Useful Notes / Hugo Award

The Hugo Awards have been in existence since 1953 and are among the most prominent awards given out for works of Science Fiction and Fantasy (the other most known one being the Nebula Award). The name comes from Hugo Gernsback, the magazine editor who founded Amazing Stories magazine back in 1926 and was influential in bringing the sci-fi genre to popularity.

Contenders for a Hugo are nominated and voted on by the World Science Fiction Society, whose paid membership is open to the general public. The current award categories include Best written works (novel, novella, novelette, short story; fanfiction is eligible for these awards), long and short form "Dramatic Presentation" (which includes "film, television, radio, live theater, computer games or music"), anthology and magazine editors, professional artist, Best Graphic Story (added in 2009) and categories for Fan-Art, fanzines and fan writing (including nonfiction essays and books about other works).

The Japanese equivalent to the Hugo Award is the Seiun Award.


Works with a Hugo nomination that have pages on this wiki include:

Anime (Best Dramatic Presentation — Long Form)

Audio Play (Best Dramatic Presentation)

Comic Books (Best Graphic Story except as noted)

Film - Animated (Best Dramatic Presentation/Best Dramatic Presentation — Long Form)

Film - Live Action (Best Dramatic Presentation/Best Dramatic Presentation — Long Form)

Literature (Best Novel except as noted)

Live-Action TV (Best Dramatic Presentation/Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form except as noted)

Music (Best Dramatic Presentation)

People - Artists (Best Professional Artist)

People - Authors (John W. Campbell Award for Best New Author (which is not a Hugo), unless noted)

People - Other
  • Mark Oshiro (nominated for Best Fan Writer 2013, 2014)
  • Vox Day (nominated for Best Editor — Long Form 2016)

Radio (Best Dramatic Presentation)

Real Life (Best Dramatic Presentation)

Theater (Best Dramatic Presentation)

Web Comics (Best Graphic Story)
  • Girl Genius (volumes eight, nine and ten won Best Graphic Story for 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively. Volume 13 nominated 2014)
  • Schlock Mercenary (nominated 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013)
  • Digger (won 2012)
  • xkcd Time (won 2014)

Web Video (Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form except as noted)

Western Animation (Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form)

Retro Hugos

These were given for years in which a Worldcon was held but the Hugo Awards were not presented. (Note: The naming follows the same convention as regular Hugos — so, a work can be nominated e.g. for the 1939 Retro Hugos if it appeared in 1938.)

Comic Books
  • Action Comics #1 (received Special Award for 1939 in 2014note )
  • Batman #1 (nominated for 1941 in 2016)
  • Captain Marvel: "Introducing Captain Marvel" (Whiz Comics #2) (nominated for 1941 in 2016)
  • Flash Gordon: "The Ice Kingdom of Mongo" arc (nominated for 1941 in 2016)
  • The Spirit: "The Origin of the Spirit" (nominated for 1941 in 2016)
  • The Spectre: "The Spectre"/"The Spectre Strikes!" (More Fun Comics #52/53) (nominated for 1941 in 2016)

Film — Animated

Film — Live Action

Literature (Best Novel/Novella/Novelette/Short Story)

Live Action TV (Best Dramatic Presentation
  • R.U.R. (nominated for 1939 in 2014)

People - Authors (Best Fan Writer)

Radio - Best Dramatic Presentation

Western Animation - Theatrical Short (Best Dramatic Presentation)