Friday, March 20, 2009

Ratha's Courage - Twice a Finalist

It's been an exciting week for the Named: Ratha's Courage was named a finalist in two different awards:

  • ForeWord Magazine, which covers the best in independent publishing, named it a finalist for their Book of the Year Awards in the Science Fiction category. The winners in the ForeWord awards will be announced at a special ceremony at BookExpo America on May 29.
  • The Anthropomorphic Literature and Arts Association (ALAA) named it one of five finalists for the Ursa Major Awards in the Best Novel category. The Ursa Major awards recognize excellence in the anthropomorphic arts, which "...include a non-human being given human attributes..." The Ursa Major awards are selected by popular vote, and the nominees in each category are the top five which received the most nominations, so it's very exciting that Ratha's Courage was one of the top picks! Voting for the winner is open from now until April 19, so if you liked Ratha's Courage and believe it deserves to win, please vote for it at the link above!

In other news, Clare Bell's twitter novelette,

Ratha's Island,

has started! To read it as it's posted, follow


on Twitter or use hashtag


. Clare is also using a separate hashtag,


to post links to related information and fan art. You can catch up with the story so far at the archives on

Clare's The Scratching Log Blog


the Ratha and the Named forum.

More information about Ratha's Island

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