This time last year I was in constant movement, jumping from one location to another, with no real place of my own. It was quite a period of transition. It just so happens that I am, again, visiting family at the moment, but there’s much more stability to my life now. As is still frequently the case my health has been giving me trouble of late, so some of the recent news regarding my work has been very welcome.
The Starlit Wood has been nominated for the Shirley Jackson Award in the anthology category. This came as a wonderful surprise to both myself and Navah. The book is a cross-genre anthology, so we certainly didn’t expect it.
The nomination is in itself is a huge honour, but I’m particularly pleased to be nominated alongside Kelsi Morris and Kaitlin Tremblay’s anthology Those Who Make Us: Canadian Creature, Myth, and Monster Stories. My story “Where Roots and Rivers Run as Veins” was published in that anthology, and the book as a whole is a wonderful project showcasing specifically Canadian stories, from an all-Canadian team.
The full list of nominees can be found here.
They’ve also announced the finalists for the Locus Award, and The Starlit Wood is nominated alongside terrific work by Jonathan Strahan, Ellen Datlow, Ellen Kushner, and Ken Liu. I’m especially happy to see my work alongside Ann & Jeff VanderMeer, who have taught me so much (and their The Big Book of Science Fiction is a monumental project of great importance).
In addition, three stories from The Starlit Wood have garnered nominations: Amal El-Mohtar’s “Seasons of Glass and Iron” in the short story category, and Aliette de Bodard’s “Pearl” and Naomi Novik’s “Spinning Silver” in the novelette category.
I’m also thrilled to see Navah nominated in the Editor category. She also received a Hugo nomination for her novel editing, and I think she deserves all the recognition she’s been getting.
It’s a terrific list overall, and I’m so pleased to see a great deal of work I enjoyed last year be nominated. The full list is here.