Narrelle, the Chronos and Continuum

Walking Shadows has been nominated for a 2012 Chronos Award.

Narrelle Harris talks about the honour and her fabulous competition.

I was obviously chuffed to bits, when I learned that Walking Shadows was nominated for a Chronos Award in the Best Long Fiction category - especially as the nominations are sent in by members of Melbourne’s Continuum* convention. Thank you Continuum People!

The Chronos Awards, according to the award site, “recognise excellence in Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror by Victorians”. It’s particularly nice to be included in the short list for an award for Victorian creators at a Melbourne convention – and with a book that is set so firmly in my chosen home town.

I’m also very proud to be sharing nomination in that category with great writers like Jason Nahrung, Paul Collins and Felicity Dowker and fabulous editors Liz Grzyb and Talie Helene for their Year’s Best Australian Fantasy and Horror collection. Whatever the results of the award, it’s fabulous to be in such excellent company, in this and the other categories as well.

The Chronos Awards are very handsome too: sort of steampunky. Here is a photo of Kirstyn McDermott’s 2011 award for Madigan Mine, which is a terrific book.)

Whether or not you’re going to Continuum, have a look at the nominations the Chronos Awards and sample some of the great work being done by Victorian-based writers, artists, editors and bloggers, including:

  • Dark Matter Fanzine 
  • SF Commentary
  • Viewing Clutter - DVD and Blu-ray reviews blog 
  • Bread and Circuses by Felicity Dowker (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • Salvage by Jason Nahrung (Twelfth Planet Press)
  • Walking Shadows by Narrelle M. Harris (Clan Destine Press)
  • Year’s Best Australian Fantasy & Horror 2011 edited by Liz Grzyb & Talie Helene (Ticonderoga Publications)
  • Dyson’s Drop by Paul Collins (Ford Street Publishing)
  • Light Touch Paper Stand Clear, edited by Edwina Harvey & Simon Petrie (Peggy Bright Books)
  • Epilogue (FableCroft Publishing)

Voting has now closed but you can visit the Chronos Awards page to check out the nominees in all cateogries.

*Continuum 9 launches this Friday, June 7. The long weekend is packed with panels and workshops and book launches. It's never to late to join the fun.

I will be on several panels, including: a short version of my Writing Sex and Intimacy workshop (strictly for the over 18s); and a Thinking Outside the Genre panel with my publisher Lindy Cameron and fellow Clan Destine Press author Alison Goodman.

For more info: Continuum 9