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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), 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 Fanfic but also nonfiction essays and books about other works).

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)

Comic Books (Best Graphic Story except as noted)

Film - Animated (Best Dramatic Presentation/Best Dramatic Presentation -- Long Form)

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)

People - Artists (Best Professional Artist)

People - Authors (John W. Campbell Award for Best New Author (which is not a Hugo), unless noted)

Radio (Best Dramatic Presentation)

Theater (Best Dramatic Presentation)

Web Comics (Best Graphic Story)

  • Girl Genius (volumes eight, nine and ten won Best Graphic Story for 2009, 2010 and 2011, respectively)
  • Schlock Mercenary (nominated 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012)
  • Digger (nominated 2012)

Web Original (Best Dramatic Presentation -- Short Form)

Western Animation - Theatrical Short (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:

Film -- Animated

Film -- Live Action

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

Western Animation - Theatrical Short (Best Dramatic Presentation)