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The 70th World Science Fiction Convention
August 30-September 3, 2012   Hyatt Regency   Chicago
Page Contents 1. Base Design Specifications
2. How to Enter

Hugo Base Design Competition

Call for Submissions

The World Science Fiction Convention has presented the Hugo Awards for achievement in science fiction for 55 years. They are named after author and editor Hugo Gernsback. A rocket has always been the central element of the trophy, and its manufacture has been standardized over the past several decades. The base design changes yearly, often reflecting the country, state, or province in which the Convention takes place.

Chicon 7, the 70th World Science Fiction Convention, will be held in Chicago Illinois at the Hyatt Regency Chicago from August 30th-September 3rd, 2012, with guests of Honour Mike Resnick, Rowena Morrill, Story Musgrave, Peggy Rae Sapienza and Jane Frank. John Scalzi is Master of Ceremonies. The Worldcon committee is now soliciting proposals for the 2012 Hugo Award Base design in an open competition.

Base Design Specifications
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The winning proposal will conform to certain general and technical specifications. Those are:

How to Enter
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Entry in the competition is open to all. Design proposals must be submitted by midnight (EST) January 15, 2012, and all submissions should include: As a guideline, bases should cost no more than $150 each or less to fabricate. Photos of past Hugo awards can be viewed at the Hugo Awards website.

To enter the competition, proposals should be submitted either electronically or via postal mail. Do not forget to include your name and contact information. The winning designer will also receive a full 5-day membership to Chicon 7 and will introduce their base design at the Hugo ceremony. The base will also enter the long archive of Hugo base designs, including the Hugo History exhibit which travels to each Worldcon. The winning design is traditionally only unveiled at the Hugo Ceremony and strict confidentiality will therefore apply to the winning design until the convention. Competition entries, regrettably, cannot be returned.

Electronic submission.

Please email proposals to hugodesign‍@chicon•‍org. Include the information above and a JPG, TIFF or GIF image of your design.

Postal mail submission.

Please send the information requested above along with a sketch/drawing/sample base (or a disk or CD containing your sketch/drawing). The physical address is:

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