Earlier this month, the nomination process for the 2014 Hugo Awards began. The Hugo Awards are science fiction and fantasy's highest honor and awarded each year by the members of the World Science Fiction Society at WorldCon. To be eligible to nominate you need to be a registered member of either the 2013, 2014 or 2015 WorldCons by January 31. Nominating ballots are due by March 31 and the awards will be announced at this year's WorldCon in London.
As we reported earlier, this is Robert Jordan's final year for Hugo eligibility in the category of "Best Novel" for the Wheel of Time series. However, there are many other categories and works eligible for nomination. If you are planning to nominate for the first time this year, we recommend participating in the process as fully as possible and nominating in several categories. Ballots from first time voters nominating one work in a single category run the risk of being discounted by the Hugo Administrators.
What's eligible for a Hugo? Any work of science fiction or fantasy that was published for the first time in 2013, or translated into English for the first time in 2013. That encompasses a wide variety of novels, short fiction, artwork, graphic novels, TV shows, podcasts and more. Anything you've enjoyed or thought advanced the genre in a new or interesting direction can be nominated. The Hugo Award administrators will select the five most popular in each category to become this year's Hugo nominees.
If you're still uncertain what to nominate, here are some eligible works we'd like to draw your attention to. Remember, these are just our suggestions. Feel free to nominate whatever works you enjoyed last year.
- The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson (We believe that the current WSFS rules allow the nomination of the entire series as a complete work now that it's complete.)
- Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
- The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson
Best Editor (Long Form)
- Harriet McDougal, for her work on editing the Wheel of Time series and ensuring that her husband's vision was completed.
Best Related Work
- Writing Excuses Brandon Sanderson hosts this podcast along with several other authors. It won the Hugo in this category in 2013.
- Dragonmount.com There is unfortunately no category for best fan website, but if you enjoy our work here we'd appreciate the nod.
Best Fan Writer
- Linda Taglieri runs the excellent 13th Depository blog which features the most detailed analysis of the Wheel of Time series online.
- Leigh Butler is the host of the Wheel of Time Re-Read and A Song of Ice and Fire Read for Tor.com.
- Aidan Moher is a long time friend of Dragonmount and hosts the popular review and commentary blog A Dribble of Ink.
- Adam Whitehead maintains The Wertzone, a popular review and fantasy site. He is also a frequent poster to our forums.
- Maureen Carr, AKA "Mashiara Sedai" who writes our popular theory blog "WoT If…" and edits the rest of our columns.
Best Fan Artist
- Amy Dale, for her "Fields of Merrilor" artwork that graces our site.
Best Professional Artist
- Paul Bielaczyc, for his "Dragon Reborn", which is available both as a print and as a t-shirt at Ta'veren Tees.
- Ariel Burgess, for the body of work commissioned by Ta'veren Tees for the 2014 Wheel of Time Calendar.
Additionally, our friends at Tor.com publish a large amount of eligible short fiction and art every year. (In particular, please read "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" by Mary Robinette Kowal.) Also, many of your favorite authors will post on their websites about what eligible works they have this year. If you aren't sure if something you enjoyed was published in 2013, check with the author to be sure.
You can learn more about WorldCon, how the nomination process works and how to register by visiting LonCon's website. Remember, participating in the Hugo nomination process is an important way we recognize the best of science fiction and fantasy each year.