Nonprofit fanfiction database Archive of Our Own just won a Hugo

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Archive of Our Own (AO3), the fan-run, nonprofit website thats home to more than 5 million transformative works like fanfiction, fanart, and podfics, won one of science fictions most prestigious awards at Worldcon Sunday night.

The website (which is part of the Organization of Transformative Works) won the Hugo for best related works, a widespread category that sometimes encompasses making-of books, pieces of criticism, and biographies. Fellow nominees included a book on Ursula K. Le Guins writing, a Hugo Award retrospective, a website that campaigned to sponsor Worldcon memberships for Mexican creators, and Lindsay Ellis video series on The Hobbit.

Even before AO3s win, the very fact that it was nominated for a Hugo was seen as a win by many fanfic writers and readers. Fanfiction has been historically derided or not seen as a legitimate way of exploring a fandom. Its also an avenue of exploring fandom thats often dominated by women and LGBTQ creators. (AO3 was originally founded after corporations attempted to exploit writers and monetize fanfiction.)

The very existence of AO3s nomination was a way of legitimizing fanfiction as a form of expression. But its win validates it even further, particularly in the science-fiction and fantasy community, which has long been seen as a male-dominant fieldeven though women have largely dominated the Hugo Awards (including this year).

But the sites win isnt something that can be boiled down to a handful of names, as co-founder Naomi Novik (who accepted the award on AO3s behalf) indicated in her acceptance speech.

Were up here accepting, but only on behalf of literally thousands of volunteers and millions of users, all of whom have come together and built this thriving home for fandom, a nonprofit and non-commercial community space built entirely by volunteer labor and user donations, on the principle that we needed a place of our own that was not out to exploit its users but to serve them, Novik said in an acceptance speech that was later posted online.

According to Novik, AO3s Hugo Award will be included as part of Worldcons traveling exhibition because it belongs to all of us.

At the end of her speech, Novik asked that anyone in the audience who felt like they belonged to the AO3 community to stand up. Much of the audience, which included fellow Hugo-nominated creators, did.

Fanfic writers have been taking the win in stride, with some of them pointing out that because AO3 had won a Hugo, it meant that they were all Hugo Award-winning writers.

You can check out the entire list of Hugo winners here.

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