The winners of the 2023 Hugo Award have been announced

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Over the weekend, WorldCon announced that Hugo Prize Winner in Chengdu, China, this year’s host city of one of the oldest genre conventions in the world.

This year was remarkable because Chengdu WorldCon announced that the nominations and voting included “the largest participation of non-English speakers to date in the history of the Hugo Awards.” In addition, Chinese authors and artists brought some hardware with them. “Science fiction author Hai Ya [won] the best novel for him The space-time painter; Science fiction artist Zhao Enzhe [received] the Best Professional Artist Award; And Zero Gravity Newspaper [won] the “Best Fanzine” award, according to a Chengdu WorldCon Notice.

While the fan-favorite cozy fantasy novel Legends & Lattes lost best novel to T. Kingfisher’s excellent horror fantasy Nettle & Bones, Legends & Lattes Author Travis Baldtree won the Astounding Award for Best New Author. Everything everywhere at once secured the film’s top honor, and The wide The final episode achieved the same thing on television, beating out both nominees Andor episodes among others.

Other standouts include short story editor Neil Clarke, who has kept Clarkesworld magazine running despite being inundated with AI-generated submissions earlier this year.

Check out the winners from this year’s awards below, highlighted in bold.

Amazing award for best new author

  • Travis Baldtree
  • Naseem Jamnia
  • Isabel J Kim (2nd year finalist)
  • Maijia Liu
  • Everina Maxwell (finalist in the 2nd year of participation)
  • Weimu Xin (2nd year eligibility finalist)

Lodestar Award for Best Book for Young Adults

  • Akata woman (The Nsibidi Scripts) by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking Books for Young Readers)
  • Drawn in blood by Tracy Deonn (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
  • Dream bigger than heartbreak by Charlie Jane Anders (Tor Teen/Titan Books)
  • The Golden Enclaves by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)
  • In Awakening of the Serpents by Rachel Hartman (Random House Books for Young Readers)
  • Osmo Unknown and the Eightpenny Forest by Catherynne M. Valente (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

Best Fan Artist

  • Iain Clark
  • Richard Mann
  • Laya Rose
  • Alison Scott
  • Sheriff of Spain
  • Orion Smith

Best Fan Author

  • Chris M Barkley
  • Bitter Karella
  • Arthur Liu
  • RiverFlow
  • Jason Sanford
  • Örjan Westin

Best Fancast

  • Coode Street Podcast presented by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe, produced by Jonathan Strahan
  • Hugo, girl! by Haley Zapal, Amy Salley, Lori Anderson and Kevin Anderson
  • Hugo’s there by Seth Heasley
  • Kalanadi created and presented by Rachel
  • Octothorpe by John Coxon, Alison Scott and Liz Batty
  • World building for masochists by Cass Morris, Rowenna Miller, Marshall Ryan Maresca

Best fanzine

  • Chinese Academic SF Express by Latssep and Tianluo_Qi
  • Galactic journey by Gideon Marcus, Janice Marcus, Tammi Bozich, Erica Frank, Arel Lucas and Mark Yon
  • Travel planet by Regina Kanyu Wang, Yen Ooi, Arthur Liu, Jean Martin, Erin Underwood, Steven H. Silver, Pádraig Ó Méalóid and their other co-editors
  • Nerds of a feather by Roseanna Pendlebury, Arturo Serrano, Paul Weimer, Adri Joy, Joe Sherry, Vance Kotrla, G. Brown
  • Unofficial Hugo Book Club Blog by Olav Rokne and Amanda Wakaruk
  • Zero Gravity Newspaper by RiverFlow and Ling Shizhen

Best Semiprozin

  • Rescue capsule, co-editors Mur Lafferty and Valerie Valdes; Editorial assistants Benjamin C. Kinney and Premee Mohamed, host Tina Connolly, producers Summer Brooks and Adam Pracht
  • FIYAHpublished by the entire FIYAH team
  • kōréōpublished by the khōréō team
  • PodCastle, co-editors Shingai Njeri Kagunda and Eleanor R. Wood; Editorial Assistant Sofia Barker; host Matt Dovey; Audio producers Peter Adrian Behravesh, Devin Martin and Eric Valdes
  • Strange horizons, published by the Strange Horizons editorial team
  • Uncanny Magazine, publishers and editors-in-chief: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas; Managing Director/Poetry Editor Chimedum Ohaegbu; Editor-in-Chief Monte Lin; nonfiction editor Meg Elison; Podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky

Best Professional Artist

  • Siya Hong
  • Kuri Huang
  • Paul Lewin
  • Alyssa Winans
  • Jian Zhang
  • Enzhe Zhao

Best Editor, Long Form

  • Ruoxi Chen
  • Lindsey Hall
  • Lee Harris
  • Sarah peed
  • Huan Yan
  • Haijun Yao

Best Editor, Short Form

  • Scott H. Andrews
  • Neil Clarke
  • Oghenechovwe Donald Ekpeki
  • Sheree Renee Thomas
  • Xu Wang
  • Feng Yang

Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form

  • Andor: “One Way Out,” written by Beau Willimon, Tony Gilroy and George Lucas, directed by Toby Haynes (Lucasfilm)
  • Andor: “Rix Road”, written by Tony Gilroy and George Lucas, directed by Benjamin Caron (Lucasfilm)
  • The wide: “Babylon’s Ashes,” written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck, Naren Shankar, directed by Breck Eisner (Alcon Entertainment)
  • For all humanity: “Stranger in a Strange Land,” written by Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, directed by Craig Zisk (Tall Ship Productions/Sony Pictures Television)
  • She-Hulk: Lawyer: “Whose Show Is This?” written by Jessica Gao, Francesca Gailes and Jacqueline Gailes, directed by Kat Coiro (Marvel Entertainment)
  • Stranger Things: “Chapter Four: Dear Billy,” written by Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer and Paul Töpfer, directed by Shawn Levy (21 Laps Entertainment)

Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form

  • Avatar: The Way of Water, Screenplay by James Cameron, Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver, Directed by James Cameron (Lightstorm Entertainment / TSG Entertainment II)
  • Black Panther: Wakanda ForeverWritten by Ryan Coogler and Joe Robert Cole, directed by Ryan Coogler (Marvel Studios)
  • Everything everywhere at onceScreenplay by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Sheinert (IAC Films / Gozie AGBO)
  • Nowritten by Jordan Peele, directed by Jordan Peele (Universal Pictures / Monkeypaw Productions)
  • severance pay (Season 1), written by Dan Erickson, Anna Ouyang Moench et al., directed by Ben Stiller and Aoife McArdle (Red Hour Productions / Fifth Season)
  • To reddenScreenplay by Julia Cho and Domee Shi, directed by Domee Shi (Walt Disney Studios / Pixar Animation Studios)

Best related work

  • Blood, Sweat and Chrome: The Wild and True Story of Mad Max: Fury Road by Kyle Buchanan (William Morrow)
  • Buffalito World Outreach Project by Lawrence M. Schoen (Paper Golem LLC)
  • Chinese Science Fiction, An Oral History, Volume 1 by Yang Feng (Chengdu Times Press)
  • “The Ghost of Workshops Past” by SL Huang (
  • Still Just a Geek: An Annotated Treatise by Wil Wheaton (William Morrow)
  • Terry Pratchett: A Life of Footnotes by Rob Wilkins (Doubleday)

Best graphic story or comic

  • Cyberpunk 2077: Big City Dreams by Bartosz Sztybor, Filipe Andrade, Alessio Fioriniello, Roman Titov, Krzysztof Ostrowski (Dark Horse Books)
  • Dune: The official graphic novel for the film by Lilah Sturges, Drew Johnson, Zid (Legendary Comics)
  • Monstress Vol. 7: Devourer by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (Image Comics)
  • Once & Future Volume 4: Monarchies in the United Kingdom by Kieron Gillen / Dan Mora (BOOM! Studios)
  • Saga, Vol. 10 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples, Fonografiks (Image Comics)
  • Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow by Tom King, Bilquis Evely and Matheus Lopes (DC Comics)

Best series

  • children of time Series by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Pan Macmillan/Orbit)
  • The Founders Trilogy by Robert Jackson Bennett (Del Rey)
  • The locked tomb by Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)
  • October day by Seanan McGuire (DAW)
  • Rivers of London by Ben Aaronovich (Orion)
  • The Scholomance by Naomi Novik (Del Rey)

Best short story

  • “DIY” by John Wiswell (, August 2022)
  • “On the Razor’s Edge” by Jiang Bo (Science fiction worldJanuary 2022)
  • “Rabbit Test” by Samantha Mills (Uncanny MagazineNovember-December 2022)
  • “Resurrection” by Ren Qing (Future fiction/science fiction worldDecember 2022)
  • “The White Cliff” by Lu Ban (Science fiction worldMay 2022)
  • “Zhurong on Mars” by Regina Kanyu Wang (BoundariesSeptember 2022)

Best novella

  • “The Difference Between Love and Time” by Catherynne M. Valente (Someone in Time: Stories of Cross-Time RomanceSolaris)
  • “An Electric Mother’s Dream” by Wole Talabi (Africa Risen: A New Era of Speculative FictionTordotcom)
  • “When You Find Yourself Talking to God, Address God with Your Informal Self” by John Chu (Uncanny MagazineJuly-August 2022)
  • “Murder by Pixels: Crime and Responsibility in the Digital Darkness” by SL Huang (ClarkesworldDecember 2022)
  • “The Space-Time Painter” by Hai Ya (Galaxy’s EdgeApril 2022)
  • “We built this city” by Marie Vibbert (ClarkesworldJune 2022)

Best novella

  • Even though I knew the ending by CL Polk (Tordotcom)
  • To the Riverlands by Nghi Vo (Tordotcom)
  • A repaired mirror by Alix E. Harrow (Tordotcom)
  • Ogres by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Solaris)
  • What moves the dead by T. Kingfisher (Nightfire)
  • Where the drowned girls go by Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)

Best novel

  • Doctor Moreau’s daughter by Silvia Moreno-Garcia (Del Rey)
  • The Kaiju Preservation Society by John Scalzi (Tor Books)
  • Legends & Lattes by Travis Baldree (Tor Books)
  • Nona the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir (Tordotcom)
  • Nettle and bones by T. Kingfisher (Tor Books)
  • The substitute by Mary Robinette Kowal (Tor Books)

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