Hugo 2021 Eligible Novels

Hugo 2021 Eligible Novels

This list is for NOVELS published in 2020 that are eligible for the 2021 Hugos. "Novel" in this context means works over 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 2021 Hugo Awards are either first published in the US or first published in English translation in 2020, or first published in 2019 in English in a country other than the US if it did not make the ballot in 2019.

Complete 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 novella length. If anyone has specific word counts for works on the novel/novella borderline, please leave a comment. Thanks!

Check out the other categories!

2021 Hugo Eligible Novellas
2020 Hugo Eligible Novels
2020 Hugo Eligible Novellas
2019 Hugo Eligible Novels
2019 Hugo Eligible Novellas
2019 Hugo Eligible Graphic Stories
2019 Hugo Eligible YA Novels
2019 Hugo Eligible Series
2019 Hugo Eligible Related Works
2019 Hugo Eligible Art Books
2018 Hugo Eligible Works
2017 Hugo Eligible Works
2016 Hugo Eligible Works
2015 Hugo Eligible Works


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message 1: by ErsatzCulture (new)

ErsatzCulture A Little Hatred - currently at #11 - was a 2019 release, and so should be removed from this list

(It's at #45 in the correct "Hugo 2020 Eligible Novels" list, as I type this).


message 2: by Contrarius (new)

Contrarius Done!


message 3: by Philip (new)

Philip The Last Emperox by John Scalzi is listed twice.


message 4: by Contrarius (new)

Contrarius Not anymore! :-)


message 5: by Jain (new)

Jain Deleted A Desolation Called Peace--its publication date has been pushed to 2021.


message 6: by ErsatzCulture (new)

ErsatzCulture The House in the Cerulean Sea is showing up twice, at #10 and #47 as I type this. It doesn't seem to be down to editions needing combining as far as I can tell; maybe more of a bug with the GR list functionality?


message 7: by Contrarius (last edited Aug 07, 2020 12:08PM) (new)

Contrarius ErsatzCulture wrote: "The House in the Cerulean Sea is showing up twice, at #10 and #47 as I type this. It doesn't seem to be down to editions needing combining as far as I can tell; maybe more of a bug with the GR list..."

It's got two different editions listed -- the first is hardcover, the second is Kindle. Lemme fix that.....

Done! :-)


message 8: by ErsatzCulture (new)

ErsatzCulture "Three Days till EOC: A novella" - currently at #29 - should be removed from the list for a fairly obvious reason.


message 9: by Contrarius (new)

Contrarius Got it! Three Days till EOC: A novella has been removed from the Eligible Novels list because it is disqualified by its short length.

Note to the author, if you're reading along: your work *is* eligible on the Eligible Novellas list, so you can list it there if you want.


message 10: by MH (new)

MH Is the Don't Close Your Eyes series actually SF or fantasy? They're not shelved on any appropriate shelves that I can see, and there's a suggestion on book 2's page that they're being spammed to lists.


message 11: by Contrarius (new)

Contrarius Hmpf. I'll remove it.


message 12: by Contrarius (new)

Contrarius I removed all three Lynessa Layne books. They were neither science fiction nor fantasy.


message 13: by Kenys (new)

Kenys Firewalkers by Adrian Tchaikovsky is listed on both the Hugo novella and novel list. Anyone know which one it actually is?


message 14: by Oleksandr (new)

Oleksandr Zholud Kenys wrote: "Firewalkers by Adrian Tchaikovsky is listed on both the Hugo novella and novel list. Anyone know which one it actually is?"

It should be novella I guess


message 15: by ErsatzCulture (new)

ErsatzCulture Kobo lists Firewalkers with a word count of 45k words, which in theory puts it above the 40k words + 10% leeway zone.

https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/fire...

However, that figure may be rounded up, may include introductions, afterwords, etc, so there's enough of a grey area that I personally wouldn't exclude it from either category, especially as it was definitely marketed as a novella.

(FWIW, Kobo's reported word counts have closely matched my own findings when I've done a few ad hoc tests against ebooks I have, but I wouldn't go so far to claim they are 100% correct.)


message 16: by Contrarius (new)

Contrarius What Ersatz said. Except that there's officially a 20% leeway, not 10%, as I understand it.


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