In 2021, Nerds of a Feather. Flock Together won the Hugo Award for Best Fanzine. It was our fifth nomination and first win in the category. However, we will not win our second this year - continuing an emergent tradition in this category started by our friends at Lady Business (and continued by 2020 winners The Book Smugglers), we are recusing ourselves from consideration for this year's award.
Why, you ask? Well, it's pretty simple: Fanzine is more than just an award category - it's a community. Over the years we've gotten to know our competitors for the award as peers, colleagues and friends. Really, "competitor" is a wrong term, because we aren't fighting over readers; rather, we all benefit from the community's growth and the conversations that emerge from that growth. We hope that other fanzines will benefit from the publicity and excitement that comes with being on the ballot, and have their own shot at taking home the big rocket. And while there's no guarantee we would win in 2022, we really just want to stand and cheer for our friends this year.
(We'll compete again in 2023.)