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.
Dublin 2019 will administer the 2019 Hugo Awards and the 1944 Retro Hugos. This also includes the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
The default eligibility period is the preceding calendar year, so the 2019 Hugos will celebrate activity and works released for the first time in 2018, and the 1944 Retro Hugos will similarly honour the achievements of 1943.
The process is as follows:
Dublin 2019 is inviting nominations in a special Hugo category this year: Best Art Book. Voters will also have the opportunity to nominate in two other categories for 2019: the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
The final ballot will be announced in early April. Only Dublin 2019 members will be able to vote on the final ballot, using a preferential system, and choose the winners.
The 1944 Retro Hugo Awards will be presented on Thursday 15 August, the opening night of Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon, and the 2019 HugoAwards will be presented on 18 August.
The Hugo Awards has more information and details of past winners.
The award categories, and their definitions, are set out in the WSFS Constitution.
1944 Retrospective Hugos (‘Retro-Hugos’)
Hugo awards can be given retrospectively for any year since 1939 (the first Worldcon) in which no Hugos were awarded, and on an anniversary which is a multiple of 25 years since the year in question.
So far Retro Hugos have been awarded for:
1939 by Loncon 3 (2014)
1941 by MidameriCon II (2016)
1943 by Worldcon 76 (2018)
1946 by L.A.con III (1996)
1951 by The Millennium Philcon (2001)
1954 by Noreascon 4 (2004)
Dublin 2019 has taken up the option of presenting Hugo Awards retrospectively for 1944 (the 75th anniversary, i.e. for activity and works produced in 1943).
Voters can nominate for the Retro-Hugos in the same categories that are also available for the current year’s Hugos. In practice, the Hugo administrators will only draw up a final ballot for those categories where there are sufficient nominations for a viable contest. Previous Retro-Hugo final ballots have had between 9 and 12 categories.
To aid your deliberations in deciding which works deserve to be considered for a Retrospective Hugo, Ian Moore has written some blog posts and Fanac.org has uploaded a large number of fanzines from 1943
In order to provide material for those that would like to nominate fan materials for the awards, FANAC.ORG has assembled the list of fanzines published in 1943, with links to those available on line. Several hundred fanzines are already available, and they plan to add more as they become available, so keep checking back! If you have 1943 materials that are not available there, please consider providing them either through scanning them yourself or letting FANAC.ORG scan them. You can contact them about it at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be announced on the first day of Dublin 2019, 15 August 2019.