07 November, 2005


Via Cheryl Morgan's Emerald City Weblog, I've just learned that I'm now a World Fantasy Award-winning author. Not just once, but twice, for Best Collection and Best Short Story.

These are the shortlists:

Short Fiction:
Theodora Goss, "The Wings of Meister Wilhelm" (Polyphony 4, Wheatland Press)
Margo Lanagan, "Singing My Sister Down" (Black Juice, Allen & Unwin Australia)
Kelly Link, "The Faery Handbag" (The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm, Viking)
China MiƩville, "Reports of Certain Events in London" (McSweeney's Enchanted Chamber of Astonishing Stories, Vintage)
Barbara Roden, "Northwest Passage" (Acquainted With The Night, Ash Tree Press)


Peter Crowther, Songs Of Leaving (Subterranean Press)
John M. Ford, Heat Of Fusion and Other Stories (Tor)
Eileen Gunn, Stable Strategies And Others (Tachyon Publications)
Margo Lanagan, Black Juice (Allen & Unwin Australia)
Joe R. Lansdale, Mad Dog Summer and Other Stories (Subterranean Press)
Ian R. MacLeod, Breathmoss and Other Exhalations (Golden Gryphon)
Lucius Shepard, Trujillo and Other Stories (PS Publishing)

Knocked over with two feathers.


Blogger clindsay said...

Congratulations! I just started reading Black Juice this afternoon and it's gorgeous. Well done!

07 November, 2005 11:56  
Blogger Ben Payne said...

Awesome! Well done!


Ben Payne

07 November, 2005 12:02  
Blogger Gwenda said...

Yay! Well deserved! (Those are some smart judges.)

07 November, 2005 12:12  
Blogger chance said...

yay! (now if we could only get you to come next year ...)

07 November, 2005 13:04  
Blogger Trent Walters said...

Holy shit! Congrats, Margo!

07 November, 2005 13:57  
Blogger Stephanie Campisi said...

Congrats! That's fantastic. :)

07 November, 2005 17:09  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Thank you, everybody! I'm still floating.

Perry: Shaun Tan won Best Artist in 2001 and Terry Dowling was nominated at some point, but I was close!

Colleen: Glad you're enjoying the book, welcome, and good luck with Skiffy Chicks!

Chance: It's entirely possible. Next year is still flexible commitment-wise, but will almost certainly include some time in the Northern Hemisphere.

Trent: 'Holy shit!' pretty much sums up my reaction. I was concentrating so hard on not-being-disappointed-when-I-lost, that when I won, I hardly knew what to do! Hugging everyone in sight seemed to work OK.

And thank you, Justine, Gwenda, Ben, Jason, Chris and Stephanie! I'm not sure of the etiquette - can a person squee for herself?

07 November, 2005 20:24  
Blogger Unknown said...

You most certainly can squee for yourself. But I'll help out.


08 November, 2005 01:55  
Blogger Dave said...

We were whooping for you! Very very happy.

08 November, 2005 09:17  
Blogger Peter Hollo said...

Congratulations! As someone who's posted a comment before I thought I should drop by. Excellent news, totally well-deserved.

08 November, 2005 10:54  
Blogger Eileen Gunn said...

Congratulations, Margo! You're the person I most hoped to lose to. A fabulous collection!

Eileen Gunn

09 November, 2005 09:30  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Thank you, Suzanne, for starting off the squeeing: *squee, squee!* Isn't it amazing!

And a thank-you for every whoop, Dave. *tries to think of something pachydermal to add, and fails*

Perry, I have hunted, but I can't find your embarrassing Worldcon moment on my friend the Internet - you'll have to tell me about it over that beer at Continuum.

Sharyn, right back at you, for the Firebirds anthology among other things - I will write that email and start commenting on your blog very soon!

And Eileen, it's very nice of you to come by. It was a staggeringly good shortlist, and I'm suitably staggered that I won.

Still blinking with surprise,

09 November, 2005 21:09  
Blogger Eileen Gunn said...

There was a panel after the award ceremony, in which the WF judges talked about the process of creating the shortlist. (Not about specific works, but how they arrived at decisions.) It was an extraordinarily pleasurable panel, as they were all so jolly, and so enthusiastic about good writing in general. I already felt privileged to be on such a great shortlist, and this made me even happier.


PS: At Clarion West, there was a lot of jumping around and screaming about your awards and about Sheree Thomas (also CW '99), Daniel Abraham and Louise Marley, who also carried home trophies this weekend. You've made us all quite insane with joy!

10 November, 2005 13:45  
Blogger Eileen Gunn said...

PS: Howard Waldrop asked me to post his congratulations to you as well.

11 November, 2005 13:09  
Blogger Among Amid While said...

Thank you Patrick, Eileen again, and Howard - and go Clarion West, especially the 99ers!

Joy, insanity and jumping around and screaming - I'm glad someone was there doing it on my behalf.

Jonathan tells me that the trophies have arrived in Perth, so soon I will see proof that it's not all a dream.

11 November, 2005 22:43  
Blogger Misrule said...

Hi Margo,

You've also been shortlisted for the JHunt, an annual award voted on by the members of the adbooks yahoo group! Will it never end, indeed! And a thousand congratulations.


18 November, 2005 15:56  
Blogger Cav said...

Grats Margo. It's kind of ironic that you're floating on air :-)

07 December, 2005 11:37  

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