Best Professional Editor Hugo

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In one form or another this is one of only two categories which has endured for the entire length of the Hugos. The category was one of the original seven Hugo categories under the name Best Professional Magazine with the exception of the first foreign Worldcon, Loncon I in 1957, which had two best magazine awards, Best American Professional Magazine and Best British Professional Magazine.

In 1973, the title of the category changed to become Best Professional Editor, in order to recognize the editor more than the magazine, but nothing substantially changed. In 2007, the category split into the Best Editor, Short Form (magazines and anthologies) and Best Editor, Long Form (novels), primarily in order to give editors of novels a chance at an award. (In spite of the Best Professional Editor category being for all lengths, it has focused on editors of shorter lengths, doubtless due to its roots in the Best Professional Magazine category.

To be eligible for Best Editor, Short Form, an editor must be

The editor of at least four (4) anthologies, collections or magazine issues (or their equivalent in other media) primarily devoted to science fiction and / or fantasy, at least one of which was published in the previous calendar year.

To be eligible for Best Editor, Long Form, an editor must be

The editor of at least four (4) novel-length works primarily devoted to science fiction and / or fantasy published in the previous calendar year that do not qualify as works under 3.3.8. [the definition of Best Editor, Short Form

Note that there is no longer a requirement that the editing be professional. Semiprozine and fanzine editing is also covered, provided that it is of novel length.

Year Winner
1939 John W. Campbell, Jr. (short)
1941 John W. Campbell, Jr. (short)
1943 John W. Campbell, Jr. (short)
1944 John W. Campbell, Jr. (short)
1945 John W. Campbell, Jr. (short)
1946 John W. Campbell, Jr.
1951 John W. Campbell, Jr.
1953: For this year see Best Professional Magazine
1954 John W. Campbell, Jr.
1955-1972: For these years see Best Professional Magazine
1973 Ben Bova
1974 Ben Bova
1975 Ben Bova
1976 Ben Bova
1977 Ben Bova
1978 George H. Scithers
1979 Ben Bova
1980 George H. Scithers
1981 Edward L. Ferman
1982 Edward L. Ferman
1983 Edward L. Ferman
1984 Shawna McCarthy
1985 Terry Carr
1986 Judy-Lynn del Rey
1987 Terry Carr
1988 Gardner Dozois
1989 Gardner Dozois
1990 Gardner Dozois
1991 Gardner Dozois
1992 Gardner Dozois
1993 Gardner Dozois
1994 Kristine Kathryn Rusch
1995 Gardner Dozois
1996 Gardner Dozois
1997 Gardner Dozois
1998 Gardner Dozois
1999 Gardner Dozois
2000 Gardner Dozois
2001 Gardner Dozois
2002 Ellen Datlow
2003 Gardner Dozois
2004 Gardner Dozois
2005 Ellen Datlow
2006 David G. Hartwell
2007 Gordon Van Gelder (short)
2007 Patrick Nielsen Hayden (long)
2008 Gordon Van Gelder (short)
2008 David G. Hartwell (long)
2009 Ellen Datlow (short)
2009 David G. Hartwell (long)
2010 Ellen Datlow (short)
2010 Patrick Nielsen Hayden (long)
2011 Sheila Williams (short)
2011 Lou Anders (long)
2012 Sheila Williams (short)
2012 Betsy Wollheim (long)
2013 Stanley Schmidt (short)
2013 Patrick Nielsen Hayden (long)
2014 Ellen Datlow (short)
2014 Ginjer Buchanan (long)
2015 no award (short)
2015 no award (long)
2016 Ellen Datlow (short)
2016 Sheila Gilbert (long)
2017 Ellen Datlow (short)
2017 Liz Gorinsky (long)
2018 Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas (short)
2018 Sheila Gilbert (long)
2019 Gardner Dozois (short)
2019 Navah Wolfe (long)


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