Dead Ink’s email-based novella The Night Visitors and poet Hollie McNish have both been honoured at the Saboteur Awards this year.
The prizes are organised by the Sabotage Reviews website which has run “dynamic commentary and reviews of small-scale and ephemeral literature” since being created by editor Claire Trevien in 2010. This year the awards attracted nearly 4,300 votes (full shortlist below).
Trevien said: “They represent literature at its most activist, fierce, and tender, and I hope you will go forth and discover each and everyone one of them.”
Indigo Dreams won Best Publisher while academic Lucy Durneen’s “exceptional” Wild Gestures (MidnightSun Publishing) won Best Short Story Collection.
The Women Aloud NI was recognized twice: the five day project, which involved 150 women writers won Wildcard and its WomenXBorders event won best collaborative work. McNish was awarded runner-up for Best Spoken Word Performer with Manchester-based poet Dominic Berry securing the top spot.
Sabotage Reviews focuses on independent, small-budget literature: poetry pamphlets, short stories and live performance and publishes around average of 500 reviews each year. Visit sabotagereviews.com
The full shortlist (with number of votes):
Winner: Into the Void
Runner up: Butcher's Dog
The Night Visitors by Jenn Ashworth & Richard Hirst (Dead Ink)
Runner up: Portrait of the artist as a viable alternative to death by Ross McCleary (Maudlin House)
Spoken Word Performer
Runner up: Hollie McNish
Runner up: Jessica Traynor
Most Innovative Publisher
Runner up: Penned in the Margins
Remembering Oluwale (Valley Press)
Runner up: Half Moon (Half Moon Books)
Best Short Story Collection
Wild Gestures by Lucy Durneen (MidnightSun Publishing)
Runner up: Attrib. by Eley Williams (Influx Press)
Glass by Elisabeth Sennitt Clough (Paper Swans Press)
Runner up: Waves on a Boring Beach by Emma Hammond (Zimzalla)
Women Aloud NI (initiative)
Runner up: I am not a silent poet (magazine)
Spoken Word Show
Fat girls don't dance by Maria Ferguson
Runner up: How to starve an artist by Rose Condo
Regular spoken word night
Interrobang ?! (at the Biscuit Factory Edinburgh)
Runner up: Evidently (at the Eagle, Salford)
WomenXBorders (organized by Women Aloud NI initiative and Irish Writers Centre)
Runner up: Poetry on the Picket Line