The David Gemmell
Awards for Fantasy



Note to aspiring writers
It’s always good to hear from you, and I’m more than happy to answer your questions about the craft of writing and the publishing business if I can.  What I can’t do is undertake to read/critique your manuscript.  Nor can I help you find a publisher or agent.  Sorry, but if I said yes to the many requests I get I’d spend all my time reading your work and never doing my own.  The best advice I can offer if you want to be a writer is … write.  A lot.  And read copiously too, to learn from the way others do it. 
Good luck!


This year’s David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy presentation ceremony takes place as part of Edge-Lit 6 on Saturday 15th July.  If you scroll down to the May update you’ll find the shortlists for each category - the Legend Award (best novel), Morningstar Award (best debut) and Ravenheart Award (best cover art). 

We’re following tradition again this year in having a special guest presenter for each of the three categories.  2017 also sees the return of the Gemmell Awards auction, which helps finance the event and guarantee its continuation. 

This year’s lots - generously donated by authors, the publishing industry and events organisers include editorial reads/feedback of a manuscript by two of the leading editors in the sf/fantasy field; the chance to feature as a character in forthcoming books by John Gwynne, Brent Weeks and Jay Kristoff & Annie Kaufman; a copy of every Gollancz book published in 2018; two weekend passes to the Starburst Film Festival, and two tickets to Sledge-Lit 3, along with hotel accommodation.