2018 David Gemmell Awards Shortlists

Shortlists for The 2018 David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy — the Legend, Morningstar, and Ravenheart Awards — have been posted. The awards recognize the best in fantasy fiction and artwork. Open voting on the finalists has begun and will continue until midnight on June 1.

The awards will be presented July 14 at Edge-Lit 7 in Derby, UK.

LEGEND AWARD

The Legend Award is presented to the fantasy title judged the year’s best by open vote.

  • Miles Cameron: The Fall of Dragons, Book 5 of the Traitor Son Cycle (Gollancz)
  • Robin Hobb: Assassin’s Fate, Book 3 of Fitz and The Fool (HarperVoyager)
  • Mark Lawrence: Red Sister, Book 1 of Book of the Ancestor (HarperVoyager)
  • Steve McHugh: Scorched Shadows, Book 7 of The Hellequin Chronicles (47 North)
  • Brandon Sanderson: Oathbringer, Book 3 of The Stormlight Archive (Gollancz)

MORNINGSTAR AWARD

The Morningstar Award honors the author judged to have made the year’s best debut in fantasy fiction.

  • RJ Barker: Age of Assassins, Book 1 of The Wounded Kingdom (Orbit
  • Melissa Caruso: The Tethered Mage, Book 1 of the Swords and Fire Trilogy (Orbit)
  • Nicholas Eames: Kings of the Wyld, Book 1 of The Band (Orbit)
  • Ed McDonald: Blackwing, Book 1 of The Raven’s Mark (Gollancz)
  • Anna Smith-Spark: The Court of Broken Knives, Book 1 of The Empires of Dust (HarperVoyager)

RAVENHEART AWARD

The Ravenheart Award is given to the creator of the year’s best fantasy book cover art.

  • Richard Anderson for Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (Orbit): Design by Lisa Marie Pompilio.
  • Kerem Beyit for The Fall of Dragons by Miles Cameron (Gollancz): Design by Sidonie Beresford-Browne, Abi Hartshorne, Sue Michniewicz and Jamie Tanner.
  • Sam Green for Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz): Design by Tomas Almeida.
  • Jackie Morris and Stephen Raw for Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb (HarperVoyager): Design by Dominic Forbes.
  • Kerby Rosanes for Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (HarperVoyager): Design by Micaela Alcaino.

This is the awards’ tenth year.

[Thanks to Mark Hepworth for the story.]

10 thoughts on “2018 David Gemmell Awards Shortlists

  1. Voted.

    Note that they show the covers of the nominees, so you can vote on the Ravenheart just by looking at them on the web site. It’s a tough choice.

    Also, these are the awesomest awards. How great must they look on the bookshelf?!

  2. I didn’t realize Kings of the Wyld would have multiple books and now really excited for the next one. Congrats all!

  3. I haven’t read Kings of the Wyld But I thought that Blackwing was a very strong first novel. Reminiscent of The Black Company, with a touch of Clive Barker, and a tragic love story woven into it.

  4. Voted for 2 of the 3. (No strong feelings on Morningstar)
    Realy routing for Robin Hobb here.
    I don’t remember how the men/women ratio of former Gemmellawards was, but I remember that the Gemmell was not awful.

  5. The Gemmells have only been around for 10 years. Prior to this year, the Legend has had 3 finalists by women out of 46, and the Morningstar has had 10 finalists by women out of 46.

    So 4 women out of 10 finalists this year is a big improvement.

  6. @JJ are there 4 women? I only spotted three, but it’s possible I’m missing a pseudonym.

  7. nickpheas: are there 4 women? I only spotted three, but it’s possible I’m missing a pseudonym.

    Oops, no, looks as though I miscounted, and there are 3 Finalists who are women this year.

  8. JJ: Depends, if you count the artist one, too.
    Robin Hoob, Melissa Caruso and Anna Smith-Spark are all women.
    And Jackie Morris is one of the artist resposible for the Hoobcover.

  9. StefanB: Depends, if you count the artist one, too.

    I didn’t include any statistics about the genders of the artists and designers of the Ravenheart finalists, because there doesn’t appear to be a complete list anywhere, and the Gemmells have usually done a poor job of crediting the designers — but what I could find for cover artists indicates 6 women in 10 years, 4 of whom were Jackie Morris.

