Hugo Base

Earlier year, Sasquan hosted a design competition to determine the base that will be used for the 2015 Hugo Award trophies. We received seven design entries from very qualified artists. The winner of the Hugo Base design competition is Matthew Dockrey. He will receive a full (five-day) attending membership for Sasquan and will take part in the public unveiling of the design. The winning base will be unveiled at the opening ceremony of Sasquan and will be on display throughout the run of the convention. Congratulations Matthew!


The World Science Fiction Convention has given out the Hugo Awards for achievement in Science Fiction and Fantasy since the early 1950s. The Hugo trophy comprises a metal rocket on a base.

1961 Hugo Award TrophyThe Hugo Award rocket was inspired by the finned rockets of Willy Ley and was designed by Jack McKnight and Ben Jason. Early rockets varied; in one notable case (in 1956), Dave Kyle got away with using hood-mascots from an Oldsmobile model. The rocket design has since been standardized, and the rockets currently produced were designed by British fan, Peter Weston.

(There is an article on the official Hugo Awards website providing more information about the way the rockets are made.)

The design for the base on which the rocket is mounted is the responsibility of each Worldcon committee and, thus, changes each year. This is an honor that Worldcon committees take very seriously, and typically the design is created either by direct commission of an artist or designer or by open competition.

A photographic archive of many of the previous bases can be found on the Hugo Awards website.

The base will be added to the physical archive of Hugo base designs and become part of the Hugo History exhibit that travels to each Worldcon.