Gemmell Awards Longlist – Voting Opens Today

Today, Friday April 10th, sees voting open for the 7th Gemmell Awards, the longlist for which was announced today.

The aims of the awards, named after legendary fantasy writer David Gemmell, are  to raise public awareness of the Fantasy genre, to celebrate the history and cultural importance of Fantasy literature and to appreciate and reward excellence in the field.

The longlists for the Legend Award – for the best novel of fantasy fiction, the Morningstar Award – for the best fantasy debut novel, and the Ravenheart Award – for the year’s best fantasy cover art – can all be seen on the newly designed website, launched for the occasion.

Awards Chair Stan Nicholls said: ‘The new website is a key part of our plan for the awards going forward, and will allow us to really expand our online output. Add to this the longlist announcement and voting beginning and we have some really exciting times ahead for the Gemmell Awards – I can’t wait to see what wonderful fantasy books the public have to choose from!’

The David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy began in 2009, with the aim of celebrating the best in fantasy fiction and commemorating the work of David Gemmell. Previous winners Andrezj Sapowski, Graham McNeill, Brandon Sanderson, Pierre Pevel, Patrick Rothfuss, Helen Lowe, Brent Weeks, John Gwynne, Brian McLellan and Mark Lawrence.

The longlists will be whittled down to a shortlist, whereupon voting will open again and fantasy fans and readers will have the chance to vote for their favourites again.

Voting on each of 2015’s longlists closes at midnight on Friday 15th May.

Voting on the shortlist opens on Monday 1st June and closes at midnight on Friday 17th July.

The presentation takes place at 8pm on Saturday 8th August at Nine Worlds Geekfest.

29th Arthur C. Clarke Award Shortlist Announced

Hot on the heels of the BSFA Award Winners and the Hugo shortlist comes the Clarke Awards, as we affectionately know ’em. The six shortlisted books for the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel of the year published in 2014 are:

The Girl With All The Gifts – M.R. Carey (Orbit)
The Book Of Strange New Things – Michel Faber (Canongate)
Europe In Autumn – Dave Hutchinson (Solaris)
Memory Of Water – Emmi Itäranta (HarperVoyager)
The First Fifteen Lives Of Harry August – Claire North (Orbit)
Station Eleven – Emily St John Mandel (Picador)

The 6 shortlisted titles were selected from a list of 107 individual eligible submissions, put forward by 36 different publishing houses and imprints.

None of the authors above have been listed for this award before, and what a fantastically broad and diverse mix of science fiction books they represent. We also note that two of our own shortlist for the BSFA Awards have made this list – Dave Hutchinson’s Europe in Autumn and Claire North’s the First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, so that’s yet another ringing endorsement for these two books.

Award Director Tom Hunter said, “This is a quintessentially Clarke Award kind of a shortlist of exactly the sort that we’ve become known for over the years and always love to celebrate. Congratulations to all of our shortlisted authors, their publishing teams and, of course, a big thank you to everyone on our judging panel this year […] A good shortlist isn’t a statement about what you should like, it’s an invitation to go beyond the limits of what you already know so you can experience and enjoy something new. Why limit an appreciation of a literature that’s built on the power of human imagination?

We would also like the thank the judges here at the BSFA. It’s not so easy to get through 107 books! You’ve done us proud.

The judging panel for the Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015 are:

 Duncan Lawie, British Science Fiction Association

  • Nicholas Whyte, British Science Fiction Association
  • Sarah Brown, Science Fiction Foundation
  • Lesley Hall, Science Fiction Foundation
  • Leila Abu El Hawa, SCI-FI-LONDON film festival

 Andrew M. Butler represents the Arthur C. Clarke Award in a non-voting role as the Chair of the Judges. 

 The winner will be announced on Wednesday 6th May at an exclusive award ceremony held at Foyles Bookshop, London, and taking place as part of the activities leading up to the SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival.

