The finalists for the 2016 David Gemmell Awards have been announced. Open public voting will continue through August 19. The winners will be announced September 24 at Fantasycon in Scarborough (UK).
Legend Award – 2016
The Legend Award is presented to the fantasy title judged the year’s best by open vote.
- Miles Cameron, The Dread Wyrm (Gollancz)
- Larry Correia, Son of the Black Sword (Baen)
- David Guymer, Gotrek & Felix: Slayer (Black Library)
- John Gwynne, Ruin (Pan Macmillan)
- Mark Lawrence, The Liar’s Key (Harper/Voyager)
Morningstar Award – 2016
The Morningstar Award honours the author judged, by open vote, to have made the year’s best debut in fantasy fiction.
- Stephen Aryan, Battlemage (Orbit)
- Seth Dickinson, The Traitor (Pan Macmillan)
- Francesca Haig, The Fire Sermon (Harper/Voyager)
- Lucy Hounsom, Starborn (Pan Macmillan)
- Peter Newman, The Vagrant (Harper/Voyager)
- Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the Ashes (Harper/Voyager)
All of the works that made the longlist have been rolled over as finalists. The administrators explained:
We normally have five finalists in each category, except in the case of a draw, which has happened only once in the awards’ history. However, as we had just six nominees for the Morningstar this year, and the number of votes separating fifth and sixth place weren’t that great, we thought it was fairest to let all six nominees go through to the final.
The Ravenheart Award is given to the artist/s responsible for the year’s best fantasy book cover art, as chosen by open vote.
View the artwork from each of the nominees here.
- Kerem Beyit for The Dread Wyrm by Miles Cameron (Gollancz)
- Jason Chan for The Liar’s Key by Mark Lawrence (Harper/Voyager)
- Larry Elmore & Carol Russo Design for Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia
- Raymond Swanland for Archaon: Lord of Chaos by Rob Sanders (Black Library)
- Paul Young for Ruin by John Gwynne (Pan Macmillan)