Nominations for science fiction and fantasy’s biggest award, the Hugo, are now open! If you had been a member of last year’s World Science Fiction Convention or are headed off to this year’s MidAmeriCon II or next year’s 75th WorldCon, you can cast a ballot.
You’re eligible to nominate if:
- you are an attending or supporting member of MidAmeriCon II (the 2016 World Science Fiction Convention), and/or
- you are an attending or supporting member of Worldcon 75 (the 2017 World Science Fiction Convention), and/or
- you were an attending or supporting member of Sasquan (the 2015 World Science Fiction Convention).
Nominators need to get a PIN in order to nominate. Works eligible for nominations are: Novels (40,000 words or more), Novellas (17500-40000 words), Novelettes (7500-17500 words), Short stories (7500 words and under), Related Works (nonfiction or ‘noteworthy for reasons other than the fictional text’), Graphic stories, Dramatic presentations (Long and short - films, videos, plays, etc), Semiprozines, Fanzines, Professional Editors (Long and short form), Professional Artists, Fan artists, fan writers, and fancasts (podcasts).
Voters can also nominate for the 1941 Hugo Retro Awards, which honors works published in 1941.
Last year’s nominating process turned into a major cultural clash within the science fiction community, one that saw authors withdraw their names from consideration. It will be interesting to see what shakes out in the nominating process this year.
What do you hope to see on the ballot?