Hugo Awards

Hugo Awards

Hugo Finalist Announcement
The Finalists for the 2024 Hugo Awards, Astounding Award, and Lodestar Award were announced on Friday, 29th March at 3 pm UTC in person at Eastercon and online across the Glasgow 2024 social media platforms. The video announcement can be watched below or via our Youtube channel. The full list of finalists is now available.

Announcement of Hugo Award Finalists

The Hugo Award® is the leading award for excellence in the field of science fiction and fantasy. The Hugos were first presented in 1953 and have been awarded every year since 1955 by the members of the World Science Fiction Society (Worldcon members) at the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon). The complete list of Hugo Award winners can be found at the official Hugo Award website. The current rules for the Hugo Awards are contained in Article 3 of the WSFS Constitution.

The 2024 Hugo Awards, the Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the Astounding Award for Best New Writer, will be presented at the formal Hugo Awards Ceremony, taking place on Sunday night (11 August) at Glasgow 2024. We will also be streaming the ceremony around the world.

15th February, 2024 – Glasgow 2024 has released a statement from the Chair in regards to the Hugo Awards.

Hugo Award logo
Hugo Award Logo

The Awards

As the current year’s Worldcon, Glasgow 2024 is responsible for presenting the following awards for work published in 2023 (see the Constitution for detailed category and eligibility definitions).

  • The Hugo Awards
  • The Lodestar Award for Best Young Adult Book
  • The Astounding Award for Best New Writer

(The Lodestar and Astounding Awards are not Hugos but are selected and presented alongside them at the Worldcon).

Glasgow 2024 has the right to also award the 1949 Retro Hugo Awards (for works published in 1948). Glasgow 2024 has decided that rather than focusing narrowly on works from 1948 via formal Retro Hugo Awards, we prefer to honour science fiction and fantasy creators of that era with a historical retrospective that will showcase written works, art, music and film of post-war fandom (1946-1949). And in line with Glasgow 2024’s theme ‘A Worldcon for our Futures’, we will also be extending our imagination into what Science Fiction and Fantasy might look like 75 years from now, at the end of this century. We want to celebrate our past as well as create space for explorations into the future.

Voting Process

Voting for the Hugo Awards takes place in two stages. The first stage, nomination, was open to anyone who had a Supporting or Attending membership in the previous or current Worldcon as of January 31, 2024. For Glasgow 2024, this meant members of Chengdu 2023 (the 2023 Worldcon) and Glasgow 2024 itself. During this stage, members were able to nominate any eligible work or person.

The second stage of voting is the final ballot. This stage is only open to Glasgow 2024 members (including those who joined after January 31, 2024 and at any point prior to the close of voting a few weeks before the convention). In the final ballot, members choose between the shortlisted finalists in each category.

Details of how to vote in the final ballot process will be announced during April 2024.

The History of the Hugos

Full information on the history of the Hugos, including a list of all past winners and finalists, can be found on the official Hugo Awards website.

We have also provided this introduction, with particular focus on the Glasgow 2024 Hugos and those from previous Glasgow Worldcons.

2024 Trophy Designs

The Hugo Award “rocket” has a standard form from year to year. However the Hugo Award trophy base, and the design of the Lodestar Award, are chosen by each year’s Worldcon, typically reflecting the host site.

We are delighted to announce that Iain J. Clark will be designing the 2024 Hugo Award base, and that Sara Felix will be designing the 2024 Lodestar Award. Full information on the 2024 designers, and past bases, can be found here.