The David Gemmell Awards

Some good news, recently. It appears that The Incorruptibles has been longlisted for the Gemmell Legend Award, the Gemmell Morningstar Award, and Edward Bettinson’s cover art has been nominated for a Ravenheart. The Incorruptibles is up against an amazing line-up of great books, including Ed Cox’s The Relic Guild, Den Patrick’s The Boy With The Porcelain Blade, Kameron Hurley’s The Mirror Empire, and many other fine works.

I don’t know if the Gemmell Awards count as a major one, but the Legend Award comes with an AXE, so that seems pretty major to me. The only “major” award I’ve been nominated for was the Stoker Award for Excellence in a first novel for Southern Gods. I didn’t win. Losing wasn’t so bad. I went to the convention, drank a lot, dressed up in a suit, and had a bad meal at a banquet table full of friends. The worst part of losing was simply the moment that they called out someone else’s name and everyone sitting with me at the table looked at me, scrutinizing my reaction.

The Stoker Awards have battled for relevance due to overt cronyism and nepotism. Between the Stokers and the Hugos, I think there’ll be a real and concerted push to reform their processes. I will offer here my sole thought regarding the Sad Puppies and their gaming of the Hugos – if a bunch of crusty old white dudes can game the Hugos and break them, it’s probably a good thing they did so that the SMOFs can shore up the processes and restore the integrity of the award, or the SFF public can move on and create something more relevant to today’s audiences and fans of science fiction and fantasy. It’d be a damn shame if the Hugos became as much of a joke as the Stokers, but it looks like they’re on that path unless something is done.

Anyway, I’m honored to be nominated and to see my name alongside some of the best writers working today. And that is enough.

If you liked The Incorruptibles I’d appreciate a vote. Failing that, head on over to the Gemmell Award website and vote for a book you did like, and the art work. Obviously, the SFF community needs as many untarnished awards it can get.

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