The David Gemmell Awards are among the most respected awards in fantasy fiction, and their longlists alone could fuel a good-sized TBR pile for several years straight. This year the Gemmell Awards will be hosted by my sort-of-home convention Edge-Lit, in Derby, on 15th July. The longlists are open to public vote, as of today, and will be so until 31st March.
Last year, Heir to the North was nominated to the longlist of the Legend Award by some extremely generous and lovely people. That was brilliant. 🙂
This year, The High King’s Vengeance is on the Legend longlist, alongside my fellow Grimbold authors Joanne Hall (The Summer Goddess) and Joel Cornah (The Sky Slayer). But not only that – my cover artist, Jorge Luis Torres (whose portfolios you can find here and here) is on the longlist for the Ravenheart Award too.
Your votes may, or may not, make a difference – but if you enjoyed any of the longlisted books last year (mine in particular but yes, other choices are available) then please go vote.
We’re really excited to be holding our next FREE event at Hull Central Library from 1pm February 25th. Check out their Science Fiction and Fantasy offerings, along side their digital library they have an impressively up to date collection with plenty of the classics too.
Three authors will be our guests, each of whom have award-worthy reputations.
Jim Hawkins’ screenplay was nominated for a BAFTA, but he will be reading from hislatest collection Fragments of Tomorrow. Jim’s prose work has regularly appeared in “The Best Of ” styled anthologies and his short stories can regularly be found in Interzone, one of the UK’s leading genre magazines. Jim inspired new writing for both screen and novel through the Hull University’s Creative Writing Degree. You can find more aboutJim Hawkins on his author page
Lee Harrison’s debut fantasy novel, The Bastard Wonderland, was recently featured on the Not the Booker…
If you haven’t pre-ordered your copy of Journeys yet, and you fancy learning a little more about my small contribution to that rather excellent anthology from Woodbridge Press, you could do far worse than peeking over at James Randall Schmidt’s blog, where I’ve laid out a few thoughts on how The Witness came to be written. (And there’s a few teasers from the story too – nothing too spoilery, mind…)
I have a story, The Witness, in the new anthology from Woodbridge Press, Journeys (releasing 15th February). It’s a cracking tale of vengeance in a dying world, but it’s not the only reason you need to buy this book.
Juliet E McKenna.
Gail Z Martin.
Those are even better reasons to preorder this book now. And the best reason of all?
I’m over at Michael Miller’s place today, as part of his series on Writing Journeys. Previous entries in the series have included Mark Lawrence, Jen Williams, Ben Galley, Anna Smith-Spark and more, so that’s mighty tall company for a short-ass like me to be in.
A lot of the journeys featured have looked back at how authors start out and get their first ideas and carry those through to completion. I thought it might be interesting to look at a different angle – what about that Difficult Second Idea? What lessons have I learned from Malessar’s Curse?
While you’re over there reading that (and don’t forget to scroll back to see the rest of the series – it’s well worth it, believe me), do sign up/subscribe to Michael’s updates, not least because he’s a good bloke and he’ll give you a free download of his debut novel The Dragon’s Blade for doing so. You really can’t say fairer than that, can you?
He’s right, y’know. It’s a very English thing, hiding your light under a bushel. And as authors, we’re more reserved than most folks. But with a new year comes a new round of shortlists, longlists, and nomination suggestions. For what it’s worth, however much it may be, here’s my eligible writing from the last twelve months.
The High King’s Vengeance, published by Kristell Ink/Grimbold Books, edited by Joanne Hall, cover art by Jorge Luis Torres.