A single round of voting open to anyone via the Locus web site.
Voters may rank up to five candidates in each category. Votes are tabulated according to the ‘Carr’ system, awarding a first-place vote 8 points, second-place vote 7 points, etc. The leader in each category is declared the winner.
A list of “nominees” in each category is published, but these are simply the top five candidates in each category. The winners are known to the administrators when the nominee lists are published.
Works published in the prior calendar year, based on actual publication, not official publication date. Locus magazine reserves the right to decide which (if any) category a work is eligible in.
- Science Fiction Novel
- Fantasy Novel
- First Novel
- YA Book
- Short Story
- Art Book
The word lengths for the written fiction categories are the same as for the Hugo Awards.
A plaque and/or certificate, the designs of which vary from year to year.