Just a few hours ago Paper Cities won the World Fantasy Award for best anthology. It would have been more than enough just to hear them mention the title in front of hundreds of spectacularly talented people, to be listed along with four other amazing anthologies. I was and still am completely beside myself because I never expected we’d win (though I wanted to, of course). I was a nervous wreck up on the podium, I don’t know if I made any sense, but I just wanted to thank Ekaterina Sedia for chancing her fantastic anthology with a newbie publisher, and to all the authors who made the anthology the amazing thing that it is. This is Ekaterina’s acceptance speech which I read for her:
“I am delighted and humbled to be receiving this award, but I feel that the honor belongs to the writers who contributed their amazing and unsettling visions of urban fantasy and what it can be, and to our publisher, Matt Kressel, who recognized that these stories deserved to be seen. Today, I thank you all for this honor, even though my role was secondary to your talent.