The Legend Award
I was informed today that Servant of a Dark God is on the Longlist for the David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy and the Morningstar Award for best fantasy debut. I believe this means the Rapture is close at hand, folks. Or maybe it just means Cthulhu has taken over the North Pole. In either event, Hunger, Sugar, Talen, Hogan, Nettle, Legs, River, the Mother (and the kick butt Hag’s Teeth) can win an award for general awesomeness. They can because voting is open to the public.
Kind of Like American Idol
You may ask: Is this like getting the Nobel peace prize? No. You have to have actually done something like take out a group of speedy Somali pirates or write a fantasy novel. These awards are not given out as scratch away prizes at McDonalds (you can get them at Wendy’s). This is an award given to:
- A full length novel published for the first time in the English language during the year of nomination (2009)
- Traditional, Heroic, Epic, or High Fantasy and/or in the spirit of David Gemmell’s own work
The nominees were submitted by editors working within a commercial genre fiction publisher (kind of like Hollywood week at American Idol). All the nominations are then put on the award’s Longlist. The public then votes for their favorite on the list. The poll opened December 26, 2009. Voting on the Longlist will close March 31, 2010. You’ll notice it is indeed a looong list. But you don’t have to have read all the novels. You just vote.
The top 5 novels with the most votes will be put on the award “Shortlist.” Then in April the public voting for the winner out of those five will begin, open to all. See, American Idol, except you can’t vote two gajillion times for the same girl/guy just because of the her/his drool inducing factor.
How to Vote
- View the list of Legend nominees here: http://gemmellaward.ning.com/page/legend-1
- Cast your vote by hovering over the Legend menu item as shown below; you’ll see a red Vote link; click it and select the book you want to vote for
- View the list of Morningstar nominees here: http://gemmellaward.com/page/morningstar-1
- Cast your vote by hovering over the Morningstar menu item and clicking the red Vote link.
Who is David Gemmell?
David Gemmell was a British writer of heroic fantasy. I’ve pasted two of his covers below. You can read more about him here.
For those of you interested in LDS authors, nominate SERVANT for the Whitney
Now that you’ve done your part to restore world order in the fantasy genre, if you’re interested in LDS authors/fiction, you can also nominate the Sugar, Talen, Hunger and the gang for The Whitney Award.
This is an award for novels by LDS authors. It works in the opposite way of the Legend award. In this one, the public nominates novels by LDS authors they like. Then a “panel of industry professionals, including authors, publishers, bookstore owners, distributors, critics, and others” vote on the nominations. Of course, because I’m one of those Carrier Monkeys of Evil Mormons (a future post, folks), Servant of a Dark God is eligible.
To nominate Servant of a Dark God go here: http://www.whitneyawards.com/nominations.php
Whew. Be happy. I’ll keep you updated to let you know if SERVANT makes the short list for either of these.