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The John W. Campbell Award is given to the best new science fiction or fantasy writer
whose first work of science fiction or fantasy was
published in a professional publication
in the previous two years.
For the 2018 award, which is presented at the
World Science Fiction Convention (WorldCon), the qualifying work must have been published
in 2016 or 2017.
There can be confusion over the term "professional publication"
since the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the World Science Fiction
Society (WSFS), and the award sponsor define it differently. For the purposes of the
Campbell Award, professional publications are works sold for more than a nominal amount
and published anywhere in the world.
Please refer to the
for an explanation of qualifying publications and answers to common questions.
The Campbell Award is administered by the Worldcon, but the rules for awarding the Campbell are
determined by the award sponsor, Dell Magazine. Eligibility rules were changed in 2005.
The John W. Campbell Award uses the same nomination and voting mechanism as
the Hugo, even though the Campbell Award is not a Hugo.
Like the Hugo Awards, the Campbell Award voting takes place in two stages.
The first stage, nomination, is open to anyone who had a Supporting or Attending
membership in the previous, current, or following year's Worldcon as of January 31.
For Worldcon 76 in San Jose, CA, this means members of Worldcon 75 Helsinki, Worldcon 76 itself, and Dublin 2019: An Irish Worldcon can nominate any eligible author. This web page helps identify eligible
authors for the Campbell Award.
Nominations are now open on the Worldcon 76 Hugo area.
To be able to vote for the award, you must be a
member of Worldcon 76.
If you are not a member of Worldcon 76 and wish to vote,
you must purchase a supporting membership or an attending
membership before January 31.
Past Voting Results
2017 Campbell Award Finalists
||Year of Eligibility
|Ada Palmer (winner)
2016 Campbell Award Finalists
||Year of Eligibility
|Andy Weir (winner)
|Sebastien de Castell
2015 Campbell Award Finalists
2014 Campbell Award Finalists
2013 Campbell Award Finalists
2012 Campbell Award Finalists
2011 Campbell Award Finalists
2010 Campbell Award Finalists
2009 Campbell Award Finalists
2008 Campbell Award Finalists
2007 Campbell Award Finalists
2006 Campbell Award Finalists