2014 Hugo Nominee!

The 2014 Hugo Award nominees were announced yesterday. I’ve received my third consecutive nomination in the Best Editor (short form) category! I’d like to thank everyone that nominated me. I’m very honored and appreciate this show of support. [I was somewhat less dignified when they told me. WOOOO! ]

I wish I could attend Worldcon in London this year, but it’s looking unlikely. Basically, the rule is that I’m not allowed to attend a con in a city my wife likes unless the whole family can come along. Last I checked, plane tickets would have been $1500 each, which means $6000 total for just the airfare. The final total is closer to $8000. Even if I could go alone, it would be expensive. That’s just not practical, so I’ll have to watch online just like everyone else this year.

By the way, the Hugo Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday at Worldcon. That’s August 17th… my birthday.

A More Worldly Semiprozine Hugo

After I announced that Clarkesworld was no longer eligible for the Best Semiprozine Hugo, someone emailed me to find out who I’d like to see replace us on the ballot. At first, I thought I’d just direct them to the Semiprozine Directory and relax a bit, but while looking over the list I realized that I had strong feelings about wanting a foreign market, particularly Interzone, making the cut this year.

interzoneSince it’s a UK publication, it’s always been a bit of a challenge to get their nice full-color print editions here, but they do have ebook editions for sale on Weightless Books and Amazon. Weightless even has PDFs for people who don’t like traditional ebooks. You can also order print copies direct from TTA Press on the Interzone website.

Interzone has been nominated for Best Semiprozine over twenty-five times and won in 1995. The current editor, Andy Cox, has yet to win. This year, they have a good chance of being nominees. With Worldcon in London, it stands to reason that more attendees than normal will be familiar and fond of their work. Check them out and decide for yourself.

If it’s not to your taste, check out some of the other magazines from outside the US (Albedo One, Andromeda Spaceways, Aurealis, Black Static, Neo-Opsis, On-Spec, etc.) and see if one of them would be a good fit. It’s past time to put some more of the world into this aspect of Worldcon.

2014 Awards Eligibility Post

Last year, Clarkesworld Magazine received its third Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. It appears as though we’ll be going out on top. The combined income from Clarkesworld (and its parent, Wyrm Publishing) has just barely crossed the threshold for semiprozine eligibility. We are NOT eligible for nomination this year. This is a very good sign for the future of Clarkesworld and gives me continued hope that someday I’ll be able to make this my full-time career. Thank you to all our subscribers, advertisers, and donors for helping us achieve this bittersweet milestone.

It has been my honor to be nominated (and lose to Sheila and Stan) for the Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form). I continue to be eligible in this category and hope that you will consider nominating me again.

Our stories continue to be eligible. Here’s a complete list of Clarkesworld‘s 2013 stories and novelettes:

Novelettes (7,501 to 17,500 words)
Short Stories (up to 7500 words)

 

An interesting side-note: While we are now “professional” in the eyes of the Hugo Awards, we are still “non-professional” by World Fantasy Award definitions. We still have a way to go there.