April 8th, 2009

Hugo Trophy

Hugo Award Logo Design Contest Announced

Contact: info@TheHugoAwards.org

Release Date: April 8, 2009


The World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) has announced a contest for a design for an official logo for the Hugo Awards. The Hugo Awards honor the best in written and dramatized science fiction and fantasy, as well as other categories, and are the highest honors in the field of science fiction and fantasy. While the streamlined rocket that is a common feature of the Hugo Award trophy is well known within the field of science fiction and fantasy, there has never been an official logo suitable for designating that a work is a Hugo Award winner. WSFS, through its Hugo Awards Marketing Committee, is soliciting designs for such a logo, which would be suitable for use in the publishing and film/television industries, and in solidifying the Hugo Awards "brand."

The contest is open to individual designers. Full submission guidelines are available on the Hugo Awards web site at http://www.thehugoawards.org/logocontest.htm.Collapse )

WSFS Stress

It's been a busy day, with the roll-out of the Hugo Awards Logo Contest and some initial teething problems. Within an hour or so of launch, we had someone point out that entries were bouncing, whereupon we realized that we'd typoed our own address as .com instead of .org. I fixed the web site's links and the LJ entries with the press release, and sent out a supplemental announcement following the first press release, while debgeisler put a forward on the .com address (WSFS owns thehugoawards.com but prefers not to use it) so that entries sent to that address will forward on to the correct one.

I'm the actual person who sent the shotgun-blast press release, and it's a bit nerve-wracking to sit there trying to decide whether I've done everything right and it's safe to hit Send. I wouldn't wanted to have measured my blood pressure when I did so. In a sense, finding the bug with the address was a relief, becuase if that's the only bug, we'll be okay, I think.

Getting to this point has been a difficult process that has taken longer than I wanted, but I'm glad we got this far. And I've had to research and learn about way too many things about which I didn't really want to do. (For example, I now know why so many random-choice contests -- of which our logo design contest is not -- are footnoted "void in Quebec.") Now, fingers crossed that we have a good selection of entries from which the judges can pick. And while we will say that yes, we've already received entries, we won't be saying much about the substance of those entries.

And also, thank you to everyone who has posted encouraging words about the contest and has passed it on to their friends. We want lots of people to know about it so we get lots of entries.