This past weekend, the Hugo Awards were given out in Dublin, Ireland. Big congrats to Uncanny Magazine, who won the Best Semiprozine category again!
We had badgers in Ireland for the event, should the impossible happen. Mary Robinette Kowal, who has been part of Shimmer since the start, was on hand to speak the words which proved unnecessary (but how spectacular that her novel, The Calculating Stars, won the Hugo for Best Novel — we are over the moon!).
In case you’re curious, here’s the brief speech we put together, which pales in comparison to the FIRE that erupted on the Dublin stage (how awesome is our industry? SO awesome.).
We want to thank everybody who, in these past months and years, have helped, guided, and given us and Shimmer so much. Every short fiction market is a collaboration, and this is no different. Your stories made Shimmer what it was—thank you for trusting us with them.
Thank you, too, to our fellow finalists: Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Fireside, Fiyah, Strange Horizons, and Uncanny. Y’all are doing so much good work, it is humbling to be in your midst. Mary Robinette, thank you for being part of Shimmer, and for doing the heavy Hugo lifting.
We are truly grateful and terribly happy.
Shimmer honestly would not have been half of what it was without you.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.