Campbell Award

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The Campbell Award (in full, the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer) — now The Astounding Award for Best New Writer — was established in 1973 by Conde Nast, the publisher of Analog, upon the death of seminal Astounding Science Fiction editor John W. Campbell, Jr., whom it memorialized.

It honors the best new writer whose first professional SF sale was within the previous two years.

For decades, it was the only non-Hugo Award permitted to be voted on on the Hugo ballot, and it is presented annually with the Hugos at Worldcon.

This award had no connection to the juried John W. Campbell Memorial Award except that both were named for Campbell.

See Campbell Award Rules for a detailed discussion of the rules. See also the Hugo Awards and List of Hugo categories.

Name Change[edit]

In 2019, the Campbell Award was renamed the Astounding Award after neopro Jeannette Ng, that year's winner, called Campbell a “fascist” during the Hugo Awards ceremony; soon afterward, Analog Editor Trevor Quachri announced that award sponsor Dell Magazines would change the prize’s name. Ng’s condemnatory acceptance speech went on to win the 2020 Best Related Work Hugo.

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