Login Welcome to Andrew J McKiernan
Tuesday, August 22 2017 @ 07:44 AM EST

NEWS: Australian Shadows Win

So, I wrote this long blog post about how the AHWA 2014 Australian Shadows Award winners were announced over the weeked. I mentioned how my short story collection, "Last Year, When We Were Young", won the Australian Shadow for Collected Word... well, I might have more than mentioned, I might have gushed a little.

 

I wrote how we writers all like to say how awards really don't matter that much... and then I wrote how much of a lie that was, and how great it feels to have such recognition, and ultimately vindication, for all the hours and emotion that we put into our work.

 

I like to think I said these things with grace and gratitude: to the judges, and all the readers, beta-readers, editors and publishers who have picked up my work at some stage over the past eight years.

 

But, I guess I'll never know, because this website chewed up my post and I lost it all!

 

So, to cut a long story short, and because I can in no way try and reproduce what I wrote the first time... man, am I happy or what? Yes, I most certainly am.

 

It really is an honour to have my collection selected in such a way. I'm grateful and humbled and it inspires me to work harder at the one thing I love doing... which is writing: a thing that, eight years ago when my first story was written and published, I never imagined I'd would lead to a collection, let alone an award.

 

So, thank you to the judges, congratulations to all the other winners. It really is an honour to have won.

Here are the judges' comments:

 

"Our judges chose not to create a shortlist this year because in their eyes there was one clear winner. And that winner is.... Last Year, When We Were Young by Andrew J McKiernan - A Masterful collection of supernatural horror and dark fantasy. The horror tales are disturbingly close to home, with vivid characters and a distinctly Australian tone. The atmospheric tales of fantasy take you to terrible other worlds."

 

And, a full list of the winners...

 

COLLECTED WORKS:

Last Year, When We Were Young by Andrew J McKiernan

 

EDITED WORKS:

SQ Mag #14 edited by Sophie Yorkston

 

SHORT FICTION:

Shadows of the Lonely Dead by Alan Baxter


NOVEL:

Wolf Creek Origins by Aaron Sterns and Greg McLean

 

PAUL HAINES AWARD FOR LONG FICTION:

Dreams of Destruction by Shane Jiraiya Cummings

 

LAST YEAR, WHEN WE WERE YOUNG

 

 

(Australian Horror Writers Association: Australian Shadows Awards website)

Trackback

Trackback URL for this entry: http://www.andrewmckiernan.com/trackback.php/20150427141711202

No trackback comments for this entry.