Since people have been asking, here are the appropriate Hugo and Nebula categories for Clarkesworld-related works:
Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine
(First year of the new rules. Yes, we are still eligible and will accept if nominated. More on this soon.)
Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form)
(I was fortunate enough to be a nominee in this category last year.)
- Neil Clarke
- Jason Heller (non-fiction)
- Sean Wallace
Hugo Award for Best Novelette / Nebula Award for Best Novelette
(between 7,500 and 17,500 words)
Hugo Award for Best Short Story / Nebula Award for Best Short Story
(less than 7,500 words)
The 2012 Hugo Award nomination period is now open. Eligibility details and a nomination form can be found here. Since the rules can be occasionally confusing (or require counting), we're providing the following information about work at Clarkesworld that is eligible for nomination:
BEST EDITOR SHORT FORM
- Neil Clarke – Fiction Editor
- Cheryl Morgan – Non-Fiction Editor
SHORT STORY (less than 7500 words)
NOVELETTE (between 7,500 and 17,500 words)
NOVELLA (between 17,500 and 40,000 words)
- Silently and Very Fast (Parts 1, 2, 3) by Catherynne M. Valente
Despite the fact that Clarkesworld is once again eligible for BEST SEMIPROZINE, we ask that you nominate someone who hasn't been a nominee before instead. If not nominating us this year bothers you, nominate one of our editors in short form or your favorite story in the appropriate category. We'll still feel the love.
NOTE: There is a Hugo rule change that may go into effect next year. We'd like to encourage you to nominate for Semiprozine as if it already happened. I'll be blogging in detail about this soon, but for now, a description of the effect of the proposal (it was modified slightly, but the effect is the same) is here.
BEST FAN WRITER
- The authors of any non-fiction we published in 2011.
BEST FAN ARTIST
- The artists that created any of the covers we used in 2011.
I'm still exhausted from my trip to the Worldcon in Reno. Had a great time and saw lots of friends, but the highlight had to be this:
Clarkesworld Magazine won the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine! That's Sean and Kate up there accepting the award with me. (Thanks to Stu Segal for the picture!) Sadly, Cheryl was unable to join us. Would have liked to have had the whole gang up there.
As David Hartwell read off the names of the nominees, we noticed that only one Hugo had been brought out and managed to convince one another that we had lost. We were completely stunned when they announced our name. My brain promptly shut down. The whole thing is a blur, and judging by the video, I had trouble remembering how to read a pre-written speech. All I know is that my hands were still shaking when I got back to my seat.
I'll have more to say later, but I just wanted to thank everyone for reading, voting, and supporting us over the years. We're incredibly honored.
Now, behold the big bright shiny thing that strikes fear into the hearts of airport security people in Reno:
The 2011 Hugo Nominees were announced yesterday. I feel very honored that Hugo voters have nominated Clarkesworld for Best Semiprozine and "The Things" by Peter Watts for Best Short Story. You made my day.
Nominations for the Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer close today, March 26th, at 23:59 PDT.
The online ballot form can be found here. (You need to have a PIN from Worldcon to vote.)
The nomination process is important and I urge anyone than can nominate to do so. It’s painless and great way for you to show some appreciation to your favorite authors, editors, artists, filmmakers, etc. You don’t have to have read or seen everything to be qualified… you just have to have an opinion about what you have seen or read.
As I’ve mentioned previously, Clarkesworld is eligible in Semiprozine, I’m eligible in Editor Short form, and all of our fiction is eligible in either the short story or novelette categories (see post for category breakdowns). Naturally, I’d be thrilled to have you consider nominating our work, but whether or not you’d pick our work, thank you for nominating. As a previous nominee and winner, I can tell you that it means a lot.
Two quick plugs:
The Campbell Award for Best New Writer is a favorite of mine, but it never seems to receive as many nominations as it should. The most common excuse I’ve heard is that people have difficulty knowing who’s eligible. Writertopia has a convenient list that can help you work past that. There are a lot of very talented authors listed there and you should be able to find more than a few to throw your support behind.
Please consider nominating Sheila Williams from Asimov’s in the Best Editor Short Form category. A win for her is long overdue in this category and she should be on the final ballot. I would shocked if she didn’t receive a nomination, but we should never take things for granted.
Thanks! I look forward to seeing what everyone picks this year.
PS. Looking for some recommendations? Try these places:
NESFA’s Hugo Recommended Reading List
Whatever’s Pimpage Post
Livejournal Hugo Recommend Community