Want to Design the 2011 Hugo Base?

Renovation will return to the highly successful strategy of running a contest to get a great design for its 2011 Hugo base.

Winners of past contests, like Dave Howell (2009) and Lee Kuruganti (2008), designed beautiful award bases that could be produced relatively inexpensively, as required by the rules.

The 2011 contest sets a target price of $150 per base, a considerable savings over (for example) Nolacon II’s Hugo bases which reportedly cost $750 apiece (and when inflation is factored in the discount is that much greater.)

Artists and designers have until January 1 to submit designs for consideration. The winner will receive a membership in Renovation, $250 toward expenses to attend the con, and will introduce the base at the Hugo Ceremony.

The full press release follows the jump. (What I tell you three times is true.)

Renovation Announces Hugo Base Design Competition

The 69th World Science Fiction Convention
PO Box 13278
Portland, OR 97213-0278

[email protected]


Monday, October 4, 2010

Reno, Nevada, USA – Renovation is delighted to announce an open competition for the design of the 2011 Hugo Award base. The Convention is soliciting artists and designers from around the world to come up with a base that is worthy of the Hugo Award and which reflects the convention’s theme of the New Frontiers and/or the region of Reno, Nevada and the North-Western United States.

The winning designer will have the opportunity to introduce their base design as part of the Hugo Ceremony itself and the base will also enter the archive of Hugo base designs, including the Hugo History exhibit which travels to each Worldcon. In addition, the winner will receive a full 5-day attending membership of Renovation along with $250 towards the cost of attending the convention.

Entrants are asked to submit initial drawings/renderings of their design by January 1, 2011. Entrants also need to be able to arrange for up to 30 bases to be manufactured if their design is successful, with a target price of no more than $150 per individual base. The winning design will be selected no later than February 28, 2011.

Full terms and conditions for the competition can be found on Renovation’s web site at www.renovationsf.org/hugo-base.php.


Memberships for Renovation may be purchased at www.renovationsf.org.

For more details on the convention, visit www.renovationsf.org. We encourage your input to help us create a memorable Worldcon.

Direct press questions, or requests to be removed from the Renovation press release mailing list, to [email protected]. General queries to [email protected].

“World Science Fiction Society”, “WSFS”, “World Science Fiction Convention”, “Worldcon”, “NASFiC”, “Hugo Award”, and the distinctive design of the Hugo Award Rocket are service marks of the World Science Fiction Society, an unincorporated literary society.

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