Thursday, 18 January 2018

The Stabbies - reddit r/fantasy awards 2017

The Stabbies are the voted award handed out each year by r/fantasy in many categories, including Best Book, Best Debut, and Best Self-Published Book. 

Check out the official results and the nominations

The book results (many more categories on site)

Best Fantasy 2017
Red Sister - Mark Lawrence
Assassin's Fate - Robin Hobb
Kings of the Wyld - Nicholas Eames
The Stone Sky - N.K. Jemisin
Sins of Empire - Brian McClellan

Best Fantasy Debut 2017
Kings of the Wyld - Nicholas Eames
The Bear and the Nightingale - Katherine Arden
Blackwing - Ed McDonald
The Court of Broken Knives - Anna Smith Spark
City of Brass - S.A Chakraborty

Best Self-published / Independent Fantasy 2017
Sufficiently Advanced Magic - Andrew Rowe
Blackflame - Will Wight
Skysworn - Will Wight
Faithless - Graham Austin-King
A Dragon of a Different Color - Rachel Aaron

Congratulations to all!

Waking up to find Red Sister had won best novel was a big surprise, something I've only achieved once before with Emperor of Thorns. I also got, for the third year in a row, the Stabby for favourite active author on r/fantasy. So HOORAY! Many thanks to everyone ... I promise to only use them on people who annoy me in any way at all.

Special congratulations to /u/esmerelda-weatherwax who won no fewer than three Stabbies, including best community member. Check out all these non-book categories on the results link.

Since it's clear that I have somewhat of a "home advantage" going on I have decided to retire from the Stabbies for best novel and favourite active author for a number of years. Brandon Sanderson did the same in the best novel category a while back (which is why I had a chance to win) and this year Michael Sullivan opted out of the best self-published category in a similar spirit.

See the results of the 2016 Award, 2015 Award, 2014 Award, 2013 Award and the 2012 Award.

Reddit r/fantasy has 243,000 members (up from 145,000 last year, 85,000 the year before and 69,000 the year before that) and is the most active fantasy forum on the internet. Well worth checking out - though the interface is a steep learning curve at first.

population growth on the sub reddit over the past 6 years 

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