Hugo Nomination

The Hugo voting process occurs in two stages. In the first stage, the nominating process, members of WSFS are allowed to list up to five choices for each Hugo category. The Hugo Administrator collects the nomination ballots, determines the top five vote-getters (more in the case of last-place ties) in each category, contacts them to confirm they accept nomination, and prepares and distributes a Hugo final ballot containing the names of the nominees in each category.

For most of the history of the Hugos, these top five were known as the "Nominees", though recently the term was changed to "finalists".

Note that the up-to-five-choices each member is allowed to submit are not "Hugo nominations," but merely votes towards selecting the actual nominees. The only way a person or work can be a "Hugo nominee" was to receive enough votes at the nominations stage to appear on the final ballot.