Hugo Clarification Time

It is that time of year when people do Hugo recommendation podcasts in which they say things along the lines of, “I haven’t got a clue what the rules actually are, but if I say anything wrong I’m sure that Kevin Standlee and Cheryl Morgan will correct me”. In order to head some of this off at the pass, here are a few useful links.

Firstly it is not true that no one knows what magazines are eligible for Semiprozine any more. Nor is it the case that there are only a handful of semiprozines that are still eligible. You can find a list of eligible works here.

Also it is not true that no one knows who is eligible for the Campbell. As always, Writertopia maintains a list.

In both of these cases, if you think you should be on the list and are not, contact the people who run those websites, not me.

There is a real problem with Editor: Long Form, as most publishing houses still don’t credit editors. The SF Editor Wiki was intended to combat this, but in addition to the spam issues it simply wasn’t getting updated, which is why I was happy to let it die. I’ll try to do some research on who edited popular novels from 2012.

And finally, Kevin has done a post on the thorny question of what “professional” means in a Hugo context.

You are, of course, welcome to still cast the Summon Cheryl spell in cases of need, but hopefully the above will mean that Kevin and I are less busy this year.

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6 Responses to Hugo Clarification Time

  1. Debbie Moorhouse says:

    I rather like the idea of a Summon Cheryl spell. Must research that.

  2. Thanks for the Writertopia list link. E-mail duly sent to them to let them know their list is missing someone.

    (In case anyone reading this is still looking for recommendations: Laurie Frankel, author of Goodbye For Now, which I’m also putting on my ballot for Best Novel.)

  3. Ian Mond says:

    Thank you very much for the links. They’ll definitely come in handy.

    • I’ve added the Campbell and Semiprozine links to the Hugo Awards Web Site “Third Party Recommendation” section in the sidebar as well, so they’re easier to find when needed.

  4. Susan Loyal says:

    May I please point out that, while Writertopia certainly does maintain a list, the list is headed with the following declaration: “2013 eligible authors should contact us for inclusion in the list.”

    Based on my experience of the past two years, although everyone on the list is certainly eligible, not everyone who is eligible is necessarily on the list. Please, debut authors, contact the nice people at Writertopia and get on the list! Otherwise, I (and possibly others as well) will assume you published a story somewhere in an outlying year and are ineligible, and I will not nominate you, when I very well might have done!

    The semiprozine list is wonderful. Thank you for the link.

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