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Synonyms: semi-pro zine
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Short for "semi-professional magazine", a semiprozine is a category of publication eligible for a Hugo award. According to Fancyclopedia, semiprozines started appearing in the 1970s, and the category was added in 1984 because previously semiprozines had been snapping up all the "best fanzine" awards.[1]

Under the current Hugo rules, one of the following must be true for a publication to be eligible:

  1. The publication pays its contributors and/or staff in other than copies of the publication.
  2. The publication was generally available only for paid purchase.[2]


  1. Semiprozine - Fancyclopedia 3, Archived version
  2. Hugo Award Categories, Archived version