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The work on which the nominees are judged must class as “professional”, where the publication either

  1. provided at least a quarter the income of any one person, or
  2. was owned or published by any entity which provided at least a quarter the income of any of its staff and/or owner

"Professional" works include covers and interior art published in:


WSFS Constitution 3.3.12: Best Professional Artist. An illustrator whose work has appeared in a professional publication in the field of science fiction or fantasy during the previous calendar year.

WSFS Constitution 3.9.2: In the Best Professional Artist category, the acceptance should include citations of at least three (3) works first published in the eligible year.


For reference:

"Fan" works include covers and interior art published in:

  • Self-published books
  • Venues which are not SFWA-Qualified Markets
  • Work published by Semiprozines
  • Work published in Fanzines
  • Work published on websites (including the author's site)