 The winner will be presented with a cheque for £2015.00 and the award itself, a commemorative engraved bookend. 

David Gemmell Ceremony Date Announced

The ceremony for the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy – the award which recognises the very best in fantasy fiction and artwork each year –  is now confirmed to take place at Nine Worlds Geekfest, and will be taking place at 8pm on Saturday 8th August.


The Legend Award

The ceremony will see the three 2015 awards presented, with the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel, Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut and Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art. Attracting a wide host of writers and publishing professionals, the glitzy ceremony is always a highlight of the fantasy fiction calendar.

Stan Nicholls, Chair for the Gemmell Awards, said: ‘I couldn’t think of a better event for us to partner with than Nine Worlds, and we look forward to bringing another superb awards ceremony not only to our regular attendees but a whole new audience on 8th August.’

Nine Worlds Geekfest runs from the 7th-9th August at Heathrow.

David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy to Take Place at World Fantasycon, Brighton

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This year sees the fifth ever David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy, and appropriately the winner will be announced  on Thursday 31st October at World Fantasycon at the Brighton Metropole hotel.

The David Gemmell Awards honour the life of one of fantasy fiction’s most acclaimed authors and seek to recognize the very best of modern literature in the field.

Three awards will be presented during the ceremony: the Legend Award for best novel, the Morningstar Award for best debut and the Ravenheart Award for best cover art. As well as these presentations, the ceremony features the Gemmell Awards auction, with some incredible lots to be bid for, including a full year’s worth of Tor UK books, a manuscript assessment from renowned editor Jo Fletcher, and art prints from leading artists Anne Sudworth and Dominic Harman.

The ceremony will also include the official launch of  ‘Legends’, a collection of new short stories written in honour of David Gemmell. Published by NewCon Press, the anthology features a fantastic line-up of contributors including Joe Abercrombie, James Barclay, Tanith Lee, Juliet E McKenna, Stan Nicholls, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Ian Whates and many others.


Proceedings begins at 8pm, and close around 9:30pm. Entry to the event is free, and no ticket is required – anyone interested in attending can simply turn up on the night itself. Please note that while the event is affiliated with the World Fantasy Convention, also running at the Brighton Metropole Hotel, attending the ceremony does not also allow entry to the convention.

Shortlist for the Legend Awards:

ABERCROMBIE, Joe – Red Country – Gollancz

KRISTOFF, Jay – Stormdancer – Pan Macmillan UK

LAWRENCE, Mark – King of Thorns – Harper Collins UK

LOWE, Helen – The Gathering of the Lost – Orbit

WEEKS, Brent – The Blinding Knife – Orbit

Shortlist for Morningstar Award:

AHMED, Saladin – Throne of the Crescent Moon – Gollancz & DAW

CAMERON, Miles – The Red Knight – Gollancz

GWYNNE, John – Malice – Pan Macmillan UK

HARTE, Aidan – Irenicon – Jo Fletcher Books

KRISTOFF, Jay – Stormdancer – Pan Macmillan UK

Shortlist for Ravenheart Award:

GRAFFET, Didier & SENIOR, David – Red Country – Joe Abercrombie – Gollancz

HARMAN, Dominic – The Legion of Shadow – Michael J. Ward – Gollancz

LANG, Neil – Stormdancer – Jay Kristoff – Pan Macmillan UK

LANGLEY, Clint – Besieged – Rowena Cory Daniells – Solaris

MANHOOD, Silas – The Blinding Knife – Brent Weeks – Orbit

YOULL, Stephen – The Black Mausoleum – Stephen Deas – Gollancz

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David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy – latest shortlist and new appointments

DGLA large imageCurrently in its fifth year, the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy, one of fantasy fiction’s most prestigious prizes, has announced its shortlist for 2013. Featuring some of the best-known and most talented names within the field, The Legend Award for Best Novel includes titles by author of the First Law Trilogy Joe Abercrombie, Australian debut novelist Jay Kristoff, up-and-coming fantasy star Mark Lawrence, the winner of last year’s Morningstar debut award Helen Lowe and leading US fantasy author Brent Weeks.

