. You can also write to hugopin@worldcon76.org to recover your voting information if you do not know it. Alternatively, you can download a PDF of the paper version of the Hugo Final Ballot and send it by postal mail. (Paper ballots do not require a PIN to vote.) Paper ballots will also be included in Worldcon 76 Progress Report 3, scheduled for mailing in late May 2018.

Worldcon 76 is preparing a Hugo Voter Packet of finalists for the 2018/1943 Hugo Awards. This package includes works shortlisted for the final ballot as provided by the rights holders for those members of Worldcon 76 to evaluate. Works appear in the Hugo Voter Packet by the generosity of the rights holders. Worldcon 76 cannot guarantee the availability of any given finalist work to appear in the Hugo Voter Packet. The Hugo Voter Packet will be available only to members of Worldcon 76. Further information about the Hugo Voter Packet will be announced in May 2018 when it is available, and Worldcon 76 will contact all of its eligible members when the packet is available.

The Final Hugo Award Ballot includes the finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards and 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards selected by the members of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Worldcons through the nominating process earlier in 2018. Members of Worldcon 76 will vote on the 2018 Hugo Awards as well as the WSFS Award for Best Young Adult Book and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. In addition, members of Worldcon 76 will also vote on the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards for works originally published in 1942. Under the rules of the World Science Fiction Society, Worldcons held an even multiple of 25 years after a year for which no Hugo Awards (or Retro-Hugos) were presented but after Worldcon was founded in 1939 are authorized to present Retrospective Hugo Awards for that year. Worldcon 76 elected to exercise that right. No Hugo Awards were presented in 1943 (Worldcon itself was not held that year due to World War II.)

Voting for the 2018/1943 Hugo Awards will be open through July 31, 2018. Ballots must be received (not postmarked) by that date. Any person who joins Worldcon 76 as either a supporting or attending member by the end of July 2018 may vote on the 2018/1943 Hugo Awards. Worldcon 76 encourages those persons who want to become a member of the convention to do so sooner, not later, and to not wait until the deadline. See the Worldcon 76 membership page for more information about joining Worldcon 76.

The 1943 Retro-Hugo Awards will be announced as part of the opening night events at Worldcon 76, where the convention “invites you on the evening of August 16, 2018, to walk the red carpet back through time to a 1943 Worldcon that never was, and celebrate with other fans the works of 1942.”

The 2018 Hugo Awards will be presented at the Hugo Awards Ceremony on the final night of Worldcon 76, Sunday, August 19, 2018.

The 2018 and 1943 Hugo Awards are administered by Worldcon 76, not by the Hugo Awards web site. Direct all questions about the administration of the 2018/1943 Hugo Awards to the Worldcon 76 Hugo Awards Administration Subcommittee at hugoadmin@Worldcon76.org.

4 thoughts on “2018/1943 Hugo Award Final Ballot Open

  1. Are we ever going to get a readers’ packet? I’ve been doing my best so far, but …

    1. Janet:

      The Hugo Voter Packet was published a few days ago. See our announcement on May 29, 2018 and the announcement posted on the Worldcon 76 web site. There are some issues that Worldcon 76 is having with making the packet accessible to everyone (see the highlighted text in the Worldcon 76 announcement), which is why they have not sent an e-mail blast out to all of their members. However, you should be able to access the Hugo Voter Packet using the member credentials that Worldcon 76 e-mailed you when the ballot opened, or use the Worldcon 76 Hugo Voter PIN Lookup Page to have a copy of your credentials sent to you.

  2. Thanks–I never was able to log in and download with Chrome, so ended up using my Microsoft browser. I didn’t see any 1943 entries, and although those novels are widely available, the short fiction isn’t

    1. Janet:

      The 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards Voter Packet ballot is available on the Worldcon 76 web site and does include short fiction. If you are having difficulty accessing either the voter packet or ballot, be sure that JavaScript is enabled on your browser and that you are using addresses that begin with https: (not http:).

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