The Hugo Awards

The Hugo Awards recognise and celebrate excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy

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:

Nominations are now open. Members of Dublin 2019 and the 2018 Worldcon, Worldcon 76, 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.
Individual links for online nominating will be supplied to voters by email; members can also visit their registration page to find direct links to the online nominations ballots. For voters who prefer a paper ballot, a form will be included with the convention’s Progress Report 3 and  and can also be downloaded here. Nominations, either by the online system or the mailed paper ballot must be received by Friday 15 March, 2019, 11:59 PDT.

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 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

The 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be announced on the first day of  Dublin 2019, 15 August 2019.