Best Professional Editor Hugo
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
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