The Hugo Award for Best Professional Editor was first award in 1973 when it replaced the Best Professional Magazine category. In 2007 it was split into Short Form (editors of short fiction) and Long Form (editors of novels).
Best Editor, Short Form:
The editor of at least four (4) anthologies, collections, or magazine issues (or their equivalent in other media) primarily devoted to science fiction and/or fantasy, at least one of which was published in 2017.
I did some number crunching on the editors from the magazines I read last year to find out which had the highest percentage of stories I liked and the lowest percentage I disliked.
- Scott H. Andrews, Beneath Ceaseless Skies
- Jane Crowley and Kate Dollarhyde, Strange Horizons (starting in April)
- C. C. Finlay, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
- Jason Sizemore, Apex Magazine
- Lynn M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, Uncanny Magazine
Best Editor, Long Form:
The editor of at least four (4) novel-length works primarily devoted to science fiction and/or fantasy, published in 2017 that do not qualify as works under Best Editor, Short Form.
For this category, I simply figured out the editors of my Best Novel choices and nominated them.
- Jennifer Hershey
- Will Hinton
- Brit Hvide
- Sean McDonald
- Devi Pellai
A few years back, Kevin Standlee blogged about an idea for removing the editor categories and semiprozine and proposing three related but easier to vote on categories of publisher, anthology/collection, and professional magazine (including both pro and semi-pro, not fanzine). However, the timing hasn’t been right to actually bring this to the Business Meeting since then. Perhaps this will be the year since Kevin is one of the members of the Hugo Award Study Committee which will be offering suggestions.
I think I could get behind those changes. It’s much simpler to find out who published what books as opposed to who edited them. [ETA: I see they very briefly had a Best SF Book Publisher category in 1964 and 1965.] I don’t read too many anthologies or collections currently, but professional magazine would essentially be the same for me as short form editor. What are your thoughts?