2023 Hugo Awards, Astounding Award and Lodestar Award Voting Open

Voting opened on July 10, 2023 for the final ballot of the 2023 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer.

Eligible members of Chengdu 2023, the 81st World Science Fiction Convention, can vote on the Hugo, Lodestar, and Astounding Awards. For information about how to cast a ballot, see the Chengdu Worldcon’s 2023 Hugo Awards page. If you are not yet a member of Chengdu 2023, you can purchase a membership on the convention’s Membership Page. A WSFS (World Science Fiction Society) membership, which includes voting rights, costs US$50.

The Chengdu Worldcon must receive your ballot by September 30, 2023, 23:59 Hawaiian Standard Time (UTC -10). You can update and change your ballot as often as you like before that deadline.

The Chengdu Worldcon committee is preparing the Hugo Voter Packet, containing the items made available to voters by Hugo Award, Lodestar Award, and Astounding Award nominees and their publishers, and will announce when it is available. They will make the Hugo Voter Packet available to all eligible members of Chengdu 2023 through the close of voting.

Please direct all questions about the 2023 Hugo, Lodestar, and Astounding Awards to the 2023 Hugo Award Administrators. The Hugo Awards website does not administer the Awards. Each year’s Awards are administered by the that year’s World Science Fiction Convention, which is solely responsible for the conduct of that year’s Awards. If you send questions regarding the 2023 Hugo Awards to us, we can only forward them to the current year’s Hugo Award Administrators.

The winners of the 2023 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award, and Astounding Award will be announced at the Hugo Awards Ceremony on the evening of Saturday, October 21, 2023 in Chengdu, China.

2023 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

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The 81st World Science Fiction Convention, hosted in Chengdu, announced on July 6, 2023 the finalists for the 2023 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer. The full list of finalists is on the 2023 Hugo Awards page.

1847 valid nominating ballots (1843 electronic and 4 paper) were received and counted from members of the 2022 and 2023 World Science Fiction Conventions for the 2023 Hugo Awards. Voting on the final ballot will open on July 10th.

Only members of the Chengdu Worldcon will be able to vote on the final ballot and choose the winners for the 2023 Awards. If you are not already a member, you can puchase a membership at their website. You must be a WSFS member in order to participate in the Hugo Awards.

More information about the 2023 Hugo Awards is available on the Chengdu website. Questions about the 2023 Hugo Awards process should be directed to the 2023 Hugo Award Administrators. Please do not submit questions to the Hugo Awards website, as we do not administer the Hugo Awards and can only pass your questions on to the award administrators.

2023 Hugo Awards Nominations Open

The nominating period for the 2023 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer opened on March 1 and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST; UTC – 10) on April 30, 2023.

The 2023 Hugo Awards are administered by the 2023 Chengdu Worldcon. Submit nominations through the convention’s website at https://hugo.chengduworldcon.com/hugo-awards/.

The 2023 Chengdu Worldcon Hugo Awards web page has instructions for accessing the online nominating ballot for the 2023 Hugo Awards. The 2023 Chengdu Worldcon must receive your ballot by 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time (HST; UTC – 10) on April 30, 2023.

2023 Chengdu, the 2023 World Science Fiction Convention, will present the 2023 Hugo Awards, which are generally for works first published or appearing in 2022. Any person who was a WSFS member of at least one of the 2022 or 2023 World Science Fiction Conventions before February 1, 2023 may cast a nominating ballot for the 2023 Awards.

The ballot will also include voting on two other awards administered by the Worldcon. These are the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, presented by the World Science Fiction Society, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, presented by Dell Magazines.

Eligible members of the 2022 and 2023 Worldcons can make up to five nominations in each category. You are not required to nominate in all categories or to fill every nomination blank on the ballot. We recommend that you nominate whatever works and creators you have personally read or seen that were your favorites from 2022.

Because the Hugo Awards rules measure prose fiction based on word count in English and other languages written in the Latin alphabet, the 2023 Hugo Administrators have ruled that they will use a factor of 1.6 when converting from English words to Chinese characters. See their announcement on their website to see how this affects the categories in question.

Those people/works with sufficient nominations will move on the the final ballot for the 2023 Hugo Awards, which will be announced later this year after the close of nominations. While members of both the 2022 and 2023 Worldcons can nominate for the 2023 Awards, only members of the 2023 Worldcon are eligible to vote on the final ballot. If you are not yet a member of the 2023 Worldcon, see the 2023 Chengdu Website, then select “Login or Purchase Membership” for information about joining the convention.

There are no Retrospective Hugo Awards being presented this year. 2023 Chengdu has also elected to not present a special Hugo Award category in 2023.

Please direct any questions about the administration of the 2023 Hugo Awards to the 2023 Chengdu 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 Hugo Awards web site is the “journal of record” for the Hugo Awards and acts as a central source of information about the Awards, but we do not actually administer or present the Awards. The 2023 Hugo Awards are administered by the Hugo Awards Administration Subcommittee of 2023 Chengdu, the 2023 Worldcon, and all decisions regarding the eligibility of works and the administration of nominations are exclusively the committee’s responsibility, per the provisions of Section 3.13 of the World Science Fiction Society constitution.

