Hugo/Campbell Nomination Deadlines (DeepGenre)

Hugo/Campbell Nomination Deadlines (DeepGenre)

The deadline to submit nominations for the Hugo Awards and for the John W. Campbell Best New Science Fiction Writer Award is not until March 3, 2007. Plenty of time. However… in order to nominate someone, you must have either been an attending or supporting member of last year’s WorldCon in Anaheim, CA or this year’s WorldCon in Yokohama, Japan by January 31, 2007.

In other words… if you didn’t attend WorldCon last year, and you don’t intend to trek out to Japan this year, you have until tomorrow, January 31, to pay for a $50 supporting membership if you want to submit nominations. The official nomination page says you must be a member “before January 31, 2007.” I assume that means “before the midnight Greenwich Mean Time that occurs between January 31, 2007 and February 1, 2007,” but like so many other things in science fiction fandom, that’s not clear.

Among the eligible candidates for the Campbell listed on the Writertopia Eligibility Page are my friends Cat Rambo, Mary Robinette Kowal, Maria V. Snyder, and Joel Shepherd. Other names of note on the list include Brandon Sanderson, Naomi Novik, Justine Larbalestier, Cherie Priest, and Alma Alexander. Also included are some folks who stop by to make comments on this website from time to time, like Elaine Isaak and Marie Brennan. And then, of course, there’s, um, me, [David Louis Edelman] and that’s all I’ll say about it.

Besides the coolness of actually being eligible for the Campbell, I’d like to point out that you can nominate Shimmer for a Hugo as best semiprozine.

ETA: Thanks to Kevin Standlee for correcting my misinterpretation of the Hugo definition of semiprozine.

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3 Responses

  1. Kevin Standlee

    I assume that means “before the midnight Greenwich Mean Time that occurs between January 31, 2007 and February 1, 2007,”

    The exact wording in the WSFS Constitution is section 3.7.1:

    Each member of either the administering or the immediately preceding Worldcon as of January 31 of the current calendar year shall be allowed to make up to five (5) equally weighted nominations in every category.

    The Constitution is silent as to determining when the day begins and ends. Historically, the time zone in which the Hugo Awards Administrator is located or where the convention site is located have been used (these are not always the same time zone). Therefore, the Hugo Administrator gets to decide. You might want to write to her for clarification of the precise moment they plan to use for such cut-offs; however, it’s generally better to avoid the issue entirely by joining or voting earlier than that.

  2. Kevin Standlee

    I’d like to point out that you can nominate Shimmer for a Hugo as best fanzine. As much as I wish I could tell you that we qualify as semi-pro, we don’t, since none of the staff get paid.

    Payment is only one of the five criteria for qualification as a semiprozine. You have to meet two of these five:
    (1) had an average press run of at least one thousand (1000) copies per issue,

    (2) paid its contributors and/or staff in other than copies of the publication,

    (3) provided at least half the income of any one person,

    (4) had at least fifteen percent (15%) of its total space occupied by advertising,

    (5) announced itself to be a semiprozine.

    As you say you would prefer to be considered a semiprozine, you already meet criteria 5. Do any of the other four criteria fit?

  3. Mary Robinette Kowal

    Ah. Interesting, I was reading quickly and misread that. I thought that a magazine had to meet all of the criteria. We meet numbers 2 & 5. So, goodie. Vote for Shimmer for semiprozine!

    Thanks for pointing that out.