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We will be announcing the Gemmell Awards 2014 shortlisted titles this Saturday at Eastercon, Satellite 4, Glasgow at 12 noon in Argyll 2. 

Please join us if you can!

Added by Christine Harrison on April 14, 2014 at 14:36 — No Comments

Review time!

Reviews are a great way for us to see what you think about our long list and a guide for people considering something new to read.  Books featured in our long list are available for you to read and review on our site - if you are interested, read on....

Titles are sent out on a first come first served basis but we will do our best to make sure as many people as possible get a book to review and hopefully their preference.  For the first time this year we have a couple of titles…


Added by Christine Harrison on February 28, 2014 at 12:20 — No Comments

Voting has commenced

Vote now for your favourite book, new author or cover art - the long list is open!

Get involved with the literary fantasy equivalent of the Oscars.

The readers decide......

Added by Christine Harrison on February 28, 2014 at 12:11 — No Comments

Nominations 2014

Just so you know - we have opened our gates to nominations for 2014 (books published in 2013).

Our calendar goes like this:

Nominations for the long list until 31st January 2014

Long list published and voting begins on Friday 28th February 2014…


Added by Christine Harrison on December 10, 2013 at 22:00 — No Comments

Winners' interviews 2013

Afternoon all,

Well, the dust is beginning to settle on this year's Gemmell Awards, and we thought this'd be a good opportunity to have a chat with the 2013 winners while they are still basking in the glow of victory. First up on the roll of honour is Brent Weeks, whose novel The Blinding Knife claimed the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel. We caught up with him shortly after the results had broken.

First of all, a huge congratulations on…


Added by Alex Davis on November 11, 2013 at 16:00 — No Comments

Gemmell Awards for Fantasy - the 2013 winners!

Evening all,

Well, while I couldn't make the ceremony myself, I'm delighted to be able to announce the winners in each of the three categories of this year's David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy. A truly international list, and some absolutely world-class talent on the winners list. Congrats to all those who took the prizes home, and also to all the nominees for making the shortlist.

So, drumroll please...




Added by Alex Davis on October 31, 2013 at 21:10 — No Comments

Gemmell Awards Ceremony - the details

Afternoon all,

Thought this would be a good juncture to post up some more details as per the Gemmell Awards Ceremony this Thursday - can the trick or treating, because this is definitely the place to be for Hallowe'en...

This year sees the fifth running of the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy, celebrating the life of one of fantasy fiction's most acclaimed authors as well as recognising the very best of modern literature in the field. The awards will be presented at a…


Added by Alex Davis on October 28, 2013 at 14:46 — No Comments

Morningstar Interview - John Gwynne

Morning all,

Welcome back to the latest of our David Gemmell Award interviews - today I'm delighted to be chatting to John Gwynne, whose title Malice is nominated for this year's Morningstar Award for best fantasy debut. Over to you, John...…


Added by Alex Davis on October 16, 2013 at 10:00 — No Comments

Morningstar Interview - Aidan Harte

Afternoon all,

Another week to mark off in the diary, which of course means another one of our Gemmell Awards interviews - and from today we'll be switching our focus to our Morningstar nominees for best fantasy debut. Today we talk to Aidan Harte, the author of Irenicon:

1) Tell us a little about your nominated title, Irenicon.

Irenicon is a Fantasy set in a counter-factual 14th century Italy, a

land of warring city-states populated by flag wielding martial…


Added by Alex Davis on October 7, 2013 at 12:29 — No Comments

October is 'Gemmells Giveaway' month!

Afternoon all,

With today marking the start of October, and the month of the Gemmell Awards ceremony in Brighton, we thought I'd be nice to celebrate a bit! So, throughout October, we'll be giving away a superb range of prizes, including copies of all of this year's nominated titles. And we'll be starting in that spirit today by giving away three copies of Mark Lawrence's tremendous King of Thorns this very evening, courtesy of the good folks at Harper Voyager.

How do I…


Added by Alex Davis on October 1, 2013 at 16:15 — No Comments

Legend Award Interview - Mark Lawrence

Afternoon all,

Today marks not only the last of our Legend Award nominee interviews, but also the FINAL DAY to get your votes in for the Gemmell Awards! So be sure to click the links above for the Legend, Morningstar and Ravenheart voting and make sure you make yours count - it all closes at midnight tonight!

