The nominees for this year’s Gemmell Awards have been announced...
The shortlists for the Gemmell Awards 2016 have been announced, with the likes of Miles Cameron, Larry Correia and David Guymer leading the nominations for the Legend Award for best novel. Meanwhile, the Morningstar Award for best debut has been bumped to six nominees this year, thanks to overwhelming support for some of the new talent out there. Nominees include Stephen Aryan for Battlemage, Francesca Haig for The Fire Sermon and Sabaa Tahir for Ember In The Ashes.
“2015 was a strong year for speculative fiction in general,” says chair/co-treasurer Stan Nicholls. “We’re seeing the emergence of a number of new, younger voices, which is always good, as well as excellent work from established writers.”
On the art front, the Ravenheart Award for best cover include nods for the fantastic work by Raymond Swanland for Archaon: Lord Of Chaos (by Rob Sanders) and Paul Young for Ruin (by John Gwynne).
Nicholls adds: “Whenever we have to make a decision about the awards, we’ve often asked ourselves, ‘What would Dave [Gemmell] have wanted?’ And we’re confident that he would have approved of the awards being determined by an open vote. He respected his readers and trusted in their wisdom. This is all the more relevant, and poignant, as 28 July 2016 was the 10th anniversary of his death.”
Winners will be announced on 24 September. For more info visit www.gemmellawards.com.