This year sees the tenth anniversary of the Gemmell Awards taking place, marking a decade of one of the most sought-after prizes in fantasy fiction. The prizegiving ceremony will be taking place on the 14th July at Derby’s popular Edge-Lit event, and readers and fans alike are invited to have their say on who wins each of the three prestigious prizes by voting on the shortlists for each award.

The Legend Award marks outstanding achievement in a fantasy novel, and sees a fascinating mix of UK and North American talent in the final five. The quintet in the running are Miles Cameron’s Fall of Dragons, Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Fate, Mark Lawrence’s Red Sister, Steve McHugh’s Scorched Shadows and Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer.

The Morningstar Award is presented for outstanding achievement in a fantasy debut, and again has a distinctly transatlantic list and represent some of the most exciting new names in the genre. Up for the debut prize are RJ Barker’s Age of Assassins, Melissa Caruso’s The Tethered Mage, Nicholas Eames’s Kings of the Wyld, Ed McDonald’s Blackwing and Anna Smith-Spark’s The Court of Broken Knives.

The Ravenheart Award recognises outstanding achievement in fantasy cover art, and the shortlist offers a wide breadth of artists and styles. The final contenders are Richard Anderson for Kings of the Wyld by Nicholas Eames, Kerem Beyit for The Fall of Dragons by Miles Cameron, Sam Green for Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson, Jackie Morris and Stephen Raw for Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb and Kerby Rosanes for Godsgrave by Jay Kristoff.

Awards Chair Stan Nicholls said: ‘We’ve been delighted with the public response to the awards so far this year, and as always the shortlists are a truly fascinating cross-section of modern fantasy fiction. There are many well-established names as well as some very exciting newcomers, and a real mix of names from the UK, the US and beyond. It’ll be fascinating to see who the public decides will come out on top this year!’ The voting is now open and as always the awards will be decided entirely be public vote, so to have you say on who scoops the awards visit

The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy were launched in 2009, in tribute to bestselling fantasy author David Gemmell, who passed away in 2006, and to honour the best fiction and artwork in the heroic fantasy field. Recipients of the awards include authors Andrzei Sapkowski, Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, Brent Weeks, John Gwynne, Mark Lawrence, Brian McClellan and Peter Newman; and artists including Didier Graffet, Raymond Swanland, Jason Chan and Sam Green.

Edge-Lit is Derby’s annual fantasy, horror and science-fiction event taking place in July each year. In 2018 it runs for the seventh time and will once again draw together an array of writing talent for a day of panels, workshops, book launches and much more. For more information, visit Stan Nicholls is an author of fantasy fiction with more than thirty books to his credit. He has also been a journalist and specialist bookshop proprietor. His Orcs: First Blood trilogy is a world-wide bestseller, with over a million copies sold, and he was the recipient of a lifetime achievement award presented at Belgium’s Trolls & Legendes festival in 2007.

Francesca T Barbini
Francesca is the Managing Editor of The Sci-fi & Fantasy Network and the author of teen Sci-Fi series "Tijaran Tales". When not inside MMORPGs, she runs Luna Press Publishing, and books events for the Tolkien Society. She also has a life.