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Useful Notes / Astounding Award for Best New Writer

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The Astounding Award for Best New Writer is an award given out each year by the same folks that give out the Hugo Award. It is selected the same way as the Hugos, and the nominees appear on the same ballot, and the prize is given at the same ceremony, but it is officially not a Hugo.

Though it is administered and run by the members of the World Science Fiction Convention, just like the Hugos, it is sponsored by Analog magazine, and is named for the magazine's former name, Astounding Science Fiction.

The award was established in 1973 as the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (not to be confused with the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel), after the legendary "Golden Age" editor of Astounding and Analog, John W. Campbell, who personally discovered many of SF's best-known writers. The award was renamed in 2019, effective for 2020, due to discontent with Campbell's legacy of editorials and opinions on race and other issues, culminating in the 2019 winner, Jeannette Ng, calling Campbell a "fascist" during her acceptance speech.

One big difference between the Astounding and the Hugo is that the eligibility period is two years. Any writer whose first professional publication was within the previous two years (and who hasn't already won the award) is eligible to be nominated. This means that many authors end up getting nominated twice.

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Alternative Title(s): John W Campbell Award For Best New Writer