2023 Hugo Award Winners

The 2023 Hugo Awards were presented October 21 during a ceremony at the Chengdu Worldcon.


  • Nettle & Bone, by T. Kingfisher (Tor Books)


  • Where the Drowned Girls Go, by Seanan McGuire (Tordotcom)


  •  “The Space-Time Painter”, by Hai Ya (Galaxy’s Edge, April 2022)


  • “Rabbit Test”, by Samantha Mills (Uncanny Magazine, November-December 2022)


  • Children of Time Series, by Adrian Tchaikovsky (Pan Macmillan/Orbit)


  • Cyberpunk 2077: Big City Dreams, by Bartosz Sztybor, Filipe Andrade, Alessio Fioriniello, Roman Titov, Krzysztof Ostrowski (Dark Horse Books)


  • Terry Pratchett: A Life With Footnotes, by Rob Wilkins (Doubleday)


  • Everything Everywhere All at Once, screenplay by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, directed by Daniel Kwan and Daniel Sheinert (IAC Films / Gozie AGBO)


  • The Expanse: “Babylon’s Ashes”, written by Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck, Naren Shankar, directed by Breck Eisner (Alcon Entertainment)


  • Neil Clarke


  • Lindsey Hall


  • Enzhe Zhao


  • Uncanny Magazine, publishers and editors-in-chief: Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas; managing/poetry editor Chimedum Ohaegbu; managing editor Monte Lin; nonfiction editor Meg Elison; podcast producers Erika Ensign and Steven Schapansky


  • Zero Gravity Newspaper, by RiverFlow and Ling Shizhen


  • Hugo, Girl!, by Haley Zapal, Amy Salley, Lori Anderson, and Kevin Anderson


  • Chris M. Barkley  


  • Richard Man


  • Akata Woman (The Nsibidi Scripts), by Nnedi Okorafor (Viking Books for Young Readers)


  • Travis Baldree  

Also presented during the ceremony.


  • Bobbi Armbruster

[Thanks to Nicholas Whyte for livetweeting the results.]

54 thoughts on “2023 Hugo Award Winners

  1. Congratulation to the winners!
    I am very sorry to have posted the wrong results earlier, but I was so exited to see them on a wikipediapage.

  2. Congratulations to all! Hope the ceremony is posted later. The live stream was horrendous, but what little I got looked wonderful.

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  4. It’s an honor! And I can’t believe I made Arley read a speech about frog anuses.

    What’s the transcript?

    Also, congratulations to all.

  5. Glad to see the Hugo results. I could not even figure out when they were being presented and thought I would get the results yesterday.
    Congrats to all and was glad that the very well done and unique fantasy novel Nettle and Bone won.

  6. Congratulations to all the winners and to the finalists. I’m still hoping to see a human-translated copy of “The Space-Time Painter” someday.

  7. Dave McCarty will post voting stats in the morning (local time). Notably few winners who are Chinese, which makes me think most of the votes were not from locals. (Technically Rich Man is Chinese, coming from Taiwan, but lives in the US.)

  8. Nickpheas, in a comment on a public post on his Facebook page, Hugo Administrator Dave McCarty said, “For those that want to dive into the stats, they won’t be ready until after I sleep.” That was around 10:30pm Chengdu time.

  9. Congratulations; a host of worthy winners. (And I, too, would love to see a transcript of Oor Wombat’s acceptance speech.)

  10. Congratulations to all the winners, but especially RedWombat and Chris!

    “Rabbit Test” wasn’t my favorite of the short stories, but it was, honestly, the best short story.

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  12. Also, that photo of the Hugo base is much more impressive than an earlier photo I saw that didn’t show off the reflective swirlies very well (or much at all).

  13. Lis Carey has the best words: “ Congratulations to all the winners, but especially RedWombat and Chris!” I adored Nettle and Bone.

  14. Congratulations to all the winners! And extra congratulations to RedWombat and Chris, very wonderful for you both.

  15. @Lisa Hertel – I noticed the same, I expected more balance between Chinese and non-Chinese winners. I notice that the Best Novelette winner wasn’t provided in English in the packet, so certainly some Chinese fans voted, but the only non-Chinese winner that seems to have been offered in Chinese (in the packet at least) is “Rabbit Test.” I’m not sure what the voting stats will show, but based on that, it seems the Chinese turnout on voting was not very strong.


    Zero Gravity Newspaper, by RiverFlow and Ling Shizhen

    Congratulations! But —
    Riverflow had a difficult time in recent days. He always needed an ambulance car to carry him from the exhibition center to the hotel he stayed. After receiving his Hugo at about 9 p.m. (GMT+8, Beijing Time), so bad he was that he had to be sent to his hotel by an ambulance car with oxygen supply. But the committee left him alone in his room without anyone or professional care. At about 10 p.m. he gave me a call, asking me to go to see him. I was shocked that he couldn’t react to my saying or shouting his name when I arrived. His eyes kept closed and he couldn’t say anything. I called the hotel and the committee to send a doctor and medical care immediately. Soon he was sent to the hospital with company from staffs from Science Fiction World and Adaoli (Sci-fi Light Year). Even until this moment Riverflow had still refused any medical care, because when he was sent to the ambulance room by the committee several days ago, the committee and leaders of Chengdu Business Daily refused to pay for him and asked him to pay for himself from the ambulance room immediately! He was afraid that he had to pay a lot of money! We had to pay the bill for him immediately, telling him to have enough rest and not to think too much.
    Riverflow had to attend a lot of activities —— interviews, fan exhibitions, panels, Hugo award ceremony and so on. The committee asked him to attend them like a strict teacher who is teaching his naught students. Even when Riverflow came back to the hospital the day before yesterday, a staff of the Chengdu Business Daily went to see him and told him that CBD was willing to commercialise his Zero Gravity, waiting his approval!( Why are they keeping thinking about commercial profits all the time?)
    In addition, I have to inquire if all of you could not trouble Riverflow now. No messages, interviews or talks to him. He really needs sufficient rest.

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  18. Dave McCarty wrote, in a public Facebook post:

    The detailed Hugo stats are delayed entirely because of my poor understanding of how swamped I was gonna be on site. The only convention I have ever been busier at was the Worldcon I chaired.

    I was thinking I would have time to finish today but that’s CLEARLY not going to happen. I *should* be able to finish tomorrow, but if I can’t…the next day is travel starting at oh dark thirty for me and that means the stats would not come out until Friday.

    I know this is not welcome news to the folks that want to dive into things, I beg your forgiveness and I promise you that this delay is purely to make sure that everything I put out is verified as correct (and the detailed stats take time to verify, there’s lot of stuff going on there).

    Please, if you know anyone that would be interested in this update, feel free to pass this along to them with my apologies.

  19. @Jed Hartman – I never go near Facebook, so thank you for relaying Dave McCarty’s message about voting stats delays (I already suspected that they were for the reason he has now given, but it’s nice to have confirmation and a situation report).
    @Lisa Hertel, @Meredith – One thing to remember is that there were Chinese finalists only in a small number of categories – and where there were no Chinese finalists, there could be no Chinese winners.
    My own earlier personal rough estimates on the basis of the number of Chinese finalists, which categories they were in, and general patterns from previous years’ statistics were that only 2% or so of nominators (so, about 100) were (Chinese-resident) Chinese. My guess is that the proportion of Chinese voters will have been rather (and possibly considerably) higher – but none of this (whether for voting or for nominations) is going to be remotely verifiable until the stats are available.

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