Hugo Nominations are Open
The 2016 Hugo nominations are now open. I am a nominating member of this year’s WorldCon, so I now have to come up with my favorite things from 2015 and figure out which category they fall into. (Seriously, who knows how many words their favorite shorter works are?)
There are some awesome resources for people trying to remember all the works that are eligible. (In order to be eligible a work must have come out in 2015. This includes works that were completed or collected in 2015, so trade bind-ups of comics, television seasons, podcast seasons all count.)
Many creators publish blog posts with their eligible works from the previous year. There are also great sites like the SFWA Nebula Suggested Reading List or the crowdsourced Hugo Nomination Wiki and GoogleDoc. It takes a little leg work if you haven’t been keeping up with the media you’ve consumed (which I haven’t because I’m terrible,) but it’s not too difficult to do your due diligence before nominating.
And remember, the nominations are supposed to be personal. These are the things you think are the best from 2015. If you think a post you saw on Tumblr was the best related work (or a series of posts on Twitter about Star Wars) then nominate that post. It doesn’t matter at this point what anyone else says about the things you like. These are your nominations.
The nomination period is open until March 31, so there’s no need to panic. There is still plenty of time to read works you missed.
I’ll post later with my nominations. I’m still undecided about many things (isn’t it nice you can edit your ballot until the last second?) The only work I am positive about nominating is Uprooted by Naomi Novik for Best Novel. I loved that book more than I ever would have guessed.