18 January 2013

china-mieville-10008781_1We are delighted to announce two welcome pieces of awards news on this snowy Friday. This has cheered us mightily as many of us contemplate our fragile transport system in advance of the commute home.

Firstly, the British Science Fiction Association has announced their awards shortlist here, many congratulations to all nominees and it's wonderful to see that our China Miéville is shortlisted in the Best Short Story category for his Three Moments of an Explosion. You can hear him reading this story at a Kitchies Event last year here. And there is also a written version of the story on China's own blog.  Our Paul Cornell will be doing a no-doubt excellent job of hosting the Awards Ceremony where winners are announced at this year's Bradford EasterCon (also known as EightSquaredCon) in March.


face-like-glass_1We are also delighted that A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge has been shortlisted for The Kitschies' Awards in their Red Tentacle category. A Face Like Glass is published by our Macmillan's Children's team and we are all really excited about this! And the Guardian has already done a piece on their blog about the awards and the shortlist, which was announced earlier today. The Red Tentacle Award is awarded annually to the novel 'containing speculative or fantastic elements that best fulfills the criteria of intelligent, progressive and entertaining' -- and the Kitchies received 211 submissions from over forty publishers and imprints, so competition was stiff.

Congratulations to the other nominees and the full list and info on the other Tentacles (!) can be seen here. Winners will be announced on 26th February at the Free Word Centre in London. Previous winners include China Miéville and Lauren Beukes, and Patrick Ness,