The BFS's 'Best Indie Press 2018' announces new books for 2019

Well… blimey.

In case you missed it, we are entirely humbled and proud to announce that we have been declared the Best Independent Press for 2018 by the British Fantasy Society. This is a really, really big deal for us (if you don’t believe us, check out a picture of George trying his hardest not to cry). So thank you to everyone who has helped us get there.

As you’ll see from George’s blog post, he also messed up the dedication, so we’re putting that here. Because the award wouldn’t have been won without Martin Cox.

You may have seen our post about Martin earlier in the year, but if not know he was integral to what we do. Everything about how good everything looks here stems from Martin’s work.

So, let it be known from mountain to sea two things: 1) George can cock up a dedication with the best of them, and 2) Martin, this one’s for you.

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Announcing our 2019 titles

Hot off the back of that win, there’s only one thing we can do now, and that’s tell you what’s coming next!

You may remember we ran an open submission window earlier in the year. Well we’ve got the results of that for you. And you know what? The books are all by women writers.

No affirmative action criteria, or prioritising reading. The books were selected simply because they were outstanding works of literature, the cream of the crop. Unsung has followed the talent in genre fiction, and found it is female.

You’ll hear more about all of these in the coming months, but just to wet your whistle…..

ALWAYS NORTH by Vicki Jarrett – VIcki’s second book (after Nothing is Heavy, Linen Press 2012) is philosophically-minded science fiction, following a geological survey in the melting ice caps. A battle for resources evolves into a sharp critique of British politics, the perception of time and polar bears.

RIVER by Rym Kechacha – You might have been lucky enough to catch Rym read at Unsung Live earlier in the year. And she was pretty boss, right? Well her debut novel is a profound and lyrical meditation on motherhood and diaspora communities across Mesolithic Doggerland and a crumbling future UK.

THREADING THE LABYRINTH by Tiffani Angus – Drawing on deep gothic roots, the ghosts of England’s gardens and aristocratic past are brought to light. Having studied the history of English gardens, Tiffani brings a powerful, tangible reality to her intricate work.

And, of course, we couldn’t let a year go by without another book by Aliya Whiteley. The fourth of Aliya’s books with Unsung is full of Whiteley’s trademark skill, wit, and unpredictability. Think a vibrant science fiction adventure for fans of Douglas Adams, inter-dimensional travel and big ideas presented accessibly.

We’ll have more on the new books over the coming months, but in the meantime make sure to say hello to Tiffani, Rym and Vicki over on Twitter!