For a description of the annual Hugo Awards, look at their official site. My nominees for certain categories are as follows:
Best Novel: Virtues of War by Bennett R. Coles.
I reviewed Virtues of War at this previous post.
Best Novella: “The Coward’s Option” by Adam-Troy Castro in Analog magazine.
I usually don’t review shorter works, but I did here.
Best Short Story: “The Narrative of More” by Tom Greene and “The Museum of Modern Warfare” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
I thought the best short story I read last year was “The Narrative of More.” It is the fascinating account of what seems to be an anthropologist studying a degenerate human colony on a planet. They live by foraging and cannot build a civilization, not because they lack intelligence, but because they are all habitual thieves and liars.
Since the Hugo Awards allow us more than one nominee in a category, I also included “The Museum of Modern Warfare,” where a veteran has to encounter old memories.
Best Professional Artist: Julie Dillon.
As I indicated in a previous post, Julie Dillon did a slideshow of her work at Norwescon.