Because we can. Here at McRenegades we’re kind of tongue in cheek about awards. We think ‘best’ is pretty much just another word for ‘opinion’ and understand that opinions are like arseholes, everyone has one.
But because it’s recently been silly season regarding awards and the cashregisters are awash with ‘best’ this and ‘award winning’ that we thought we’d offer wur ain wee awards and you can tell us what you think of our choices.
McRenegades writers don’t look for or need gold stars. We accept that everyone has their own personal favourite and their own opinion (at least we’d like to think so… evidence suggests a strong sheep-like tendency across mainstream encouraging people to ‘like’ on what we might call the ‘flawed democracy’ system.) So here’s a few names that no ManBookerCostaWhitbreadScottishBookTrustSaltire mainstream corporate culture gatekeeper will have sullied their pretty little eyeballs with. Maybe you’ve read some – maybe you’ll be tempted to stray away from the pretty happy people and form an opinion for yourself based on what YOU like. Here goes:
New Writer - Annie Christie Boy Meets Girl 3
First Novel – Sara Clark – Summer’s Lease
New Novel – Brendan Gisby The Percentages Men
New AutoBiography - James Leatham 60 Years of World-mending
New Biography – Brendan Gisby The Rebel’s Daughter
Renaissance Award S.R.Crockett runner up J.M.Barrie
International McRenegade of the Year - Ernesto Che Guevara
Poetry Prize – Angus Shoor Caan for 1000 McLimericks completed.
Publisher of the Year award - McStorytellers
New Publisher Award The Deveron Press
Book of the Year? You tell us…
McStorytellers special awards voted by readers at www.mcstorytellers.com
Most read McStory of 2016 Crack, it gives you wings – Lee Carrick
Best selling McStorytellers publication of 2016 The Islander Alasdair McPherson
We’d love your feedback – that’s why we’ve put this up at High Noon. First, because some folks get really hot under the collar about us being so cheeky as to question the awards culture, and secondly because others might like to have their own say about awards in general and our suggestions in particular. Over to you…