Last year the David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy was founded and its first edition was welcomed with over 10,000 votes around the world. The first ceremony was held this year in June in London and the first winner was Andrzej Sapkowski for his second work translated in English, “Blood of Elves” (and the one I voted for). The nominations for this year David Gemmell Legend Award haven’t been announced yet, but exciting news came from the organizers. This year, besides the David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy, two more categories will be rewarded, “The Morningstar Award for Best Newcomer” and “The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art”.
The Morningstar Award will give recognition to emerging talent in the field of fantasy fiction. As David Gemmell always took a keen interest in new writers, and helped many onto the path to publication, we regard this as an appropriate category to add, and one we feel sure David would have approved.
The Ravenheart Award will honour the best fantasy book cover art. The importance of fantasy cover art deserves admiration, as do the artists who produce it, yet there is no major UK award acknowledging this. The Ravenheart Award will fulfil that role.
I am excited about these two new categories, especially for The Ravenheart Award, since I love fantasy art and the artwork for book covers and I tried to promote it us much as possible here on my blog. The addition of these two categories is praiseworthy and it remains now only to see the nominations for this year awards.