2022 Hugo Awards Announced


The winners of the 2022 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer were announced on Sunday, September 4, 2022, during a formal ceremony at Chicon 8, the 80th World Science Fiction Convention, hosted by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders.

2235 valid final ballots (2230 electronic and 5 paper) were received and counted from the members of Chicon 8. The winners are:

  • Best NovelA Desolation Called Peace, by Arkady Martine (Tor)
  • Best NovellaA Psalm for the Wild-Built, by Becky Chambers (Tordotcom)
  • Best Novelette – “Bots of the Lost Ark”, by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld, Jun 2021)
  • Best Short Story – “Where Oaken Hearts Do Gather”, by Sarah Pinsker (Uncanny Magazine, Mar/Apr 2021)
  • Best SeriesWayward Children, by Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)
  • Best Graphic Story or ComicFar Sector, written by N.K. Jemisin, art by Jamal Campbell (DC)
  • Best Related WorkNever Say You Can’t Survive, by Charlie Jane Anders (Tordotcom)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Long FormDune, screenplay by Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, and Eric Roth; directed by Denis Villeneuve; based on the novel Dune by Frank Herbert (Warner Bros / Legendary Entertainment)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Short FormThe Expanse: Nemesis Games, written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck, and Naren Shankar; directed by Breck Eisner (Amazon Studios)
  • Best Editor, Short Form – Neil Clarke
  • Best Editor, Long Form – Ruoxi Chen
  • Best Professional Artist – Rovina Cai
  • Best SemiprozineUncanny Magazine, publishers and editors-in-chief Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas; managing/poetry editor Chimedum Ohaegbu; nonfiction editor Elsa Sjunneson; podcast producers Erika Ensign & Steven Schapansky
  • Best FanzineSmall Gods, Lee Moyer (Icon) and Seanan McGuire (Story)
  • Best FancastOur Opinions Are Correct, presented by Annalee Newitz and Charlie Jane Anders, produced by Veronica Simonetti
  • Best Fan Writer – Cora Buhlert
  • Best Fan Artist – Lee Moyer
  • Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book (presented by the World Science Fiction Society)The Last Graduate, by Naomi Novik (Del Rey Books)
  • Astounding Award for Best New Writer (presented by Dell Magazines) – Shelley Parker-Chan (1st year of eligibility)

A full list of all finalists is available here.

Final ballot and nominating details (PDF)

Watch the Award Ceremony Live

This year’s Hugo Award ceremony will be streamed live by Chicon 8 via YouTube. The ceremony should begin at 8:00pm Chicago time. A full list of winners, and the voting breakdowns, will appear on this site in due course.

If you have a virtual membership of Chicon 8, please note that the Hugo Ceremony will not be streamed via Airmeet. This is because it is a public event, not something restricted to members.

A version of the coverage with ASL commentary is available here.

2022 Hugo Awards to be Announced on September 4, 2022

Voting for the 2022 Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer closed on August 11, 2022.

The results of the 2022 Awards will be announced at the 2022 Hugo Award Ceremony at Chicon 8, the 80th World Science Fiction Convention, on Sunday, September 4, 2022 at 8:00p.m. CDT (UTC-5). The ceremony will be hosted by Toastmasters Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz in front of a live audience. The full ceremony will also be streamed live on the internet. We will post details of how to watch the ceremony live when Chicon 8 announces those details.

Subject to internet availability in the Hugo Awards Ceremony venue, we expect to Tweet the results of the Awards on @TheHugoAwards as they are presented.

Results of the 2022 Hugo Awards, including the nominating and final award ballot voting details, will be posted on the Chicon 8 website and the 2022 Hugo Awards page on our website shortly after the ceremony.

2022 Hugo Voting Open and Voter Packet Released

Online voting is now open for the 2022 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer. The voter’s packet is now available online to Chicon 8 members!

All ballots must be received by 11 August 2022, 11:59 pm PDT (UTC-7). See the Chicon 8 website for voting online and accessing the voter’s packet.

Voting is open to members of Chicon 8, the 2022 World Science Fiction Convention. The Voter’s Packet is a collection of the finalists for the 2022 Awards. The rights-holders of those works have made the works available as a courtesy to the voters. The packet is available only to the members of Chicon 8. You can join Chicon 8 by visiting the convention’s registration page. You can vote online or by submitting a paper ballot, per the instructions on the Chicon 8 website.

Please direct all questions about the 2022 Hugo, Lodestar, and Astounding Awards to the 2022 Hugo Award Administrators. The Hugo Awards website does not administer the Awards. Each year’s Awards are administered by the that year’s World Science Fiction Convention, which is solely responsible for the conduct of that year’s Awards.

The results of the 2022 Hugo, Lodestar, and Astounding Awards will be announced at the Hugo Awards Ceremony at Chicon 8, on the evening of Sunday, September 4, 2022 in the Grand Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency, Chicago.