The David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy (fantasy fiction and artwork) enters its seventh year. The Awards ceremony is now confirmed to take place at Nine Worlds Geekfest, one of the UK’s largest events for readers, writers and fans of fantasy and science fiction, at 8pm on Saturday 8th August at the Radisson, Heathrow. Anyone can attend the ceremony for free, but to get access to the rest of the programme you will need to register for the convention.
There will be three awards presented: the Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel; Morningstar Award for Best Fantasy Debut; and Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art.
Stan Nicholls, author of the Orcs trilogy and Chair for the Gemmell Awards, said: “I couldn’t think of a better event for us to partner with than Nine Worlds, and we look forward to bringing another superb awards ceremony not only to our regular attendees, but also a whole new audience on August 8th.”
“Nine Worlds is immensely proud to be hosting the 2015 Gemmell Awards,” said Erich Schultz, co-founder of Nine Worlds Geekfest. “The Gemmells play a terrific and important role in the fantasy literary scene, and the Nine Worlds team and attendees are hugely excited to be a part of this wonderful institution.”
The David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy began in 2009, with the aim of celebrating the best in fantasy fiction and commemorating one of its most legendary authors. Since its inaugural year, the awards have been won by authors including Andrezj Sapowski, Graham McNeill, Brandon Sanderson, Pierre Pevel, Patrick Rothfuss, Helen Lowe, Brent Weeks, John Gwynne, Brian McLellan and Mark Lawrence. The Awards continue to pursue their three aims – to raise public awareness of the Fantasy genre, to celebrate the history and cultural importance of Fantasy literature, and to appreciate and reward excellence in the field.
Nineworlds Geekfest took place for the first time at Heathrow, London, in August 2013. A ground breaking convention, it brought together several strands, from the more typical sci-fi tracks of comics, gaming, literature and film, to Queer Fandom, Steampunk, Geek Feminism and Bronies. New tracks in 2014 included Food Geekery, Whedon, Podcasting, Future Tech, and Race and Culture. 2015 promises yet more additions to the wide-ranging programme.