The Hugo Awards, presented annually since 1955, are science fiction’s most prestigious award. The Hugo Awards are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”), which is also responsible for administering them.
Hugo Award Nominations
Hugo Award Nominations closed at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time on Friday March 16, 2018 (6:59am UTC on Saturday, March 17, 2018) and are now being tabulated.
Nominations for the 2018 Hugo Awards and 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards were open to any person who was a voting member of the 2017, 2018, or 2019 Worldcons as of December 31, 2017.
Finalists are scheduled to be announced March 31, 2018
The Hugo process is as follows:
- During January-March each year members of the Worldcon are each allowed to nominate up to five people or works from the previous year in fifteen categories.
- In early April a shortlist is announced of six finalists in each category and a final ballot is sent to members of the Worldcon that year.
- The members of the current Worldcon cast a final ballot, with balloting ending around sometime in July (it depends on exactly when Worldcon is that year.) The ballot is a preferential ballot which allows the voters to rank all nominees.
- At Worldcon the winners are announced at the Hugo Ceremony and receive a special trophy.
Retrospective Hugo Awards
WSFS rules allow a Worldcon held an even multiple of 25 years after any year after 1938 when no Hugo Awards were presented (including years when no Worldcons were held) to present Retrospective Hugo Awards for that year, provided that "Retro-Hugos" for that year have not previously been awarded. The Retrospective Hugo Awards must use the categories currently in force for the current Hugo Awards, but this does not include the Award for Best Young Adult Book or the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, neither of which is a Hugo Award. As with the "regular" Hugo Awards, any categories in which there is little or no interest will be dropped.
Worldcon 76 has elected to exercise its authority to present the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards, which are generally for works first published or appearing in 1942. There was no Worldcon held in 1943, nor have there been Retro-Hugos previously presented for that year. The 1943 Retro-Hugos will be presented at a red carpet "1943 Worldcon Party" scheduled as part of First Night at Worldcon 76, on Thursday, August 16, 2018.