Hugo Award for Best Fancast
|Hugo Award for Best Fancast|
|Awarded for||The best non-professional science fiction or fantasy video or audio series published in the prior calendar year|
|Presented by||World Science Fiction Society|
|Currently held by||SF Squeecast|
The Hugo Awards are given every year by the World Science Fiction Society for the best science fiction or fantasy works and achievements of the previous year. The award is named after Hugo Gernsback, the founder of the pioneering science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, and was once officially known as the Science Fiction Achievement Award. It has been described as "a fine showcase for speculative fiction" and "the best known literary award for science fiction writing".
The Hugo Award for Best Fancast is awarded to any generally available non-professional audio or video periodical devoted to science fiction, fantasy or related subjects that has released four or more episodes by the end of the previous calendar year, at least one of which appeared in that year, and that does not qualify as a dramatic presentation. The Hugo Award for Best Fancast was first approved at Renovation in 2011. In order for it to become an official category, it needed to be ratified at Chicon 7 in 2012, which it was. Chicon 7 had the opportunity to present a one-off Hugo and elected to present a Hugo for Best Podcast, which closely followed the proposed language for the Best Fancast category which then began on an official basis the following year.
Hugo Award nominees and winners are chosen by supporting or attending members of the annual World Science Fiction Convention, or Worldcon, and the presentation evening constitutes its central event. The selection process is defined in the World Science Fiction Society Constitution as instant-runoff voting with five nominees, except in the case of a tie. These five fancasts on the ballot are the five most-nominated by members that year, with no limit on the number of fancasts that can be nominated. Initial nominations are made by members in January through March, while voting on the ballot of five nominations is performed roughly in April through July, subject to change depending on when that year's Worldcon is held. Worldcons are generally held near the start of September, and are held in a different city around the world each year.
SF Squeecast, created by Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente, won the award in 2012, out of a field of five. All five fancasts were chosen again as nominees for the upcoming awards in 2013.
 Winners and nominees
In the following table, the years correspond to the date of the ceremony, rather than when the story was first published. Entries with a blue background have won the award; those with a white background are the other nominated works. Note that the 2012 award was actually for Best Podcast, not Best Fancast.
|2012||SF Squeecast*||Lynne M. Thomas, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, Elizabeth Bear, and Catherynne M. Valente|||
|2012||The Coode Street Podcast||Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe|||
|2012||Galactic Suburbia Podcast||Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Andrew Finch|||
|2012||SF Signal Podcast||John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester|||
|2012||StarShipSofa||Tony C. Smith|||
|2013||The Coode Street Podcast||Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe|||
|2013||Galactic Suburbia Podcast||Alisa Krasnostein, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Andrew Finch|||
|2013||SF Signal Podcast||John DeNardo, JP Frantz, and Patrick Hester|||
|2013||SF Squeecast||Elizabeth Bear, Paul Cornell, Seanan McGuire, Lynne M. Thomas, Catherynne M. Valente, and David McHone-Chase|||
|2013||StarShipSofa||Tony C. Smith|||
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