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A while back, I posted a blog to the effect that diversity had taken a hit at this year’s Hugo’s because of the Puppies’ mostly white, male slate of nominees. I notice that other people, such as Lynn E. O’Connacht, are calling it a win for diversity because Thomas Olde Huevelt and Cixin Liu turned out to be the winners. According to O’Connacht, diversity in the award isn’t just about gender and race, but also about the international flavor of the awards. She’s written an interesting blog here where she breaks down the award nominees in fiction categories by country. It’s a little unclear about what years this covers, but O’Connacht notes that lists of nominees from 1953-1959 are not available. She also mentions the difficulties of dealing with shifting categories, pseudonyms and multi-country ethnicities. Whatever, here’s what she came up with.

Best Novel nominees by country:
US: 82.2% (106 authors)
UK: 12.4% (16 authors)
Canada: 3.1% (4 authors)
China: 0.8% (1 author)
France: 0.8% (1 author)
Jamaica: 0.8% (1 author)

Original languages for Best Novel nominees:
English: 98.4% (127 books)
French: 0.8% (1 book)
Chinese: 0.8% (1 book)

Best Novella, Best Novelette and Best Short Story nominees:
US: 74.5% (205 authors)
UK: 10.2% (28 authors)
Canada: 3.3% (9 authors)
Australia: 1.1% (3 authors)
France: 0.4% (1 author)
Netherlands: 0.4% (1 author)
Unknown: 10.2% (28 authors)

It’s obvious that the US dominates the awards. Expecting that the innovation of the Internet and online submissions might have made a difference for international publication of short fiction, O’Connacht also looks at the recent short fiction awards. Clearly these skew even more heavily to the US.

Short fiction awards from 1996-2015:
US: 76.9% (103 authors)
UK: 8.2% (11 authors)
Canada: 4.5% (6 authors)
Australia: 2.2% (3 authors)
France: 0.7% (1 author)
Netherlands: 0.7% (1 author)
Unknown: 6.7% (9 authors)

So, is the result this year really a win for diversity? Is it a signal that the Hugos are less US-centric (regardless that it’s called WorldCon)? Or were these results just an accident of Sad Puppy strategy? Actually, the statistics don’t look promising for non-US writers.

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