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Useful Notes / John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer

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The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (not to be confused with the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best SF novel) is an award given out each year since 1973 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 their legendary "Golden Age" editor, John W. Campbell, who personally discovered many of SF's best-known writers.


One big difference between the Campbell 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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