Acceptance remarks made by winners of the 2013 Mythopoeic Awards have been posted.
Ursula Vernon, who won for Digger, said in part —
When I was quite young, my mother got me a boxed set of the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. I couldn’t pronounce “Narnia” but that didn’t stop me from reading the series until the bindings came unglued. These books were not like anything else I’d read, and they mattered in a way that most of the books in the school library didn’t. They made me want to write books with Talking Beasts in them. (My mother tried to explain copyright and plagiarism and that I couldn’t actually call them Talking Beasts. She suggested “Verbal Varmints” as an alternate. I recall being unamused.)
Comments by other winners Sarah Beth Durst, Verlyn Flieger and Nancy Marie Brown are also online.