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).

Live from Worldcon

Having a great time at Worldcon. Attended the WSFS Business Meeting and know what to expect for tomorrow’s vote on the future of the Best Semiprozine Hugo. Attended a panel about magazines and whether or not they should have a Hugo, which led to several interesting discussions during and after the panel. Off to the Chesley Awards in a few minutes to represent Mats Minnhagen should his Clarkesworld Magazine cover win in the Best Magazine Cover category… and then immediately to my next panel on Mainstreaming the Geek Dream. Parties to follow.

The Semiprozine vote will take place tomorrow morning at:

WSFS Business Meeting
Saturday 10:00AM, P-518BC

If you are at Worldcon and have an opinion on this matter, please be there.

My Worldcon Schedule

Exploring the Classics
Friday 3:30PM,   P-518A
Participants:  Eva Whitley, Neil Clarke, Robert Silverberg, John Hertz (M), Ellen Klages
Description:  If you’ve just discovered the SF field, or you are a long time reader who knows you’ve missed a lot out: what are the books you should read to get an idea of its range? Especially if they’re older works, you may not stumble across them easily…but they can be just as good as something published last week.

The Chesley Awards Ceremony
Friday 8:00PM, 516AB
Will be accepting on behalf of Mats Minnhagen should his Clarkesworld cover art win in the Best Magazine Cover category. Reception to follow.

Mainstreaming the Geek Dream
Friday  9:00PM,  P-518BC
Participants:  Duncan McGregor (M), Karen Burnham, Neil Clarke, Sandra Manning
How did the internet change as it became mainstream? And what is ahead now that we have increasing pressure on P2P networks, national filtering and other restrictions?  ** I think I may have to drop this one since I have to be at the Chesley Awards and I don’t know how long they run **

WSFS Business Meeting
Saturday 10:00AM, P-518BC
The vote on whether or not the Best Semiprozine Hugo should continue will be held here. If you have an opinion on the issue, please attend.

Online Magazines Represented HERE: A Good Market
Saturday 2:00PM, P-513B
Participants:  Diane Walton, Jude-Marie Green (M), Leah Bobet, Neil Clarke
The online publication is alive and well and thriving. Editors and writers talk about electronic markets.

Hugo Award Rehearsal
Sunday 2:00PM

Hugo Awards Reception
Sunday 6:00PM

Hugo Awards Ceremony
Sunday  8:00pm, 517abc
Clarkesworld is up for Best Semiprozine.