What the Saboteur2014 Award voters said

Anthology prize logoOne of the great things about the Saboteur2014 Awards is that they are voted for by the public, another great thing is that the voters get to say WHY they are voting, and another, really great thing is that the organisers share the voters comments with you. I’ve left the time stamps to prove I’m not making them up, but you know, this is NO time to be modest!

A cracking anthology! 5/25/2014 9:50 PM

Cherry Potts is a brilliant writer! 5/25/2014 5:56 PM

Small press, but who doesn’t love a weird short tale or two? 5/25/2014 5:34 PM

powerful and quirky. always. 5/25/2014 4:30 PM

v enjoyable book 5/25/2014 9:12 AM

quality of writing, variety of stories, fun! 5/25/2014 8:38 AM

Variation of theme, yet a high standard throughout and often surprising in its content. 5/25/2014 8:15 AM

Eclectic mix. Very supportive of emerging writers 5/25/2014 7:00 AM

Because Kart Darby rocks! 5/24/2014 3:49 PM (I’m guessing they mean Katy)

Excellent collection Nuff said? 5/24/2014 3:33 PM

Great selection – well-written and varied.. 5/24/2014 2:17 PM

Great mix. 5/24/2014 2:07 PM

Because they are Bloody Brilliant 5/23/2014 8:35 PM

one of the most original writers herself Cherry Potts provides opportunities for unusual and thought provoking writing 5/20/2014 12:25 PM

Time to reward these two 5/16/2014 12:23 PM

coz its awesome 5/14/2014 6:05 PM

Amazing collection of quirk. 5/14/2014 1:59 PM

It’s a brilliant mix of the macabre, the futuristic and the funny 5/9/2014 11:32 AM

It’s brilliant! So often anthologies have only a few good stories, but I loved them all. 5/6/2014 3:25 PM

Great! 5/6/2014 12:29 AM

It’s a good title. 5/5/2014 9:25 PM

Great writing! Future journalists? 5/5/2014 4:38 AM

It was amazing!!! 5/4/2014 11:49 PM

Hands down the best 5/4/2014 9:02 PM

Interesting stories 5/4/2014 7:29 PM

Was great 5/4/2014 6:49 PM

The best of the best when it comes to creativeness, story telling and well written! Very well done. 5/4/2014 3:58 PM

Great talent 5/4/2014 3:52 PM

Great read 5/4/2014 3:18 PM

best variety 5/4/2014 2:57 PM

Creative entertaining stories 5/4/2014 9:09 AM

Because of the panache of their invitation to out weird the weirdest and the aplomb with which they make the unbelievable believable. 5/3/2014 2:37 PM

It’s really good! 5/2/2014 9:03 PM

Because Liar’s League should’ve been in *both* the ‘best Spoken Word’ categories! 5/2/2014 1:49 PM

Fascinating collection of stories. 5/1/2014 9:36 PM

ace anthologies 5/1/2014 5:30 PM

The world needs more weird! More well-written slipstream, more surrealism, more speculative fiction. 5/1/2014 2:19 PM

This an amazing collection with an appeal to those who don’t generally read scifi/fantasy as well as aficionados of the genre 5/1/2014 1:20 PM

I’m in it, to be honest. 5/1/2014 1:10 PM

Really original and a fab read. Arachne Press makes very impressive choices. 5/1/2014 11:47 AM

A great selection of strange tales which give new meaning to slipstream fiction. 5/1/2014 11:29 AM

Great variety and weirdness 5/1/2014 11:22 AM

Compilation of weirdness from previously performed Liars League stories. 5/1/2014 10:54 AM

Fabulous book from a great indie press! 5/1/2014 10:47 AM

Storytelling with intelligence, invention and wit. 5/1/2014 10:35 AM

Thank you to all 377 of you who voted for us, whoever you are, and especially those of you who bothered to add a comment: you are marvellous, well read and lovely people.

Weird Lies WINS Saboteur2014 Award for BEST ANTHOLOGY

I’m going to be spending the morning editing all references to the lovely Weird Lies on the website  to AWARD WINNING Weird Lies, because, ladies, gentleman and aliens… WE WON!!

arachne liars awards SabotageOur award, and the one won by our dear friends Liars’ League snuggle up for a proud photo.Saboteur Awards 2014 flyerA Big thank you to Sabotage Reviews for their brilliant organisation and for their reviews, and for putting on the awards in the first place.

So what does it all mean, apart from the warm glow and the little star thingy and the aforementioned editing of the website?

It means that a lot of people like what we do – the award is by public vote (THANK YOU everyone who nominated and voted for us, you are lovely, lovely people).

It might mean it’s easier to get books into bookshops, and sold – you might think that creativity is its own reward, but we all need to eat.

It might mean we get more gigs for our readings – speaking of – TONIGHT you can hear lovely Liars’ League actors Tony Bell, Silas Hawkins, Carrie Cohen, Sean Patterson, Lisa Rose and Sarah Feathers reading from AWARD WINNING* Weird Lies, and it’s equally terrific stable fellow, Lovers’ Lies, at Misty Moon, where we will also be PREVIEWING the animated trailer (by upcoming animator Nick Page) for our next book, Devilskein & Dearlove. I will say nothing more, other than it’s ACE (Misty Moon aficionados, yes that is what I mean.)

(* wondering how long it will take to get bored with typing that)

It was an excellent event, which kept the energy going all afternoon and all evening, with live readings from all sorts of poets and authors, including London Lies author and Oxford local, Emily Cleaver.Emily Cleaver reading at Sabotage

A BIG thank you to everyone I forgot to thank last night, I hadn’t written a speech, so it was very off the cuff.

And a very big thank you to all the writers, in AWARD WINNING Weird Lies and all the other books, you are all brilliant.

And an especially big thank you to Alix, who turns out for almost every live event and does front-of-house so brilliantly. For someone who said she didn’t want to be involved, she does an epic amount, and it wouldn’t happen without her.

 

Vote #WeirdLies in @Saboteur2014

To paraphrase ‘We only have 36(ish) hours to save the world’ or in this case to vote ! you can also visit the book fair at the Jericho on Walton Street Oxford on Saturday 31st May in the afternoon, and come to the ceremony in the evening to witness our triumph – or our smiling-through-adversity-face depending on whether you vote or not. It’s your choice. No Pressure. ‘Other Anthologies Are Also Available.’ (But they probably aren’t as weird as ours.)

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Vote WEIRD

Weird Lies Shortlisted for Sabotage Award!

Weird Lies, our Sci-fi/ Fantasy/ downright peculiar anthology of Liars’ League stories has been shortlisted for a Sabotage award in the Best Anthology category! Get voting and read more about the other awards and nominees on their website. Liars’ League has been nominated in the best regular live lit event too!

And get your tickets for the award event 31st May 18:30 (and book fair in the afternoon – we will have a stall, and Oxford based author Emily Cleaver is reading a snippet from another anthology London Lies)

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I was wondering how to make it look like the skeleton hands were clapping, but it’s beyond me – just imagine it.