David Gemmell Legend Awards season! The organisers have made the sensible decision to organise this year's prize around major conventions - with the shortlist announcement coming at Nine Worlds and the winner at World Fantasy.
So... Longlists for the Legend (Novel), Morningstar (Debut) and Ravenheart (Art) are all up. Some folks are already bandying around the world "finalist" which is... wrong. We've got a round of voting then the shortlists, so don't get too excited just yet.
It is fair to say that my past posts on the DGLA have been a bit... mixed. But, the award gets better every year and I understand (even if I don't wholly agree with) the desire to have an award that is solely about celebrating the genre. Above all, I really like that it is a popular award - I don't always (read: almost never) agree with the results, but I do like that the DGLA adds a completely different perspective into the mix.
With that in mind, I'll be continuing the Pornokitsch tradition of reviewing all ten shortlisted novels & debuts, as soon as they're announced. I'll get a schedule in place as well, so everyone can join in with the fun.
Meanwhile, have a gander at the longlists. The site is a bit of an epic quest in and of itself, but here are the links:
- Legend (Novel) [Very, very long list]
- Morningstar (Debut) [Very, very short list]
- Ravenheart (Art) [Very, very long list. Also, no gallery, so you need to click the links to see the covers. Hmpf.]
You have until the 31 July to vote at this stage. So get cracking. If you don't vote, you can't bitch about the results. (Them's the rules.)