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Who’s Winning All the Hugos?

Who’s Winning All the Hugos?

In the world of science fiction and fantasy short stories, getting a Hugo Award is like winning an Oscar. As a short story writer currently in the throes of submitting her work, I’ve been really interested in which anthologies tend to get their stories nominated for, and win, Hugos. Of course getting something published in one of these carries no guarantee of success, but it does demonstrate the fact that there are Hugo-voting eyeballs looking at these collections. I figure if I want to make the team, it’s a good idea to show up for tryouts.

Since making bar graphs is apparently my definition of fun, the following charts are all created by me. The data was collected from the Hugo Awards website.

The graph below illustrates which publications have had their short stories nominated for a Hugo in the last twenty years.

As you can see, Asimov’s has dominated the short story Hugo Awards with 38 nominations in the last two decades. Analog and the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction come in second with 10 each, Clarkesworld goes for bronze with 7, and Tor gets an honorable mention with 6.

When it comes to actual wins, not just nominations, the odds are even more stark. Asimov’s has 11, while the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction is the only other publication with more than one. However! It’s worth noting that this trend has changed greatly in recent years. Short stories online have grown in popularity, new anthologies are popping up every day, and there’s been a relatively recent pushback to the not-so-affectionately called Sad Puppies, as well as the Rabid Puppies.

For whatever reason, Asimov’s actually drops off the list of short story nominees completely in 2013. 

Currently, the 2018 nominees are:

  • “Carnival Nine,” by Caroline M. Yoachim (Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2017)
  • “Clearly Lettered in a Mostly Steady Hand,” by Fran Wilde (Uncanny, September 2017)
  • “Fandom for Robots,” by Vina Jie-Min Prasad (Uncanny, September/October 2017)
  • “The Martian Obelisk,” by Linda Nagata (, July 19, 2017)
  • “Sun, Moon, Dust” by Ursula Vernon, (Uncanny, May/June 2017)
  • “Welcome to your Authentic Indian Experience™,” by Rebecca Roanhorse (Apex, August 2017)

We won’t know who this year’s winners are until August, but that’s three more nominations for Uncanny and one more for Tor and Apex. It’s also the first nomination for a story from Beneath Ceaseless Skies, which is pretty exciting! Look how much it changes the dynamics of our five-year graph:

Over the years, a few of the short story winners have come out of print anthologies, but most of them were published in print and online magazines. If you’re also looking to submit your work, I recommend this very handy list I put together of short story magazines and anthologies currently taking unsolicited submissions. It has a lot more information on many of these anthologies, plus a few more I believe we’ll see make the list in the near future.

Happy writing!

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Top Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Magazines (that accept unsolicited submissions!)

Top Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Magazines (that accept unsolicited submissions!)

For anyone interested, here is my list of science fiction and fantasy magazines/anthologies I plan on submitting my short stories to. These are, in my opinion, the very best SFF collections out there that accept unsolicited submissions. In other words, you can submit your work to them without an agent. I’ll be updating this information as time goes on. I haven’t numbered or rated the venues because they each have different strengths and specialties. Zoetrope, for instance, is the most literary on this list, while Beneath Ceaseless Skies only publishes second-world fantasy. I think it’s a good idea to peruse the list with a specific story in mind and consider which would be the best fit.

Not gonna lie, it’s a very good list.

Here’s a breakdown of what we’re lookin’ at:

  • Title (links to the magazine’s submission guidelines page)
  • If the title is followed by (SFWA), that means publication in the venue qualifies the author for membership in the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.*
  • Pay (in cents) per word and acceptable word counts
  • Notable authors published by the magazine
  • Whether or not submissions are exclusive (you can’t simultaneously submit your story to another venue)
  • Average response time
  • Special notes or exceptions

Analog Science Fiction and Fact (SFWA)
8-10 cents per word for short fiction up to 20,000
6 cents per word for serials up to 40,000-80,000
Published: Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Greg Bear, Ben Bova, David Brin, Lois McMaster Bujold, Michael F. Flynn, Robert A. Heinlein, Geoffrey Landis, Spider Robinson, Robert J. Sawyer, Charles Sheffield, Michael Swanwick, Harry Turtledove, Timothy Zahn, Orson Scott Card, Frank Herbert, Anne McCaffrey
Exclusive (response time 2-4 months, tracking number provided)

Apex Magazine (SFWA)
6 cents per word for short fiction up to 7,500 words
Published: Neil Gaiman, Poppy Z Brite, Cherie Priest, Eugie Foster, Maurice Broaddus, Ben Bova, William F. Nolan, Sara King, Brian Keene
Exclusive (response time 30 days)

Asimov’s Science Fiction (SFWA)
8-10 cents per word for short fiction up to 7,500 (1000 word minimum)
8 cents per word up to 20,000
Published: Isaac Asimov, George R. R. Martin, Octavia E. Butler, Jonathan Lethem, Kim Stanly Robinson, Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, Fran Wilde
Exclusive (response time 5 weeks, tracking number provided)

Beneath Ceaseless Skies (SFWA)
6 cents per word for short fiction up to 14,000
Non-Exclusive, but no Multiple Submissions (response time 1-7 weeks, avg 2-4)
Special note: Fantasy (secondary world) ONLY/ no science fiction