With that public service announcement out of the way, I'm delighted to hand over to Mark Lawrence, Legend-nominated for his recent title KING OF…


Added by Alex Davis on September 30, 2013 at 13:56 — No Comments

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Added by Chauncey Fredrickson on September 26, 2013 at 16:19 — No Comments

Legend Award Interview - Brent Weeks

Morning all,

Another Monday rolls around, and the start of a new week means time for another of our fabulous Gemmell Award interviews! Today we're joined by Brent Weeks, nominated for this year's Legend Award with the THE BLINDING KNIFE.

1) Tell us a little about your nominated title, The Blinding Knife.

The Blinding Knife is the second installment of my epic fantasy series, Lightbringer. With readers now having a good grasp of the…


Added by Alex Davis on September 23, 2013 at 8:36 — No Comments

Legend Award Interview - Jay Kristoff

Afternoon All,

Well, I simply couldn't wait until Monday, so here is the latest in our series of interviews with our Legend Awards nominees - Jay Kristoff's Stormdancer is in fact nominated for both the Legend and Morningstar Award, although that doesn't mean he'll be getting two interview slots - that would just be…


Added by Alex Davis on September 15, 2013 at 15:00 — No Comments

Legend Award Interview - Helen Lowe

Morning all,

Another Monday has rolled around, and that means time for another of our Legend Award nominee interviews - today's featured author is Helen Lowe, winner of the 2012 Morningstar Award with The Heir of Night and this time nominated for the sequel, The Gathering of the Lost.

1.Tell us a little about your nominated title, The Gathering of the Lost.



Added by Alex Davis on September 9, 2013 at 9:59 — 1 Comment

Legend Award Interview - Joe Abercrombie

Afternoon all,

Today we'll be starting a series of interviews with our award nominees, which will be going up around one a week until the awards ceremony on the 31st October. To kick things off, I'm delighted to have had the chance to ask five pertinent questions of Joe Abercrombie. Joe is nominated for the Legend Award with Red Country, and has been featured on the Gemmell Awards shortlist a number of times over the last few years.…


Added by Alex Davis on September 2, 2013 at 17:14 — No Comments

'Legends' anthology details confirmed!

It's a very special year for the Gemmell Awards, with 2013 marking the fifth running of the event, and to celebrate that fact - and indeed celebrate the life and legacy of David Gemmell - this year will see the launch of 'Legends', a new anthology of stories in honour of the acclaimed author himself.

Released by NewCon press, 'Legends' features a stellar line-up of writing talent and will be launched at this year's World Fantasy Convention to coincide with the Gemmell Awards…


Added by Alex Davis on August 28, 2013 at 9:25 — No Comments

2013 shortlists revealed!

Evening All,

You might be thinking to yourself that Sunday evening is not usually a very exciting time of the week, but this week it's a tad different, as I can now announce the shortlists for this year's David Gemmell Legend Awards for Fantasy! The live announcement was made moments ago at the Nine Worlds Geekfest in London, and I'm happy to be able to spread the word to the world! So many great books, and indeed some superb artwork up for the three awards...…


Added by Alex Davis on August 11, 2013 at 19:00 — 1 Comment

Permission to come aboard...

Very pleased to be posting my first blog here - I've just joined up with the committee as PR Officer, and really looking forward to working on the Gemmells between now and the fabulous awards ceremony this October! My first official task will be happening this Sunday, when I'll be spreading the good word on the shortlist for this year's awards following the live announcement at Nine Worlds Geekfest ( on Sunday…


Added by Alex Davis on August 8, 2013 at 10:02 — No Comments

Review of King of Thorns by Mark Lawrence

King of Thorns continues the story of  Honorous Jorg Ancrath, now ruling the Renar Highlands, taken from his uncle at the end of Prince of Thorns. It is now four or so years after the events of Prince and all is not well.

The Prince of Arrow and his army are at the gates and ready to take Jorg's castle and lands. The Prince of Arrow is intending to become the emperor of the 100 Kingdom's and all prophecies seem to say he will be successful in his quest.

As before the main story is…


Added by andrew michael angel on August 4, 2013 at 14:26 — No Comments

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