Says Prize administrator Deborah J Miller :
All of the contenders continue in the same tradition of integrity as David's own work. Fantasy at its very best like this can both entertain and uplift the spirit. The strong characterisation often resonates in people's lives; people have strong empathy and passion for characters such as Sapkowski's Geralt or Week's Kylar (Azoth) Stern. It is very gratifying to see that the fans instinctively knew what we meant by our criteria and recognised the qualities we were seeking.And here's the (very international) shortlist :
Joe Abercrombie - Last Argument of KingsThe David Gemmell Legend Award website is here.
Juliet Marillier - Heir to Sevenwaters
Brandon Sanderson - The Hero of Ages
Andrzej Sapkowski- Blood of Elves
Brent Weeks - The Way of Shadows