This week I learned that Walking Shadows was nominated for a Chronos Award in the Best Long Fiction category. I’m obviously chuffed to bits, especially as the nominations are sent in by members of Melbourne’s Continuum convention. Thank you Continuum People!
The Chronos Awards, according to the award site, “recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by Victorians”. It’s particularly nice to be included in the short list for an award for Victorian creators at a Melbourne convention – and with a book that is set so firmly in my chosen home town.
I’m also very proud to be sharing nomination in that category with great writers like Jason Nahrung, Paul Collins and Felicity Dowker and fabulous editors Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene for their Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror collection. Whatever the results of the award, it’s fabulous to be in such excellent company, in this and the other categories as well.
The Chronos Awards are very handsome too: sort of steampunky. (Here is a photo of Kirstyn McDermott’s 2011 award for Madigan Mine, which is another terrific book.)
Whether or not you’re going to Continuum or intend to vote in the Chronos Awards, have a look at the nominations and sample some of the great work being done by Victorian-based writers, artists, editors and bloggers, including:
- Dark Matter Fanzine
- SF Commentary
- Viewing Clutter, (George Ivanoff’s DVD and Blu-ray reviews blog)
- Bread and Circuses by Felicity Dowker (Ticonderoga Publications)
- Salvage by Jason Nahrung (Twelfth Planet Press)
- Walking Shadows by Narrelle M. Harris (Clan Destine Press)
- Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011 edited by Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)
- Dyson’s Drop (The Maximus Black Files)by Paul Collins (Ford Street Publishing)
- Light Touch Paper Stand Clear edited by Edwina Harvey and Simon Petrie (Peggy Bright Books) containing Five Ways to Start a War by Sue Bursztynski and The D_d by Adam Browne
- Epilogue (FableCroft Publishing) containing Steve Cameron’s Fireflies and The Mornington Ride by Jason Nahrung
- Nematalien by LynC in The Narratorium
If you’re a member of the convention, you can vote in the Chronos Awards before 20 May 2013. If you’re not a member of the convention, you can join up! I’ll be on several panels, including a short version of my Writing Sex and Intimacy workshop (strictly for the over 18s). And if you can’t get to the con but would like to vote, you can get a voting membership for $5.
- Visit the Chronos Awards page for all the details!
Narrelle M Harris is a Melbourne-based writer. Find out more about her books, smartphone apps, public speaking and other activities at www.narrellemharris.com.