It’s Friday the 13th, a good day for burying your head in the cushions, locking the doors, and generally avoiding the world altogether. But if you did that today, you’d have missed the announcements coming from the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy – the long lists are up, and open for voting!
For the last eight years the Gemmell Awards – there are three in total, the Legend Award itself, the Morningstar (best debut), and the Ravenheart (best cover art) – have looked to honour the very best in fantasy fiction, especially those works that chime with some of the themes in heroic and epic fantasy that David Gemmell himself wrote about. Nominated authors in the past have included Kameron Hurley, Patrick Rothfuss, Brian Staveley, Brandon Sanderson, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Helen Lowe, Kristen Britain, Saladin Ahmed, Juliet Marillier… the list goes on, it really does.
This year’s long lists look strong. And this year, I have a very personal interest in them. No, the screen shot does not lie – Heir to the North is there in the main Legend Award long list. You could, if you feel strongly enough that Cassia’s quest to overturn the centuries-old curse on the lands of Caenthell was one of the best books you read last year, vote to put Heir to the North through to the whittled-down shortlist. Of course in doing so you’d be ignoring the frankly brilliant Guns of the Dawn (Adrian Tchaikovsky), the riproaring, levelled-up The Iron Ghost (Jen Williams), Edward Cox, Kate Elliott, Joanne Hall, Robin Hobb…
but, well, I wouldn’t stop you.
Whichever way you want to vote, you can do so here, until Friday 24th June: http://www.gemmellawards.com/award-voting-2016/
And those lists should sort your reading out for the rest of this year too.