Hugo Awards

The Hugo Awards are the most prestigious award in the science fiction genre, honouring literature and media as well as fan activities. The awards were first presented in 1953, and have been presented every year since 1955.

The Hugo Awards has more information and details of past winners. The award categories, and their definitions, are set out in the WSFS Constitution.

Nominations for the 2020 Hugo Awards, 1945 Retro Hugo Awards, Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and Astounding Award for Best New Writer are now open. Members of CoNZealand and Dublin 2019 can nominate works in each of the categories. Voters are encouraged to nominate up to five works/individuals in each category that they believe are worthy of a Hugo. The six most popular nominees in each category will go forward to the final ballot.

Information on accessing the ballot will be sent to voters by email, or members can visit the members area and access their ballot under “my memberships” once they are logged in. For voters who prefer a paper ballot, a form was included with the convention’s Progress Report 2 and can also be downloaded here in A4 and US letter sizes.

The deadline for nominations is 13 March 2020 at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time (2:59 am Eastern Daylight Time, 06:59 Irish time, and 7:59 pm 14 March 2020 New Zealand time). Although members of Dublin 2019 can nominate, only members of CoNZealand will be eligible to vote on the final ballot and choose the winners of the awards

We expect to announce the final ballot in early April, and the awards will be presented at CoNZealand. The Hugo Award Ceremony will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020. The timing of the Retro Hugo Award Ceremony is yet to be determined.

The 2020 Hugos will celebrate activity and works released for the first time in 2019, and the 1945 Retro Hugos similarly honour the achievements of 1944.


1945 Retro Hugo Resources

We know nominating for the Retro Hugos can be difficult. Fortunately several fans have compiled lists of resources to help people decide on their nominations for the 1945 Retrospective Hugo Awards. Check out the links below if you’re looking for ideas! Links are for informational purposes only and should not be seen as an endorsement by the CoNZealand Hugo Administration of any specific works in the lists. If you have compiled a 1945 voting guide and would like it added to this list, please email to have it added. Happy nominating!

Fanzines – (thanks to Joe Siclari, Edie Stern and Mark Olson)
Best Dramatic Presentation  (thanks to Mark Leeper)
Best Graphic Story (thanks to Buddy Lortie)