Clarkesworld, three-time winner of the Best Semiprozine Hugo, will not be eligible in the category this year. Editor/owner Neil Clarke told readers —
The combined income from Clarkesworld (and its parent, Wyrm Publishing) has just barely crossed the threshold for semiprozine eligibility. We are NOT eligible for nomination this year. This is a very good sign for the future of Clarkesworld and gives me continued hope that someday I’ll be able to make this my full-time career.
Under rules changes that took effect in 2013, a magazine is excluded from the category if —
(1) it provided at least a quarter the income of any one person or,
(2) was owned or published by any entity which provided at least a quarter the income of any of its staff and/or owner.
Clarke reminded everyone he remains eligible in the Best Editor (Short Form) Hugo category, where he was a nominee in 2012 and 2013.
Clarke’s self-disclosure helps make a success of the new rule, which contains no means of verifying the status of nominees.
Semiprozine.org, which Clarke launched in 2009, lists formerly eligible magazines and the reason for their change in status:
No longer eligible for the Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine:
Ansible – according to new rules, this publication is a fanzine
Clarkesworld Magazine – has declared they are ineligible due to staffing rule
Locus Magazine – disqualified by “professional” staffing rule
Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show – disqualified by “professional” staffing rule
I am not following Clarke’s statement, unless “just barely crossed the threshold for semiprozine eligibility” actually means “just barely crossed the threshold for semiprozine INeligibility.” “Cross the threshold” usually means “coming in at the lower end.” e.g. a story that’s 17,600 words long has just barely crossed the threshold for Novella eligibility and for Novelette INeligibility, not the other way around.
There needs to be a similar list for entities in eligible for the Best Fanzine award!