Best Short Story Hugo Category

The Best Short Story Hugo category is one of the long-time stable Hugo categories. It was first used in 1955 and 1956, skipped in 1957, merged with the other short fiction categories into Best Short Fiction from 1960 to 1966, and returned permanently starting in 1967.

The category is for the shortest fiction, between 0 and 7500 words, shorter than the Best Novelette category.

See also the Hugo Awards and List of Hugo Categories.

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Year Winner
1946 "Uncommon Sense" by Hal Clement
1951 "To Serve Man" by Damon Knight
1954 "The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur C. Clarke
1955 "Allamagoosa" by Eric Frank Russell
1956 "The Star" by Arthur C. Clarke
1958 "Or All the Seas with Oysters" by Avram Davidson
1959 "That Hell-Bound Train" by Robert Bloch
1967 "Neutron Star" by Larry Niven
1968 "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" by Harlan Ellison
1969 "The Beast That Shouted Love at the Heart of the World" by Harlan Ellison
1970 "Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones" by Samuel R. Delany
1971 "Slow Sculpture" by Theodore Sturgeon
1972 "Inconstant Moon" by Larry Niven
1973 (tie) "Eurema's Dam" by R. A. Lafferty and "The Meeting" by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth
1974 "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas" by Ursula K. Le Guin
1975 "The Hole Man" by Larry Niven
1976 "Catch That Zeppelin!" by Fritz Leiber
1977 "Tricentennial" by Joe Haldeman
1978 "Jeffty Is Five" by Harlan Ellison
1979 Cassandra" by C. J. Cherryh
1980 "The Way of Cross and Dragon" by George R. R. Martin
1981 "Grotto of the Dancing Deer" by Clifford D. Simak
1982 "The Pusher" by John Varley
1983 "Melancholy Elephants" by Spider Robinson
1984 "Speech Sounds" by Octavia E. Butler
1985 "The Crystal Spheres" by David Brin
1986 "Fermi and Frost" by Frederik Pohl
1987 "Tangents" by Greg Bear
1988 "Why I Left Harry's All-Night Hamburgers" by Lawrence Watt-Evans
1989 "Kirinyaga" by Mike Resnick
1990 "Boobs" by Suzy McKee Charnas
1991 "Bears Discover Fire" by Terry Bisson
1992 "A Walk in the Sun" by Geoffrey A. Landis
1993 "Even the Queen" by Connie Willis
1994 "Death on the Nile" by Connie Willis
1995 "None So Blind" by Joe Haldeman
1996 "The Lincoln Train" by Maureen F. McHugh
1997 "The Soul Selects Her Own Society" by Connie Willis
1998 "The 43 Antarean Dynasties" by Mike Resnick
1999 "The Very Pulse of the Machine" by Michael Swanwick
2000 "Scherzo with Tyrannosaur" by Michael Swanwick
2001 "Different Kinds of Darkness" by David Langford
2002 "The Dog Said Bow-Wow" by Michael Swanwick
2003 "Falling onto Mars" by Geoffrey A. Landis
2004 "A Study in Emerald" by Neil Gaiman
2005 "Travels with My Cats" by Mike Resnick
2006 "Tk'tk'tk" by David D. Levine
2007 "Impossible Dreams" by Tim Pratt
2008 "Tideline" by Elizabeth Bear
2009 "Exhalation" by Ted Chiang
2010 "Bridesicle" by Will McIntosh
2011 "For Want of a Nail" by Mary Robinette Kowal
2012 "The Paper Menagerie" by Ken Liu
2013 "Mono No Aware" by Ken Liu
2014 "The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere" by John Chu