The Morningstar Award is given for Best Debut, and sees Jay Kristoff’s Stormdancer nominated a second time, plus nominations for acclaimed first novels by Saladin Ahmed, Mile Cameron, John Gwynne and Aidan Harte.

The Ravenheart Award for Best Cover Art is a unique award acknowledging and celebrating the superb work done by fantasy artists, and this year features a stellar set of nominees including Didier Graffet and David Senior, Dominic Harman, Clint Langley, Silas Manhood, Colin Thomas and Stephen Youll.

Stan Nicholls, Chair for the Gemmell Awards, said, ‘Once again the award shortlists take in a stunning range of fiction and artwork, which is truly international in nature and features not only household names in fantasy but also some of the most exciting new talent around. Whoever takes home each of the three prizes, they will undoubtedly be worthy winners – in fact, given the wealth of superb releases in 2012, achieving a nomination is quite an accolade in itself.’


Legend Award (Best novel)

Joe Abercrombie: The Red Country  (Gollancz)

Jay Kristoff: Stormdancer  (Pan Macmillan UK)

Mark Lawrence: King of Thorns  (HarperCollins/Voyager)

Helen Lowe: The Gathering of the Lost  (Orbit)

Brent Weeks: The Blinding Knife  (Orbit)

Morningstar Award (Best debut novel)

Saladin Ahmed: Throne of the Crescent Moon  (Gollancz and DAW)

Miles Cameron: The Red Knight  (Gollancz)

John Gwynne: Malice  (Pan Macmillan UK)

Aidan Harte: Irenicon  (Jo Fletcher Books)

Jay Kristoff: Stormdancer  (Pan Macmillan UK)

Ravenheart Award  (Best cover art)

Didier Graffet and Dave Senior, for The Red Country by Joe Abercrombie  (Gollancz)

Dominic Harman, for Legion of Shadow by Michael J. Ward  (Gollancz)

Clint Langley, for Besieged by Rowenna Cory Daniells  (Solaris)

Silas Manhood, for The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks  (Orbit)

Colin Thomas, for Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff  (Pan Macmillan UK)

Stephen Youll, for The Black Mausoleum by Stephen Deas  (Gollancz)

The David Gemmell Awards ceremony will take place at the Metropole Hotel in Brighton on the 31st October, the location of this year’s World Fantasy Convention. For more information on the awards, simply visit

With just three months to go until the awards, event, the Gemmells have welcomed in a new PR and communications officer, Alex Davis. Alex has been working actively in genre fiction for the last ten years, including in running events such as Alt.Fiction, EdgeLit and Futura, and in that time has worked with a host of leading names in the field.

Alex said ‘It’s a pleasure to be involved in one of the leading genre awards worldwide, and a role that excites me greatly. I’m looking forward to further raising the profile of the Gemmells – and in turn fantasy fiction on the whole – over the next few months.’


Not the Booker – Your Chance to Vote on the Shortlist

The longlist for The Guardian‘s annual ‘Not the Booker’ prize is out – and organiser Sam Jordisan is looking for genuine readers and lovers of fiction from the list to help draw up the shortlist.

With several works of speculative fiction on the list, who knows, maybe some of these will make the coveted shortlist…

Example works that may be of interest to BSFA members include:

Kate Atkinson – Life After Life
Brian Catling – The Vorrh
Andrew Crumey – The Secret Knowledge
Jonathan Grimwood – The Last Banquet
Christopher Priest – The Adjacent
Jess Richards – Cooking with Bones
James Smythe – The Machine
Marcel Theroux – Strange Bodies
Plus many more great books – see the website.
In order to vote, you must submit or have already submitted a review of the books to which you can link. You must vote for two books, and they must be from different publishers. Apart from that, it’s up to you!
Votes must be submitted by midnight 11th August.