NEWS: Australian Shadows Win
Monday, April 27 2015 @ 02:17 PM EST
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...
Last Year, When We Were Young by Andrew J McKiernan
SQ Mag #14 edited by Sophie Yorkston
Shadows of the Lonely Dead by Alan Baxter
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
- Goodreads - www.goodreads.com/book/show/22523234-last-year-when-we-were-young
- Amazon Australia - http://www.amazon.com.au/dp/B00LDTZCA0
- Amazon US - http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00LDTZCA0
- Amazon UK - http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00LDTZCA0
- Satalyte Publishing - http://satalyte.com.au/product/last-year-when-we-were-young-by-andrew-mckiernan/