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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 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is another, separate award given by the same folks at the same time, at the same event.

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)

  • Batman comics:
  • Watchmen (won Other Forms in 1988)
  • The Dresden Files: Welcome to the Jungle (nominated in 2009)
  • Fables:
    • War and Pieces (nominated in 2009)
    • Advertisement:
    • The Dark Ages (nominated in 2010)
    • Witches (nominated in 2011)
    • Rose Red (nominated in 2012)
  • Y: The Last Man ("Whys and Wherefores" nominated in 2009)
  • Serenity: Better Days (nominated in 2009)
  • Captain Britain and MI13 ("Vampire State" nominated in 2010)
  • The Unwritten:
    • "Inside Man" (nominated in 2011)
    • "Leviathan" (nominated in 2012)
  • Locke & Key:
    • "Keys to the Kingdom" (nominated in 2012)
    • "Clockworks" (nominated in 2013)
  • Saga:
    • Volume 1 (won in 2013)
    • Volume 2 (nominated in 2014)
    • Volume 3 (nominated in 2015)
    • Volume 6 (nominated in 2017)
    • Volume 7 (nominated in 2018)
    • Volume 9 (nominated in 2019)
  • Grandville ("Bete Noire" nominated in 2013)
  • Saucer Country ("Run" nominated in 2013)
  • Ms. Marvel (2014):
    • "No Normal" (won in 2015)
    • "Super Famous" (nominated in 2017)
  • Rat Queens ("Sass And Sorcery" nominated in 2015)
  • Sex Criminals ("One Weird Trick" nominated in 2015)
  • The Sandman ("Overture" won in 2016)
  • Monstress:
    • "Awakening" (won in 2017)
    • "The Blood" (won in 2018)
    • "Haven" (nominated in 2019)
  • Black Panther:
    • "A Nation Under Our Feet" (nominated in 2017)
    • "Long Live the King" (nominated in 2019)
  • Paper Girls:
    • Volume 1 (nominated in 2017)
    • Volume 3 (nominated in 2018)
    • Volume 4 (nominated in 2019)
  • The Vision (2015) ("Never Worse Than A Man" nominated in 2017)
  • Black Bolt ("Hard Time" nominated in 2018)
  • Bitch Planet ("President Bitch" nominated in 2018)

Creators - Artists (Best Professional Artist)

Creators - Writers See also: John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

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

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)

Radio (Best Dramatic Presentation)

Real Life (Best Dramatic Presentation)


  • Interzone (Nominated every year from 1986 to 2012, and in 2014; won in 1995)

Tabletop Games

  • Dungeons & Dragons Art and Arcana: A Visual History (nominated for Best Art Book in 2019)

Theater (Best Dramatic Presentation)

Webcomics (Best Graphic Story)


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 a Special Award for 1939 in 2014note )
  • Batman #1 (won for 1941 in 2016)
  • Captain Marvel: "Introducing Captain Marvel" (Whiz Comics #2) (nominated for 1941 in 2016)
  • Flash Gordon:
    • "The Ice Kingdom of Mongo" (nominated for 1941 in 2016)
    • "Fiery Desert of Mongo" (nominated for 1944 in 2019)
  • 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)
  • Buck Rogers: "Martians Invade Jupiter" (nominated for 1944 in 2019)
  • Plastic Man #1: "The Game of Death" (nominated for 1944 in 2019)
  • Tintin: "The Secret of the Unicorn" (nominated for 1944 in 2019)
  • Wonder Woman #5: "Battle for Womanhood" (nominated for 1944 in 2019)

Film — Animated (Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form except as noted)

  • Cinderella (nominated for Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form 1951 in 2001)
  • Fantasia (won for Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form 1941 in 2016)
  • Pinocchio (won 1941 in 2016)
  • Bambi (won 1943 in 2018)

Film — Live Action (Best Dramatic Presentation — Long Form except as noted)

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

Live Action TV

  • R.U.R. (nominated for 1939 in 2014)

People (Best Editor, except as noted)

Radio - Best Dramatic Presentation(Best Dramatic Presentation / Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form, except as noted)

Western Animation - Theatrical Short (Best Dramatic Presentation / Best Dramatic Presentation — Short Form, except as noted)


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