Last weekend, I started entering my Hugo ballot. I’ve currently provided all five available nominations in the following categories:
- Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form)
- Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form)
- Best Professional Artist
- Best Fancast
I’ve also provided a few nominations for:
- Best Fan Writer
- The John W. Campbell Award (not a Hugo)
There are A LOT of categories that I have not touched and that’s largely because I don’t really read short stories. I will definitely nominate five novels before the end of the month, but I want to N.K. Jemison’s The Fifth Season before I do so. I may ultimately try to sneak in one more novel, but we’ll see.
This has been a pretty fun process, but it kind of takes a lot of planning and research. I ended up creating a document to track the various categories. Basically, any time I came across a really cool book cover or watch an especially good episode of television, I noted it in the document. But even then, I found that I had to look up a lot of information in order to fill out the ballot. I’m kind of surprised just how laborious the entire process is, but perhaps that simply reflects the passion of the community.
Anyways, I’m looking forward to submitting my nominations and seeing the shortlists (which I think come out around Easter). It will be interesting to see if other voters liked any of the same works that I did. And then I’ll have to read some of the other nominated works so I can make an informed vote, which doesn’t sound bad at all.