Hugo Awards 2016: Nominations, Tentative Ballots and Eligibility

It’s that time of year again – awards season is here! Today we will be talking about the Hugo Awards!

The Hugo Award

The Hugo Awards are a fan award and one of longest-running and most prestigious under the SFF umbrella. Each year the winners are announced at the World Science Fiction Convention (aka WorldCon). Worldcon 2016 or MidAmeriCon II, will take place in Kansas City, August 17-21. We Smugglers have already signed up to attend the convention!

Now, even if you are not attending MidAmeriCon II, please note that ANY SFF fan can sign up for a supporting membership ($50) which gives you the right to nominate and vote for the Hugos – this year’s nominating process is already open.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You will need to become a member by January 31, 2016 to secure your nominating rights for this year’s Hugo Awards.

For more information on how to become a member, check out the MidAmericon II website and the official Hugo Awards official website.

On The Book Smugglers’ Eligibility

We are currently eligible for the Best Semiprozine category. Our Year in Review lists some of the best content from our blog last year for your consideration.

Book Smugglers Publishing (BSP jpg)

In addition, the short stories, novelettes and anthologies we edited and published last year are also eligible for…

Best Short Story:

The Bridegroom

Cover art by Kristina Tsenova

Best Novelette:


Cover art by Melanie Cook

Best Related Work:

Cover art by Kenda Montgomery

Cover art by Kenda Montgomery

Speculative Fiction 2014, edited by the dynamic duo Renee Williams and Shaun Duke–with a foreword by Kate Elliott, wicked cool cover art by Kenda Montgomery, and featuring over 50 all-star contributors.

Best Fancast:


Fangirl Happy Hour: the podcast that Ana co-hosts with Renay.

Thanks for considering us and our authors!


It’s time now to talk about what we are nominating! Today, we reveal our tentative, early picks. NOTE: We obviously haven’t read, watched or listened to everything and we are completely open to suggestions.

Without further ado, we give you our current picks for (certain categories on) the 2016 ballot!

Best Novel

The Fifth Season The Traitor Baru Cormorant



For more potential picks for consideration, here are our Top 10 Books of 2015.

Best Novella


Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)

Mad Max

  • Mad Max Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Jurassic World

Best Graphic Story


  • Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
  • Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and artist Valentine De Landro
  • Vertigo CMYK: Black (Vol 4), Various Authors
  • Wayward: String Theory (Vol 1) by Jim Zub

Best Semiprozine

Best Fanzine

Best Fan Writer


John W Campbell Award


Over to you! Suggestions and comments are most welcome.

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