Hugo 2020 Eligible Novellas

This list is for NOVELLAS published in 2019 that are eligible for the 2020 Hugos. "Novella" in this context means a work from 17,500 to 40,000 words. However, note that some leeway is allowed in word count.

From the World Science Fiction Society Constitution:

3.2.8:The Worldcon Committee may relocate a story into a more appropriate category if it feels that it is necessary, provided that the length of the story is within twenty percent (20%) of the new category limits.

The text below is mostly copied from previous years -- thanks, list creators!

It's hard to keep track of all the science fiction and fantasy books published in one year. For those among us who nominate and vote for the Hugo Awards, I created this list. Let's add books and help each other remember especially the books that don't get a lot of buzz but may well deserve award recognition.

According to the Hugo Award FAQ, works are eligible if they were published in the calendar year preceding the year in which the vote takes place if published in the United States, and for the previous and current year if published in English outside the US. Works first published in languages other than English are also eligible in their first year of publication in English translation. Works eligible for the 2020 Hugo Awards are either first published in the US or first published in English translation in 2019, or first published in 2018 in English in a country other than the US if it did not make the ballot in 2018.

Complete eligibility rules can be found here: The Hugo Awards: The Official Rules

And remember, anyone can vote in the Hugos! Complete rules on Hugo voting can be found here: The Hugo Awards: I Want to Vote

Note: Some of the works listed here may actually be novel or novelette length. If anyone has specific word counts for works that appear to not fit the novella criteria, please leave a comment. Thanks!

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2017 Hugo Eligible Works
2016 Hugo Eligible Works
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message 1: by Martin (new)

Martin Schuh I added "Hexarchate Stories", because it contains the novella "Glass Cannon", I don't know if there is any way to clear that up in the list.


message 2: by Nana (last edited Oct 07, 2019 05:07AM) (new)

Nana Amuah Added "Asimov's Science Fiction"'s July/August 2019 issue due to its inclusion of Suzanne Palmer's "Waterlines" and Tegan Moore's “The Work of Wolves."


message 3: by Nana (new)

Nana Amuah Added "Asimov's Science Fiction"'s May/June 2019 issue due to its inclusion of Carrie Vaughn's "Gremlin."


message 4: by Mark (new)

Mark A incomplete set of wordcounts in case they help with any eligibility queries. Everything below is eligible in Novella, those over 40,000 words via the 20% rule. Anything over 40,000 has dual eligibility with the Novel category but I strongly advise nominating them in novella to have a chance.

Ormeshadow by Priya Sharma, c32,500 words
The Border Keeper by Kerstin Hall, c40,100 words
Walking to Aldebaran by Adrian Tchaikovsky, c35,000 words
The Fire Opal Mechanism by Fran Wilde, c35,500 words
To Be Taught, If Fortunate by Becky Chambers, c39,700 words
This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar and Max Gladstone, c36,100 words
Desdemona and the Deep by C. S. E. Cooney, c41,000 words
The Orphans of Raspay by Lois McMaster Bujold, c43,150 words
The October Man by Ben Aaronovitch, c44,200 words
Perihelion Summer by Greg Egan, c41,800 words
Miranda in Milan by Katharine Duckett, c40,100 words
Permafrost by Alastair Reynolds, c38,000 words
The Gurkha and the Lord of Tuesday by Saad Z. Hossain, c30,200 words
Serpent Rose by Karri Sperring, c22,700 words
Nomads by Dave Hutchinson, c30,600 words
Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh, c21,300 words
Her Silhouette, Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan, c20,000 words
Ragged Alice by Gareth L Powell, c34,300 words
The Haunting of Tram Car 015 by P. Djèlí Clark, c26,400 words
Vigilance by Robert Jackson Bennett, c33,100 words


message 5: by Contrarius (new)

Contrarius Mark wrote: "A incomplete set of wordcounts in case they help with any eligibility queries. Everything below is eligible in Novella, those over 40,000 words via the 20% rule. Anything over 40,000 has dual eligi..."

Thanks for those, Mark!


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MH Added missing stuff from the Locus longlist.


message 7: by Jain (new)

Jain Added Uncanny Magazine Issue 31: November/December 2019 for "A Time to Reap" by Elizabeth Bear. The story's available to read for free online: https://uncannymagazine.com/article/a...


message 8: by Kelsey (new)

Kelsey Added A Cathedral of Myth and Bone by Kat Howard for the new novella "Once, Future."


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