Welcome to The David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy!

Legend Award

Morningstar Award

Ravenheart Award

Friday, 13th May

Voting on the longlists has now closed.



The shortlists will open for voting at midday (UK time) on Friday 8th July and close at midnight on Friday 19th August.

The winners will be announced at UK’s Fantasycon on the evening of Saturday 24th September.


The David Gemmell Awards For Fantasy enter their eighth year in 2016, once again recognising and rewarding the very best in fantasy fiction and artwork. 2016 also marks the tenth anniversary of the untimely death of bestselling author David Gemmell, in whose memory the awards were created.

We’re pleased to announce that 2016’s Gemmell Awards presentation will take place at Fantasycon, the UK’s longest-running fantasy convention. This year, Fantasycon (http://fantasyconbythesea.com/) will be held in Scarborough, between 23rd and 25th September, with the Gemmell Awards ceremony staged at 8pm on Saturday 24th September.

Fantasycon is the British Fantasy Society’s (www.britishfantasysociety.org) annual conference and has been part of the UK scene since its inception in 1972. Past guests include Joan Aiken, Clive Barker, Terry Brooks, Ramsey Campbell, Raymond E Feist, Jasper Fforde, Joanne Fletcher, James Herbert, Robert Holdstock, Tom Holt, Graham Joyce, Tanith Lee, Anne McCaffrey, George RR Martin, Sarah Pinborough, Michael Marshall Smith and Tad Williams.

This year’s Guests of Honour are Costa Book Award winner Frances Hardinge and leading British horror author Adam Nevill, with more to be announced in due course.


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Welcome! The David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy are chosen by you, the readers, so we’re very glad you’re here.

2015 is our seventh year. We continue to recognise and promote writers and artists in the fantasy field. We believe it’s an important genre as well as a broad one. So did David Gemmell, who during his lifetime was the biggest seller of heroic fantasy in the UK. His best-selling novels did spectacularly well around the globe, both in English and dozens of other languages. Gemmell supported and encouraged new authors and artists as well as being part of the pantheon of great fantasy writers worldwide. In that spirit, and to honour the man himself, The David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy offer three prizes annually:

The Morningstar Award for Best Debut Fantasy Novel in English

The Ravenheart Award for Best Fantasy Cover Art

and The Legend Award for Best Fantasy Novel.

It’s worth noting that the trophy for The Legend Award is the most expensive literary award anywhere. It’s a model of Snaga, the axe wielded by Gemmell’s first hero, Druss the Legend. Crafted by Raven Armouries (www.raven-armoury.co.uk) of mild steel and engraved with the winner’s name, it’s certainly caused the winners no little consternation at airports!

So far we’ve had votes from 74 countries, and winners from the UK, the USA, France, Iceland and Poland. The total number of votes up to now is around 70,000, which isn’t bad for only six years. We welcome submissions from readers as well as publishers. The winners are determined solely by your votes. So please head to our Morningstar, Ravenheart and Legend pages to submit your suggestions.

And this year in the interests of inviting more fans to our glittering ceremony, we’ve moved to a new home: the Nine Worlds Geekfest (www.nineworlds.co.uk) at Heathrow in August. More details to follow.

So please vote and invite your friends to vote for their favourites too. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook (please insert relevant links). Come to the awards ceremony. Sponsor us. Offer us exciting items for auction.

But mostly, please just vote!