Today, at FantasyCon 2014 in York, the British Fantasy Society announced its Fantasy Awards. I am thrilled to report that The Alchemy Press won the award for Best Independent Press. I truly did not think we would – the competition was very high. However, on the off chance we were fortunate I penned a few words beforehand, so that I didn’t just stand at the podium looking stage-struck. These are them, expanded to ensure they include all I had intended to say:
The Alchemy Press started life in 1998 with a National Lottery grant – so all those who play the Lottery supported fantasy in the UK. Our first publication was a slim booklet – The Paladin Mandates (and by now everyone in the world probably has a copy!). Now, 16 years on, we are publishing a fabulous range of collections and anthologies, including our signature titles, The Alchemy Press Books of…
I wish to thank my editors (Jan Edwards, Jenny Barber, Mike Chinn and Allen Ashley) and all 2013 contributors (Adam Craig, Adrian Cole, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Alison Littlewood, Andrew Coulthard, Anne Nicholls, Ben Baldwin, Bob Covington, Bob Lock, Bryn Fortey, Cate Gardner, Chico Kidd, Christopher Golden, David McGroarty, David Turnbull, Daniele Serra, Doug Blakeslee, Gaie Sebold, Ian Hunter, Ian Whates, Jaine Fenn, James Brogden, Jet McDonald, Joel Lane, Jonathan Oliver, Joyce Chng, Kate Griffin, Les Edwards, Marion Pitman, Mark David Campbell, Martin Gately, Megan Kerr, Mike Barrett, Mike Resnick, Neil Williamson, Nigel Robinson, Pauline E Dungate, Ralph Robert Moore, Ramsey Campbell, Robert William Iveniuk, Rod Rees, Storm Constantine, Stuart Young, William Meikle, and Zen Cho); I wish to thank Stephen Jones for his inspiration; I wish to thanks BFS members who voted for us; and especially I wish to thank my wife, Jan, for without her The Alchemy Press wouldn’t exist.
I am convinced that this award is recognition of our efforts to produce excellence, and this year we’ve tried harder with even more titles. Thank you.
— Peter Coleborn