Clarkesworld Magazine (SFWA)
10 cents per word for short fiction up to 5,000 words (1000 word minimum)
8 cents per word up to 16,000 words
Published: Elizabeth Bear, Kij Johnson, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Sarah Monette, Catherynne Valente, Jeff VanderMeer, Peter Watts
Exclusive (response time 2 days, tracking number provided)

Cosmic Roots and Eldritch Shores (SFWA)
6 cents per word for short fiction unlimited (1,000 minimum)
Exclusive (response time 1-12 weeks)
Special note: also accepts podcast, video, comics

Escape Pod (SFWA)
6 cents per word for short fiction 2,000-6,000 words
100 dollars for reprints of any length
Some reprints have won the Hugo
Exclusive (response time 3-6 months)
Special note: sci-fi ONLY/ no fantasy/magical realism

Fireside Fiction (SFWA)
12.5 cents per word for short fiction up to 4,000 words, flash fiction up to 1,000
Published: Amal El-Mohtar, Jennifer Campbell Hicks, Mary Robinette Kowal, Daniel José Older, Chuck Wendig, Caroline M Yoachim, Ken Liu, Kevin Hearne
Exclusive (response time 1 month after close of submission period)

Galaxy’s Edge (SFWA)
7 cents per word for short fiction up to 7,000 words
Published: Orson Scott Card, Mercedes Lackey, George RR Martin, Larry Niven, Lois McMaster Bujold, Gregory Benford, Robert J. Sawyer, Robert A. Heinlein, Kevin J Anderson
Exclusive (response time 6 weeks)

Interzone (does not qualify for SFWA)
4 cents per word for short fiction up to 10,000 words (£30/1000 words)
Published: Brian Aldiss, Sarah Ash, Michael Moorcock, Bruce Sterling, William Gibson, M. John Harrison, Stephen Baxter, Iain M. Banks, J.G. Ballard, Kim Newman, Alastair Reynolds, Harlan Ellison, Greg Egan, Gwyneth Jones, Jonathan Lethem, Geoff Ryman, Rachel Pollack, Charles Stross, Jon Courtenay Grimwood
Exclusive (response time unknown)

Lightspeed (SFWA)
8 cents per word for short fiction 1,500 to 10,000 (5,000 preferred)
Exclusive (response time 2 days, 2 weeks if under consideration)

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (SFWA)
7-12 cents per word for short fiction up to 25,000 words
Published: Stephen King, Walter Miller, Daniel Keyes, David Gerrold, Ursula K. Le Guin, Terry Bisson
Exclusive (response time 8 weeks)

Motherboard: Terraform (SFWA)
20 cents per word for short fiction up to 2,000 words
Exclusive (response time 4 months)
Special note: tech, science, near-future

Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show (SFWA)
6 cents per word for short fiction up to 17,500 words
Published: Peter S. Beagle, David Farland, Tim Pratt, Eugie Foster, Bud Sparhawk, Mary Robinette Kowal, James Maxey, Mette Ivie Harrison, Sharon Shinn, Eric James Stone, Orson Scott Card
Exclusive (response time 3 months)

PodCastle (SFWA)
6 cents per word for short fiction 2,000-6,000, $100 for reprints of any length
Exclusive (response time unknown, narration auditions 3-6 months)
Special note: Fantasy ONLY/ no sci-fi

Strange Horizons (SFWA)
8 cents per word for short fiction up to 10,000 words (5,000 preferred)
Published: Nnedi Okorafor, Saladin Ahmed, Aliette de Bodard, Zen Cho, Nino Cipri, Becky Cloonan, Amal El-Mohtar, Kameron Hurley, N.K. Jemison, Yoon Ha Lee, Ken Liu, George RR Martin, Garth Nix, Naomi Nowak, Yukimi Ogawa, Daniel José Older, John Scalzi, E. Kristin Anderson, Aimee Bender, Gwenda Bond,  Roshani Chokshi, Cory Doctorow, Ursula K. Le Guin, Rachel Hartman, Mary Robinette Kowal, Kelly Link, Sylvia Moreno-Garcia, Phoebe North, Brenna Yovanoff
Exclusive (response time <40 days) (SFWA)
Pay confidential for novella-length fiction from 20,000 to 40,000 words
Published: Maria Dahvana Headley, Karin Tidbeck, Nnedi Okorafor
Exclusive (response time 6+ months)

Uncanny Magazine (SFWA)
8 cents per word for short fiction up to 6,000 words (750 word minimum)
Published: Neil Gaiman, Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Catherynne M. Valente, Charlie Jane Anders, Seanan McGuire, Javier Grillo-Marxuach, Alex Bledsoe, Kameron Hurley and Ken Liu, Amal El-Mohtar
Exclusive (response in 30 days)

Zoetrope All-Story (does not qualify for SFWA)
Pay confidential for short fiction and one-act plays up to 7,000 words
Winner of National Magazine Award, Best American Short Stories, O. Henry and Pushcart Prizes
Published: Gabriel García Márquez, Haruki Murakami, Margaret Atwood, David Benioff, Mary Gaitskill, David Mamet, Ha Jin, Elizabeth McCracken, Yiyun Li, Don DeLillo, Andrew Sean Greer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Salman Rushdie, Woody Allen, Yoko Ogawa, David Means, Susan Straight, Charles D’Ambrosio
Non-exclusive (website states: simultaneous submissions are accepted)

If you see anything that’s become outdated, or if I’ve accidentally omitted pertinent information, please let me know in the comments.

*I’ll talk about why I think qualification for the SFWA is worth prioritizing in a future blog post.
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