The third category on the Hugo ballot is Best Novelette:
A science fiction or fantasy story between 7,500 and 17,500 words that appeared for the first time in 2017.
A few years ago, there was some discussion of consolidating this category into the other short fiction categories, but the idea was pretty quickly rejected. So I don’t see any changes being proposed here.
I’ve done a fair amount of reading at this length, so I’ve tentatively filled four of five slots on my ballot:
- “I Am Not I” by G. V. Anderson (Fantasy & Science Fiction, Jul/Aug 2017)
- “Pan-Humanism: Hope and Pragmatics” by Jess Barber and Sara Saab (Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 132)
- “The Secret Life of Bots” by Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld Magazine, Issue 132)
- “Untilted” by K. A. Teryna, translated from Russian by Alex Shvartsman (Apex Magazine, Issue 102)
- [Update 2/23/18: added “Wind Will Rove” by Sarah Pinsker (Asimov’s, Sep/Oct 2017).]
To find a contender for that final slot, I plan to take a look at some of the novelettes in the following sources:
- Cosmic Powers edited by John Joseph Adams
- The Book of Swords edited by Gardner Dozois
- Infinity Wars edited by Jonathan Strahan
- Asimov’s stories on the Locus Recommended Reading List
Any other suggestions?
One resource I use to find short fiction is Rocket Stack Rank. Not only do they give their own reviews, but they highlight stories recommended by other sources and provide a lot of related information.