Clarkesworld and the Hugo Awards

Just a casual reminder… the Hugo nomination period ends on March 13th. You may nominate for the 2010 Hugo and John W. Campbell Awards if you either:

  • Are an attending or supporting member of Aussiecon 4 (the 2010 World Science Fiction Convention) on or before January 31, 2010 12:59 UTC/GMT
  • Were an attending, weekend, single day or supporting member of Anticipation (the 2009 World Science Fiction Convention)

Information on nominating can be found here.

Last year, I was fortunate enough to be a nominee. It was an incredible honor and a great source of inspiration. If you think that Clarkesworld Magazine deserves another shot at the Best Semiprozine Hugo, please nominate us and/or consider some of our short stories for the short story category. I’m quite proud of my staff and the work we published in 2009. I hope we’ve earned your nomination and that you’ll consider spreading the word.

Thank you!

Continue to show your support for Semiprozines

Last year, many of us stood up and demonstrated the value of having a Best Semiprozine Hugo Award. While our efforts to save the category were successful, we cannot sit back and assume our work is done. I urge everyone that is eligible to nominate for the Hugos (anyone who attended Worldcon in 2009 or will attend in 2010) to check out some of the fine publications represented by this category, pick your favorites, and nominate. There is no better way to show your continued support.

Can’t vote? Spread the word to those that can. That works too.


Neil Clarke
Clarkesworld Magazine
2009 Best Semiprozine Nominee

Anatomy of a Worldcon Badge

My Worldcon Badge


1. Official Clarkesworld/Fantasy Magazine "Short Fiction is Not Dead" Hypno-chicken button
2. Clarkesworld postcard
3. Where I live. Interestingly, most badges I saw didn’t have a state listed, but some did.
4. My 2009 Hugo Nominee pin.
5. Green ribbon for being a Program Participant.
6. Bronze/copper ribbon for being a Hugo Nominee

and #7 was handed to me by George R. R. Martin at the post-Hugo party… my official HUGO LOSER ribbon. 

My Worldcon Schedule

Exploring the Classics
Friday 3:30PM,   P-518A
Participants:  Eva Whitley, Neil Clarke, Robert Silverberg, John Hertz (M), Ellen Klages
Description:  If you’ve just discovered the SF field, or you are a long time reader who knows you’ve missed a lot out: what are the books you should read to get an idea of its range? Especially if they’re older works, you may not stumble across them easily…but they can be just as good as something published last week.

The Chesley Awards Ceremony
Friday 8:00PM, 516AB
Will be accepting on behalf of Mats Minnhagen should his Clarkesworld cover art win in the Best Magazine Cover category. Reception to follow.

Mainstreaming the Geek Dream
Friday  9:00PM,  P-518BC
Participants:  Duncan McGregor (M), Karen Burnham, Neil Clarke, Sandra Manning
How did the internet change as it became mainstream? And what is ahead now that we have increasing pressure on P2P networks, national filtering and other restrictions?  ** I think I may have to drop this one since I have to be at the Chesley Awards and I don’t know how long they run **

WSFS Business Meeting
Saturday 10:00AM, P-518BC
The vote on whether or not the Best Semiprozine Hugo should continue will be held here. If you have an opinion on the issue, please attend.

Online Magazines Represented HERE: A Good Market
Saturday 2:00PM, P-513B
Participants:  Diane Walton, Jude-Marie Green (M), Leah Bobet, Neil Clarke
The online publication is alive and well and thriving. Editors and writers talk about electronic markets.

Hugo Award Rehearsal
Sunday 2:00PM

Hugo Awards Reception
Sunday 6:00PM

Hugo Awards Ceremony
Sunday  8:00pm, 517abc
Clarkesworld is up for Best Semiprozine.

Semiprozine Series

I finished up my four-part post about the Semiprozine Hugo over at this morning. In the concluding entry, I look more towards the future and ponder what can be done to clarify the definition of the fanzine, semiprozine, and editor (short form) categories. The vote takes place next week at Worldcon (exact place and time) and I’m hoping that we not only win, but also find a way start the ball rolling on fixing what is broken. Modernizing the definition is a good place to start and can dovetail nicely with education and promotion of what is eligible in (and from) all three categories. (also needed, judging by some of the comments I’ve read)

Anyhow, I’m told that lots of people have tried (and failed) to crack the nut of category definition. I’d love to hear people’s thoughts on my very simplistic way to redefine the categories. Agree or disagree… discussion is a good thing.

Save the Semiprozine

I’ve been very low profile for the last couple of weeks. Email piled up a little (if I still owe you a response, sorry, soon) while I worked on tieing up some loose ends at the day job. I’m not giving them any excuses to prevent me from going to Worldcon next week.

Back in April, I launched in response to a movement to eliminate the Best Semiprozine Hugo Award. I’ve had the pleasure of working with a great group of editors and publishers over the last few months and couldn’t be more impressed by the things they do and what we, as semiprozine editors, represent. I have become even more convinced that this category should not be eliminated.

To close things out, I’ve started a four part editorial on that addresses various statements made against keeping the award. My plan is to post the final entry on Friday and encourage discussion throughout. Whether or not you’ll be voting, I hope you’ll take the time to consider what is happening and be a part of the discussion.

The final vote that determines the fate of the Best Semiprozine Hugo will be held at Worldcon.