Clarkesworld Ineligible for Semiprozine Hugo

Neil Clarke of Clarkesworld has declared that the magazine is no longer eligible for the Hugo Award in the Semiprozine category.

Last year, Clarkesworld Magazine received its third Hugo Award for Best Semiprozine. It appears as though we’ll be going out on top. 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 the revised rules, which took effect in 2013, a magazine is not considered a semiprozine if it

(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.

Since income is not a matter of public record, it is up to individual magazine owners/editors to declare whether or not they are eligible under the current rules. The editors of magazines made ineligible by the rule are still eligible in the editor category.