The short story is a wonderful prose form. It is good for readers with limited time. It permits tight, creative stories. It is good for ideas and characters that do not necessarily require a novel to portray. For all of these reasons, I believe it is a particularly good form for the science-fiction genre, which is widely considered to be a genre of ideas.
So it seemed quite a shame in 2013, when there were only three, instead of the usual five, Hugo Award nominations in the category of short story—not that the nominees weren’t qualified. Those three stories were excellent. But I would have liked more.
The shame was even greater to the extent that the reason only three nominees were presented was because there were not enough nominations in the category to permit the selection of the usual five (sometimes six) nominees in the category.
Anyone that is a member of the World Science Fiction society can nominate short stories for a Hugo Award and anyone can become a World Science Fiction Society member by purchasing a membership in the current World Science Fiction Convention—this year, Loncon 3. The minimum cost for a member (not including the infant price) is US$40 through February 28, 2014 for a “Supporting Membership,” which has all the benefits of regular membership except a pass to attend the convention in person.
So let’s see the nominations of short stories swell this year to unparalleled proportion. If you are a science fiction fan or writer, and can afford the freight of a membership, join the WSFS by becoming a member of Loncon 3 or Sasquan (and if you can’t afford it, then skip joining, but please recommend stories here), find one or more short stories in SF or F that were published in 2013 (either from a print magazine of which there are a number, or online—in fact there are any online magazines that are free to read), and (1) nominate them, and (2) use the LEAVE A REPLY feature on this page to suggest to others that they consider the story(ies) for Hugo Award nomination.
The eligibility requirements for a 2014 Hugo Award short story nomination can be found HERE.
Here are also a few links to other sites where Hugo Award eligible works are discussed, although not necessarily limited to just short stories.
- The 2014 Award Consideration Post (whatever.scalzi.com)
- Hugo award nominations are open (boingboing.net)
- Nominate My Story (jcconway.com)
- Awards Eligibility (paulcornell.com)
- Obligatory Awards Awareness Post (seldnei.wordpress.com)
- The Hugo Award Nomination Window is Now Open (whatever.scalzi.com)
- Tor.com’s Hugo and Nebula-Eligible Fiction from 2013 (tor.com)
- Could The Wheel of Time Win a Hugo Award? (tor.com)
- Adam Roberts on SF/F Award Awareness Posts (whatever.scalzi.com)
- Works eligible for science fiction awards (boingboing.net)