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Chicon 7: Hugo Award Base Design Competition

Chicon 7 (Worldcon), the premier gathering of authors, artists, fans, dealers, and more in the world science fiction community, invites artists and designers from around the world to create a base that is worthy of the Hugo Award and with a theme appropriate to Chicago and the Midwest.

The Hugo Awards for achievement in science fiction and fantasy have been presented by Worldcons for over 50 years. An instantly recognizable rocket forms the central element of the prestigious trophy, while the base design changes yearly, often reflecting the country, state, or province in which the convention takes place.

The winner will receive a full five-day attending membership to Chicon 7!

Create a Base Worthy of the Hugo Award

The Hugo awards are the premier award in the science fiction genre, honoring science fiction and fantasy literature and media as well as the genre’s fans.

Entrants are asked to submit initial drawings, sketches, and/or a fabicated sample of their proposed designs. Entrants also need to arrange for the full set of up to 30 bases to be manufactured if their design is successful, with a target price of no more than $150 per individual base.

All submissions should include:

  • Drawings, sketches, and/or a fabricated sample of the proposed base unit.
  • Cost estimate per base, and estimated total cost for the fabrication and shipping of 25 base units.
  • Lead time is needed for fabrication.
  • Your ability to either craft the bases or arrange for the work to be done.

Electronic and postal mail submissions accepted. For more details, please visit the official website.

Win A Full Five-day Membership for Chicon 7!

The winning designer will have the opportunity to introduce the base design as part of the Hugo Awards Ceremony. The base will also be included in the long archive of Hugo base designs, including the Hugo History exhibit that travels to each Worldcon.

In addition, the winner will receive a full five-day attending membership to Chicon 7.