2020 Awards eligibility post

Dec 3, 2020

It’s that time of year again. I know people are thinking about Awards, the Stoker Awards Recommended Reading List is up, and so on. I think it’s always worth reminding people of what you’ve had published in any given year, so here’s my post to that effect. In all honesty, I’ve been pretty busy this year, but not had a great deal of work published. It’s the first year in a while that I haven’t had a novel-length work published, but I have had three novellas out. That’s about one novel. And there have been 5 short stories published this year.

So here’s what I’ve done in 2020:

THE ROO – a gonzo creature feature novella (self-published, March 2020)

SANCTUM (Jake Crowley Adventures 0) (Adrenaline Press, March 2020) – Action/adventure thriller (prequel novella).

RECALL NIGHT – Eli Carver 2 – a supernatural crime noir novella (Grey Matter Press, August 2020)

These are all eligible in the Long Fiction category of awards – 17,500 and 40,000 words, EXCEPT SANCTUM which is technically a novel, but only around 44,000 words.

As for Short Stories (up to 7,500 words), I’ve published the following in 2020:

“Liminal” – One of Us: A Tribute to Frank Michaels Errington (ed. Kenneth W Cain) Bloodshot Books (November 2020)

The Normandy Curse” – Does the Dog Die in This (June 2020)

“Yellow Dog” – Black Dogs, Black Tales: A Mental Health Charity Anthology (ed. Tabatha Wood) Things in the Well Publications (May 2020)

A Star Has Died” (A Silhouette Story) – self-published on my Curious Fictions page (May 2020)

“The Demon Locke”  – SNAFU: Medivac (A Charity Anthology for James A Moore), ed. A J Spedding (Cohesion Press, February 2020)

If you think any of these are award-worthy or nomination-worthy, thank you so much in advance! Awards don’t always equal sales, of course (I’d always much rather get more sales and fewer awards), but they certainly do help to raise an author’s profile, and they sure are a nice boost in this often thankless business. If you are able to get involved in any awards voting, please do. The more people involved, the more awards reflect the actual opinion of the reading public.


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