The Hugo Award® is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. The Hugos are awarded each year by the World Science Fiction Society, at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon).
Voting for the Hugo Awards takes place in two stages. The first stage, nomination, was open to anyone who had a Supporting or Attending membership in the previous, current, or following year's Worldcon as of January 31. For LoneStarCon 3, this meant members of Chicon 7 (the 2012 Worldcon), LoneStarCon 3 itself, and Loncon 3 (the 2014 Worldcon). During this stage, members could nominate any eligible work or person.
The second stage of voting is the final ballot. This stage, currently under way, is only open to LoneStarCon 3 members. In the final ballot, members choose among the five finalists in each category.
The Hugo Awards themselves are presented at a formal ceremony which is always one of the highlights of the Worldcon. The LoneStarCon 3 ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 1, 2013 and will be hosted by our Toastmaster, Paul Cornell. We also plan to continue the recent tradition of streaming the ceremony live via the Internet, enabling fans around the world to take part in this celebration of the best of the year's science fiction.
The official web site of the Hugo Awards is at www.thehugoawards.org. This site includes a full history of the Hugo Awards, nominees and winners, information on the voting process, a photo gallery of past trophy designs, and much more. We have also provided a page of Frequently Asked Questions about the Hugo Awards for members who may not be familiar with them already.
LoneStarCon 3 members should remember that they will also be entitled to nominate for the 2014 Hugo and John W Campbell Awards, which will be administered by Loncon 3, the 2014 Worldcon. Nominations for the 2014 Awards will open in January 2014.
Hugo Final Ballot
The final ballot is now under way. The voting deadline is Wednesday, July 31, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. CDT (August 1, 2013, at 4:59 a.m. UTC/GMT-5).
You can submit your ballot in two ways:
- Online through the online ballot form. You will need your unique LoneStarCon 3 Hugo PIN to access the ballot. PIN reminders will be mailed to all eligible members in mid-June and again during July prior to the voting deadline.
- By postal mail. To submit a postal ballot, you need to download and print the Final Ballot (PDF format), complete and sign it, and mail it to the Hugo Awards Administrator to reach us by the deadline.
Hugo Voter Packet
The 2013 Hugo Voter Packet has now been released. This electronic package of nominated works is graciously made available to voters by nominees and their publishers. It is available to Supporting, Attending, Military and Young Adult members of LoneStarCon 3 to help inform them about the works under consideration before voting. The packet will remain available until voting closes.
2013 Hugo Award Nominees
A full list of the 2013 Hugo Award and John W. Campbell Award nominees can be found on the Hugo Award Nominees page.
2013 Hugo Award Trophy and Base
The World Science Fiction Convention has given out the Hugo Awards for achievement in Science Fiction and Fantasy since the early 1950s. The Hugo Award trophy itself is always in the form of a silver rocket. The design for the base on which the rocket is mounted, however, is the responsibility of each Worldcon committee, and changes each year.
LoneStarCon 3 is delighted to announce that the 2013 Hugo Award bases will be designed and made - in cast bronze - by award-winning Texas artist Vincent Villafranca.
More information on the history of Hugo Award bases, and on this year's designer, can be found on the Hugo Award base page.
Hugo Award Categories
A full list of the current award categories with definitions is available here. In summary, however, the ongoing categories, for which Hugos are presented every year, are:
- Best Novel (40,000 words or more)
- Best Novella (17,500 to 40,000 words)
- Best Novelette (7,500 to 17,500 words)
- Best Short Story (up to 7,500 words)
- Best Related Work
- Best Graphic Story
- Best Dramatic Presentation "Long Form" (more than 90 minutes)
- Best Dramatic Presentation "Short Form" (less than 90 minutes)
- Best Editor Short Form
- Best Editor Long Form
- Best Professional Artist
- Best Semiprozine
- Best Fanzine
- Best Fancast
- Best Fan Writer
- Best Fan Artist
By tradition, the Hugo voting process also includes the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. The Campbell Award is not a Hugo Award, and the rules governing it are determined by the award sponsor, Dell Magazines. However, the award traditionally is selected through the Hugo Awards voting process and presented at the Worldcon Hugo Awards Ceremony.
Further information about the Campbell Award, including past winners and a list of currently eligible writers, can be found on the Campbell Award page at Writertopia.