Sunday, 14 November 2010

BFA's - The Results

Mostly, I wanted to post these, as not only was I recommended in the British Fantasy Awards (as one of 80 or so short stories), but I was nominated for the Short Story Award. Sadly, I missed out to the very worthy Michael Marshall Smith. Nevertheless, Stephen King was nominated but didn't win, so you know...

Not. Bad. Frankly!

Monday, 15 February 2010

British Fantasy Awards!

So, it was a perfectly normal Thursday morning at work - I'd arrived, washed my hands, sorted out my water... the usual rock'n'roll day of a Bid Writer.

Then I check my email. An email from the editor of Dragontales - the lovely Holly Stacey - entitled 'awards'.

Intrigued, I click on the email. After a pause, it opens and I read. The first line:

"Hi Justin,"

OK, all normal so far. Nothing I can't handle.

"I thought you'd like to know that you have been nominated for the British Fantasy Awards."

Stop right there. I'm now out of the comfort zone. I've been what for a whonow? I check I'm the right Justin. Check the Wyvern Publications website. Yup, it's me. I've been nominated for a British Fantasy Award for short fiction. AND, as if that wasn't enough, I was voted as the readers' favourite story in Dragontales!

Needless to say, excitement abounds in the Carroll camp. I know, I know, it's only a nomination - I'm not even short-listed. But, I didn't realise that people like me even got nominated! This is officially a Big Deal for me. Neil Gaiman gets nominated for these awards. Dave McKean, Jamie Delago even. That's ridiculously illustrious company.

Justin Carroll. BFA nominee. Holy. Heck.

A few very kind and noble friends have voted for me, registering their support, and I offer them HUGE thanks for that. Voting closed yesterday, so now I just have to wait and see if I get short-listed.

If the combination of probably groundless excitement and tension doesn't do me a mischief!