Best Novelette Hugo Category

The Best Novelette Hugo category is one of the long-time stable Hugo categories. It was first used in 1955 and 1956, dropped in 1957 and 1958, merged with the other short fiction categories into Best Short Fiction from 1960 to 1966, returned in 1967-1969, dropped for 1970-1972 and finally returned permanently starting in 1973.

The category is for fiction in lengths longer than the Best Short Story category and shorter than the Best Novella category: 7,500-17,500 words. See Hugo category boundaries for a discussion of some of the finer points of defining Hugo categories.

See also the Hugo Awards and List of Hugo Categories.

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Year Winner
1939 "Rule 18" by Clifford D. Simak
1941 "The Roads Must Roll" by Robert A. Heinlein
1946 "First Contact" by Murray Leinster
1951 "The Little Black Bag" by C. M. Kornbluth
1954 "Earthman, Come Home" by James Blish
1955 "The Darfsteller" by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
1956 "Exploration Team" by Murray Leinster
1959 "The Big Front Yard" by Clifford D. Simak
1967 "The Last Castle" by Jack Vance
1968 "Gonna Roll the Bones" by Fritz Leiber
1969 "The Sharing of Flesh" by Poul Anderson
During 1970-72, the Best Novelette Hugo category was merged into the Best Short Story category
1973 "Goat Song" by Poul Anderson
1974 "The Deathbird" by Harlan Ellison
1975 "Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans" by Harlan Ellison
1976 "The Borderland of Sol" by Larry Niven
1977 "The Bicentennial Man" by Isaac Asimov
1978 "Eyes of Amber" by Joan D. Vinge
1979 "Hunter's Moon" by Poul Anderson
1980 "Sandkings" by George R. R. Martin
1981 "The Cloak and the Staff" by Gordon R. Dickson
1982 "Unicorn Variation" by Roger Zelazny
1983 "Fire Watch" by Connie Willis
1984 "Blood Music" by Greg Bear
1985 "Bloodchild" by Octavia E. Butler
1986 "Paladin of the Lost Hour" by Harlan Ellison
1987 "Permafrost" by Roger Zelazny
1988 "Buffalo Gals, Won't You Come Out Tonight" by Ursula K. Le Guin
1989 "Schrödinger's Kitten" by George Alec Effinger
1990 "Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another" by Robert Silverberg
1991 "The Manamouki" by Mike Resnick
1992 "Gold" by Isaac Asimov
1993 "The Nutcracker Coup" by Janet Kagan
1994 "Georgia on My Mind" by Charles Sheffield
1995 "The Martian Child" by David Gerrold
1996 "Think Like a Dinosaur" by James Patrick Kelly
1997 "Bicycle Repairman" by Bruce Sterling
1998 "We Will Drink a Fish Together…" by Bill Johnson
1999 "Taklamakan" by Bruce Sterling
2000 "1016 to 1" by James Patrick Kelly
2001 "Millennium Babies" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
2002 "Hell Is the Absence of God" by Ted Chiang
2003 "Slow Life" by Michael Swanwick
2004 "Legions in Time" by Michael Swanwick
2005 "The Faery Handbag" by Kelly Link
2006 "Two Hearts" by Peter S. Beagle
2007 "The Djinn's Wife" by Ian McDonald
2008 "The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate" by Ted Chiang
2009 "Shoggoths in Bloom" by Elizabeth Bear
2010 "The Island", Peter Watts
2011 "The Emperor of Mars", Allen M. Steele
2012 "Six Months, Three Days" by Charlie Jane Anders
2011 "The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi", Pat Cadigan
2012 "The Lady Astronaut of Mars" by Mary Robinette Kowal
2013 “The Girl-Thing Who Went Out for Sushi” by Pat Cadigan
2014 “The Lady Astronaut of Mars” by Mary Robinette Kowal
2015 “The Day the World Turned Upside Down” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, translated by Lia Belt
2016 “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang, translated by Ken Liu
2017 “The Tomato Thief” by Ursula Vernon