A Fanfiction Website just got nominated for a Literary Award

In today’s lineup of surprising news, prolific fanfiction website Archive of Our Own (widely known as AO3) just received a nomination for a prestigious literary award, the Hugo Award.

Hugo Award

The Hugo Awards, instituted in 1953, are given each year to the best in science fiction and fantasy stories. This year, they have considered Archive of Our Own for the Hugo Award for “Best Related Work” or work that is “either non-fiction or, if fictional, is noteworthy primarily for aspects other than the fictional text, and which is not eligible in any other category.”

Many writers who have contributed their stories to the platform have expressed their thoughts on the nomination.

Archive of Our Own has been a home for writers around the world to share original and creative stories about different fandoms and characters—from television shows and movies like Game of Thrones and Harry Potter to anime series like Naruto and My Hero Academia. Since its debut in 2009, it has continued to be a “fan-created, fan-run, non-profit, non-commercial” website which crowdfunds from its immense pool of creators to cover its maintenance costs.

If anything, this Hugo nomination is a step towards fully acknowledging fanfiction as a valid and respectable form of literature.

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