Body of Work

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Some awards are given for a specific work (e.g., the Best Novel Hugo) while others are given for a body of work (e.g., the Best Fan Writer Hugo). A body of work award is awarded considering all work done by the person during a specific period (the previous year in the case of Hugo Awards, a lifetime in the case of some other awards.)

Awards which base the body-of-work award on a single year are plagued by the difficulty even the most expert electors have in separating a specific year's body-of-work from the oeuvre of a longer period, and the yearly awards consequently tend to be "sticky" wherein once a person has earned a strong reputation, they tend to win for a series of years, even if they were not the best in every one of those years.

This is an award page. If you know something about it, such as who awarded it, who the winners were, what the criteria were, and when it was awarded, please add it! See Standards for Awards.