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Help Name the New Young Adult Category at the Hugo Awards!


Despite struggling to be taken seriously by some, Young Adult fiction has been outgrowing its own age-based moniker for a while. Now, it’s on the cusp of getting its very own category at Worldcon, to be given out along with the Hugo Awards, but there’s one thing standing in the way: The award needs a name. That’s where you come in, faithful reader.

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It’s the passion of YA fans that made the category a reality in the first place, with a committee being formed by the World Science Fiction Society to figure out how exactly to go about giving out such an award. It might seem like it should be easy, but as explained by a committee member over on Lady Business, Hugo categories are divided by length, and no one work may be eligible for multiple Hugo Awards.

That means that the YA award must be technically be a separate award from the Hugos and get its own name, and the committee is looking for that same fan passion to help decide on an appropriate name. They’ve got an open form running until November 15 that you can fill out if you’ve got an idea for a name that “capture[s] the transformative, transportational, and captivating power of books for young adults.”

The proposal to create the award was accepted at Worldcon in August, but it needs a name to be fully approved the next time around and really get things underway. Once the form closes, they’ll look over the names to create a shortlist of the best suggestions and create another poll to make a final decision, so keep an eye out for that, and keep reading!

(via Daily Dot, images via Warner Bros.)

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