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. Howeverâ€¦ in order to nominate someone, you must have either been an attending or supporting member of last yearâ€™s WorldCon in Anaheim, CA or this yearâ€™s WorldCon in Yokohama, Japan by January 31, 2007.
In other wordsâ€¦ if you didnâ€™t attend WorldCon last year, and you donâ€™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 â€œbefore January 31, 2007.â€ I assume that means â€œbefore the midnight Greenwich Mean Time that occurs between January 31, 2007 and February 1, 2007,â€ but like so many other things in science fiction fandom, thatâ€™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, thereâ€™s, um, me, [David Louis Edelman] and thatâ€™s all Iâ€™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.