Chesley Award for Best Magazine Cover

Mats Minnhagen was nominated for the Best Magazine Cover Chesley Award for his April 2008 Clarkesworld Magazine cover. Since Mats couldn’t attend, I offered to accept on his behalf. He was convinced he wouldn’t win, but I nudged enough to get an acceptance speech from him. I thought he had a pretty good chance, but then, I’m a little biased…

He won and it was an absolute honor to be able to accept the award for him. I’ve been told that this is the first time a cover for an online magazine has won this award, so that made it even more special. Here is his acceptance speech:

"Needless to say I am extremely honoured to receive a Chesley Award. Many of the other nominees and previous winners are artists who have been sources of inspiration to me for a long time. To see my name next to theirs on a list of recipients is incredibly satisfying, and motivates me to push further in my artistic pursuit. Thank you ASFA!

Also, many thanks to Neil Clarke for providing the opportunity to be featured on the cover of "Clarkesworld Magazine". That was an honour in itself, and without that my work might not have ended up in this context at all.

Many greetings from Sweden and Mats Minnhagen!"

The Chesley Award is a beautiful work of art. Photos simply cannot do it justice. I’ll be packing Mats’ Award up later this week so I can ship it off to Sweden. Here are a couple of pictures of the award all lit up (it has a lighted base that illuminates the interior of the award).

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