Apr 21 2014 1:30pm

2014 David Gemmell Award for Fantasy Shortlist Announced

David Gemmel Award

The Gemmell Fantasy Award shortlist was announced during EasterCon. The David Gemmell Legend Awards, established in memory of David Gemmell and first awarded in 2009, honors fantasy novels that adhere to the ‘heroic’ or ‘epic’ subgenre that Gemmell himself worked in. Awards are given for Best Novel, Best Debut Novel, and Best Cover Art. Past honorees include Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, and Helen Lowe.

Stan Nicholls, Chair for the Gemmell Awards, said:

“This year’s shortlist once again represents some of the very finest in fantasy fiction, with some incredible titles featured in all the categories. This year also represents a fascinating mixture not only of international names but also different aspects of the publishing world, showcasing the depth of quality in modern fantasy.”

The David Gemmell Awards ceremony will take place at London’s Magic Circle on June 13th. Congratulations to all the nominees!


Legend Award for Best Novel

  • The Daylight War—Peter V Brett (Harper Collins UK)
  • Emperor of ThornsMark Lawrence (Harper Collins UK)
  • The Republic of ThievesScott Lynch (Gollancz)
  • A Memory of LightBrandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan (Tor/Forge)
  • War Master’s GateAdrian Tchaikovsky (Tor UK)


Morningstar Award for Best Debut Novel

  • The Garden of StonesMark T Barnes (47 North)
  • HeadtakerDavid Guymer (Black Library)
  • Promise of BloodBrian McLellan (Orbit)
  • The Path of AngerAntoine Rouaud (Gollancz)
  • The Grim CompanyLuke Scull (Head of Zeus)


Ravenheart Award for Best Cover Art

  • The Republic of ThievesScott Lynch, cover art by Benjamin Carré
  • (Gollancz)
  • Emperor of ThornsMark Lawrence, cover art by Jason Chan (HarperCollins UK)
  • SkarsnikGuy Haley, cover art by Cheol Joo Lee (Black Library)
  • Promise of BloodBrian McClellan, cover art by Gene Mollica and Michael Frost (Orbit)
  • She Who WaitsDaniel Polansky, cover art by Rhett Podersoo (Hodder)
Patrick Mullane
1. Patrick Mullane
Good to see a Legend in the field being honoured in this way.
Patrick Mullane
2. q____q
Wait … is there is seriously not a single woman in there?
Patrick Mullane
4. sming
Looks like 15 out of 15 of the shortlist nominees are male. About 12 (or 25%) of the 46 longlist nominees selected by publishers were female. Shortlist nominees were chosen from the longlist by "readers," but the award does not say how the readers' votes were solicited.

On a related note, I polled about 50 of my alumni classmates on their favorite authors, and both men and women chose male authors to a great extent over female authors.

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