…this post is exactly what it says on the tin I suppose!! Surprised and overjoyed to see that my collection “Sing Your Sadness Deep” has been shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award in ‘Best Collection’. And as a bonus, “The Pain-Eater’s Daughter” is up for ‘Best Short Story’.
There are some truly wonderful works shortlisted this year. I’m particularly pleased to see Penny Jones nominated for two awards – a very underrated author whose works should be more widely read. Also shortlisted is the wonderful Priya Sharma, whose novella “Ormeshadow” is one of my reading highlights of the year. I’m pleased also to see nominations for Helen Marshall, Jen Williams, RJ Barker, Alison Littlewood, Adam Nevill, Nathan Ballingrud, Gareth Powell, Tade Thompson, Robert Shearman, Julie Travis, Maura McHugh, my fellow Undertow author Georgina Bruce, Steven Volk, Aliette de Bodard, Paul Tremblay and Lynda Rucker, among many others – the full shortlist can be read here.
It’s truly an honour to be shortlisted, and it reminds me how much I miss all my friends and peers in the writing community. With Edge-Lit, Fantasycon and Stokercon all (understandably) cancelled this year even my introverted self is really feeling it…those opportunities to come together with people I love and respect, and to meet new people, which are so often the highlight of my year, and I dearly miss the opportunity to raise a drink to all the nominees and celebrate their achievements. Maybe next year….