Worldcon 75

The 75th World Science Fiction Convention, 9-13 August 2017, Messukeskus, Helsinki, Finland

The Hugo Awards

Check here to see what is new about the Hugos this year.


The Hugo Calendar

The finalists for the 2017 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, announced by Worldcon 75 on 4 April 2017, are listed on our Hugo finalists page.

Online voting on the final ballot has started, and is open to members of Worldcon 75 only. Everyone eligible to vote when voting began should have already received an email message with a personalised link which they can use to vote online. Members who join later should receive their personalised link soon after joining. If you have not received your personalised link, or if you have lost it, contact hugohelp@worldcon.fi. If you prefer not to vote online, you may vote using a paper ballot form and submit the form by post. Online voting will close at 2017-07-12 06:59 UTC (09:59 Finnish time) (23:59 PST on 15 July 2017). Paper ballot forms must have been received by the time noted on the second page of the forms. You can download and print the paper ballot forms here:

The results will be announced, and the awards presented, at the Hugo Awards Ceremony at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki, on Friday 11 August 2017.


What is the Hugo Award?

The Hugo Awards are the annual awards presented by the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS), honouring the best of science fiction and fantasy, across 15 different categories, from the calendar year prior to that year’s World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). The Hugo Awards have been presented annually since 1955 and are the most prestigious awards in the genre. The Hugos are voted on by the members of each year’s Worldcon and administered by that Worldcon’s organising committee. For more information about the history of the Hugo Awards, see www.thehugoawards.org. For more information about the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, see www.writertopia.com/awards/campbell.


Categories of Hugo Award

The Hugo Awards are presented in the following categories:

  • Best Novel
  • Best Novella
  • Best Novelette
  • Best Short Story
  • Best Related Work
  • Best Graphic Story
  • Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
  • Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
  • Best Editor – Short Form
  • Best Editor – Long Form
  • Best Professional Artist
  • Best Semiprozine
  • Best Fanzine
  • Best Fancast
  • Best Fan Writer
  • Best Fan Artist

Additionally, Worldcon 75 will include a special Hugo category for “Best Series” in the 2017 Hugo Awards, with nomination and voting the same as for the permanent categories.

Each Worldcon also administers the John W. Campbell Award for the best new professional science fiction or fantasy writer of the two previous years. For Worldcon 75, this means 2015 and 2016. This award is sponsored by Dell Magazines.

Full definitions of each category are included with the nominating information and actual ballots.


Design of the Hugo Award

The Hugo Award’s distinctive trophy rocket design has been in place for many years.

Each Worldcon committee gets the pleasure of sponsoring the design of the base of that year’s Hugo Award, sometimes adding a distinctive local flair to the award.

Image credits: Hugo Award from ConFrancisco, the 51st Worldcon in San Francisco, CA in 1993, photo by Shelia Perry.