Science Fiction Awards Watch

Monday, January 23, 2012

Chicago, Illinois, USA – Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon), today issued a reminder that the deadline is fast approaching to gain the right to nominate for the 2012 Hugo Awards and John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

To be entitled to submit a nomination ballot you must join Chicon 7 or LoneStarCon 3 (the 2013 Worldcon) as a Supporting, Attending, or Young Adult member by January 31, 2012, or have been a Supporting or Attending member of Renovation, the 2011 Worldcon. Nomination ballots must be received by Sunday, March 11, 2012, 23:59 PDT.

After the finalists are announced, all Supporting, Attending, and Young Adult members of Chicon 7 (including all members who join prior to the closing date of the final ballot) will be invited to submit ballots to select the Hugo winners. Chicon 7 members will also be eligible to nominate for the 2013 Hugo Awards to be hosted next year by LoneStarCon 3, the 71st Worldcon, in San Antonio, Texas.

The Hugo Awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring literature, art, and media as well as the genre’s fans. The Hugo Awards were first presented at the 1953 World Science Fiction Convention in Philadelphia (Philcon II), and they have continued to honor science fiction and fantasy notables for nearly 60 years.

In addition to the fifteen existing award categories, Chicon 7 has also exercised its right to create an additional, one-time Hugo Award. Chicon 7 will therefore be presenting the first ever Hugo for “Best Fancast” to recognize the wide variety of high quality, non-professional audio- and video-casts which are now being produced.

More information about the Hugo Awards, including details about how to submit a nominating ballot, is available from www.chicon.org/hugo-awards.php.

For additional information, contact us at hugoadmin@chicon.org.

ENDS

Chicon 7 is the 2012 World Science Fiction Convention (“Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939 and Worldcons have been held annually since then except for 1942-45 when there was no event due to World War II. Chicon 7′s Guests of Honor are five-time Hugo winning author Mike Resnick, artist Rowena Morrill, art agent and collector Jane Frank, science fiction fan and former Worldcon chair Peggy Rae Sapienza, and astronaut Story Musgrave. Chicon 7′s Toastmaster is John Scalzi.

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