Best Semiprozine Hugo Category

The Best Semiprozine Artist Hugo category was established by the WSFS Business Meeting in 1984 after the growth of large fanzines which were often produced to professional publishing standards and available essentially only by subscription (e.g., Locus, SFC) began to dominate the Best Fanzine category.

As befits a fuzzy distinction, the criteria which separated fanzines from semiprozines are complex:

Any generally available non-professional publication devoted to science fiction or fantasy which by the close of the previous calendar year has published four (4) or more issues (or the equivalent in other media), at least one (1) of which appeared in the previous calendar year, and which in the previous calendar year met at least two (2) of the following criteria:
(1) had an average press run of at least one thousand (1000) copies per issue,
(2) paid its contributors and/or staff in other than copies of the publication,
(3) provided at least half the income of any one person,
(4) had at least fifteen percent (15%) of its total space occupied by advertising,
(5) announced itself to be a semiprozine.

They are basically designed to draw a line between the traditional fanzine (which, even if it has a subscription price, never brings in enough money to have a significant impact on its production values) and its bigger brethren. Note that there is no distinction between fanzine and semiprozine based on content.

See also the Hugo Awards, Retro Hugo Awards, List of Hugo Winners, List of Hugo Categories.

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Year Winner
1946 Retro Hugo: Insufficient nominations — category dropped
1951 Retro Hugo: Insufficient nominations — category dropped
1954 Retro Hugo: Insufficient nominations — category dropped
Split off from the Best Fanzine category.
1984 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
1985 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
1986 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
1987 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
1988 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
1989 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
1990 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
1991 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
1992 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
1993 Science Fiction Chronicle ed. by Andrew I. Porter
1994 Science Fiction Chronicle ed. by Andrew I. Porter
1995 Interzone ed. by David Pringle
1996 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
1997 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
1998 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
1999 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
2000 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
2001 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
2002 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown
2003 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown, Jennifer A. Hall and Kirsten Gong-Wong
2004 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown, Jennifer A. Hall and Kirsten Gong-Wong
2005 Ansible ed. by Dave Langford
2006 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong and Liza Groen Trombi
2007 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong and Liza Groen Trombi
2008 Locus ed. by Charles N. Brown, Kirsten Gong-Wong and Liza Groen Trombi
2009 Weird Tales ed. by Ann VanderMeer and Stephen H. Segal
2010 Clarkesworld edited by Neil Clarke, Sean Wallace, & Cheryl Morgan
2011 Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Cheryl Morgan, Sean Wallace; podcast directed by Kate Baker
2012 Locus, edited by Liza Groen Trombi, Kirsten Gong-Wong, et al.
2013 Clarkesworld, edited by Neil Clarke, Jason Heller, Sean Wallace, and Kate Baker
2014 Lightspeed, edited by John Joseph Adams, Rich Horton, and Stefan Rudnicki