    This is what I managed to pull together, from about 7 different websites:

    2018
    Richard Anderson (Art) and Lisa Marie Pompilio (Design) for Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames (Orbit)
    • Kerem Beyit (Art) and Sidonie Beresford-Browne, Abi Hartshorne, Sue Michniewicz and Jamie Tanner (Design) for The Fall of Dragons by Miles Cameron (Gollancz)
    • Sam Green (Art) and Tomas Almeida (Design) for Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
    • Jackie Morris and Stephen Raw (Art) and Dominic Forbes (Design) for Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb (HarperVoyager)
    • Kerby Rosanes (Art) and Micaela Alcaino (Design) for Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff (HarperVoyager)

    2017
    Alessandro Baldasseroni for Black Rift by Josh Reynolds (Black Library)
    • Jason Chan for The Wheel of Osheim by Mark Lawrence (Ace Books)
    • Sam Green for The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
    • Kerby Rosanes for Nevernight by Jay Kristoff (Harper Voyager, Australia)
    • Paul Young for Wrath by John Gwynne (Tor Books)

    2016
    Jason Chan for The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence (Harper/Voyager)
    • Kerem Beyit for The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron (Gollancz)
    • Larry Elmore & Carol Russo Design for Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia (Baen)
    • Raymond Swanland for Archaon: Lord of Chaos by Rob Sanders (Black Library)
    • Paul Young for Ruin by John Gwynne (Pan Macmillan)

    2015
    Sam Green for Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
    • Laura Brett for The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss (Gollancz)
    • Mike Bryan for Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (HarperCollins UK)
    • Jason Chan for Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence (HarperCollins UK)
    • Jackie Morris for Fool’s Assassin by Robin Hobb (HarperCollins UK)

    2014
    Jason Chan for Emperor of Thorns by Mark Lawrence (HarperCollins UK)
    • Benjamin Carré for The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch (Gollancz)
    • Cheol Joo Lee for Skarsnik by Guy Haley (Black Library)
    • Gene Mollica and Michael Frost for Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan (Orbit)
    • Rhett Podersoo for She Who Waits by Daniel Polansky (Hodder)

    2013
    Didier Graffet and Dave Senior for The Red Country by Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
    • Dominic Harman for Legion Of Shadow by Michael J. Ward (Gollancz)
    • Clint Langley for Besieged by Rowenna Cory Daniells (Solaris)
    • Silas Manhood for The Blinding Knife by Brent Weeks (Orbit)
    • Colin Thomas for Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff (Pan Macmillan UK)
    • Stephen Youll for The Black Mausoleum by Stephen Deas (Gollancz)

    2012
    Raymond Swanland for Blood of Aenarion by William King (Black Library)
    • Aaron Briggs for Journey By Night by Kim Falconer (Harper Voyager Australia)
    • Frank Victoria for Oracle’s Fire by Mary Victoria (Harper Voyager, Australia)
    • Didier Graffet and Dave Senior for The Heroes by Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
    • Larry Rostant for Among Thieves by Douglas Hulick (Tor Books)

    2011
    Olof Erla Einarsdottir for Power & Majesty by Tansy Rayner Roberts (Harper Voyager Australia)
    • Todd Lockwood for The Ragged Man by Tom Lloyd (Pyr)
    • Cliff Nielsen for The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit Books)
    • Jon Sullivan for Shadow King by Gav Thorpe (Black Library)
    • Frank Victoria for Tymon’s Flight by Mary Victoria (Harper Voyager, Australia)

    2010
    Didier Graffet (sword) and Dave Senior (mapwork) (Illustration) and Laura Brett (Art Direction) for Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie (Gollancz)
    • Jackie Morris (Illustration) and Dominic Forbes (Art Direction) for The Dragon Keeper by Robin Hobb (Voyager)
    • Larry Rostant (Illustration) and Loulou Clarke (Art Direction) for Fire by Kristin Cashore (Gollancz)
    • Jon Sullivan (Illustration) for Empire by Graham McNeill (Black Library)
    • Jon Sullivan (Illustration) and Sue Michniewitz (Art Direction) for The Cardinal’s Blades by Pierre Pevel (Gollancz)

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