Worldcon 75

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

The Hugo Awards

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 2017-07-16 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.


The Hugo Voter Packet

Worldcon 75 is pleased to provide the 2017 Hugo Awards voter packet – an electronic package of works made available by Hugo finalists and their publishers – for download by Supporting, Attending, Youth and First Worldcon members. The voter packet includes many of the works on the final ballot in full, preview versions of others, and work by most of the individuals who are finalists. The packet can be downloaded by voters directly from their online ballot, which they can access via a personalised link.

Everyone eligible to vote when the packet became available 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.

The Hugo Voter Packet consists of a number of downloads. In most ballot categories there are separate downloads for each of the three most common e-book formats (EPUB, MOBI, and PDF). In the few cases where a publisher has provided only a PDF version of a work, the PDF has been included in each of the different format packets so that members will not have to do extra downloading. The exceptions to this are the Dramatic Presentation, Artist, Graphic Story, Fancast, and Editor Long Form categories, where there is only a PDF download.

The Hugo Voter Packet will be available for download until the voting deadline specified above.

We are deeply appreciative of the publishers, authors, artists, editors, and other creators who have generously provided their works to this year’s Hugo Voter Packet, and ask that voters who feel the same way consider posting on social media to thank the publishers, editors, and creators who have participated in the packet. We ask that voters honour publishers’ and creators’ request that they reserve these copies for their personal use only, and that they do not share these works with non-members of Worldcon 75.


What are the Hugo Awards?

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.

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


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.