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 Gemmell Awards, of which I’m proud to be Chair, were presented on Saturday 15th July as part of Edge-Lit 6 in Derby, UK.  The winners were:

RAVENHEART AWARD (best cover art)
Alessandro Baldasseroni for the cover of ‘Black Rift’ by Josh Reynolds (Black Library).

The trophy was presented by Arthur C Clarke Award Director Tom Hunter and accepted by Rachel Harrison of Black Library on Alessandro’s behalf.


Megan E O’Keefe for ‘Steal The Sky’ (Angry Robot).

The trophy was presented by novelist Samantha Shannon and accepted by
Matt Dovey on Megan’s behalf.


LEGEND AWARD  (best novel)
Gav Thorpe for ‘Warbeast’ (Black Library)

The trophy was presented by author Joanne Harris and accepted by Gav Thorpe.