This is the press release.
The first annual David Gemmell Legend Award for Fantasy has been won by Andrzej Sapkowski for his novel Blood of Elves (published in the UK by Gollancz).
The Award was accepted on Sapkowski’s behalf by his UK editor, Jo Fletcher.
Presented before an audience of publishing industry professionals, authors, media and fans at the Magic Circle headquarters in Euston, London on 19th June, the Award has been established in memory of fantasy author David Gemmell, who died in 2006. The trophy, supplied by Raven Armoury, takes the form of a butterfly axe, named Snaga, that featured in Gemmell’s fiction.
Born in Poland in 1948, Andrzej Sapkowski worked in business before turning to writing. His cycle of tales set in the world of The Witcher have made him a bestseller in his native Poland and internationally.
The other shortlisted authors were:
- Joe Abercrombie: Last Argument of Kings (Gollancz & Pyr)
- Juliet Marillier: Heir to Sevenwaters (Tor)
- Brandon Sanderson: The Hero of Ages (Tor)
- Brent Weeks: The Way of Shadows (Orbit)
Each of the runners-up were presented with a miniature version of Snaga.
The Award was decided by an open ballot, and attracted over 10,000 votes from 75 countries.
**Photographs of the award ceremony to follow.
Further information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Official website: http://GemmellAward.com
Stan Nicholls (Chair)
Deborah Miller (Award Administrator)
Congratulations to Andrzej Sapkowski, and to everyone involved in the award (the first of hopefully many David Gemmell Legend Awards).