Imagine an arena...
No, not that one - not the Colosseum. That's a little out of the budget I had in mind.
Listen to the roar of the crowd...
No, not that one either - you really think I'm talking about the back room in the local ye-olde-tavern where the drunkards take potshots at each other?
Smell the sweat - hear the thud of flesh - taste the...
No, no, NO! I'm not talkinga bout Christian Grey's 'Red Room'!
Ok, this is getting out of hand now. Before we smear the remaining six wonders of the world (wait, the tavern isn't in that list?!?) or infringe on any other intellectual properties (we could always take a swing at Hogwarts if you'd like?) let's get down to it.
Voting for the long list of the David Gemmell MORNINGSTAR AWARD closed last week. The shortlist will be announced at the Nine Worlds GeekFest event on Sunday 11th August...THAT'S THIS WEEK!
Ok, ok, ok - I'm excited, I'll admit it.
And, I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but the awards themselves will take place on Thursday 31st October, as part of the World Fantasy Convention in Brighton.
The Morningstar Award is a very special category, because not only does it crown a well deserving author for her/his debut novel, but it also marks the rising stars in Fantasy for years to come.
This year the longlist nominees (and their respective titles) were:
As a huge supporter of new talent within the fantasy genre, I've invited each of the long list nominees to post a guest blog on 'Written With a Sword'. These guys and gals are the ones to watch, and how better to get acquainted with them than this?
Stay tuned for their pieces' - and stay tuned for announcement of the short list next week!