Furies has been shortlisted for a Saboteur award (Vote, vote, vote!)

4th May 2015

Furies has been shortlisted for a Saboteur award (Vote, vote, vote!)
The success of our small but very mighty poetry anthology has already surpassed all of our expectations, and now we're thrilled to announce it has been shortlisted for Best Anthology in the Saboteur Awards 2015...

The Saboteur awards are hosted annually by Sabotage – an online publication that reviews writings “shaded by their stockier cousins… works [that] don’t always get the thoughtful criticism, heated debates, or trolls that they deserve”.

Their awards exist to honour those “publications/events that impress [them] with their design or their enthusiasm or their content or their ethos or with how much [Sabotage reviewers] enjoy them or a combination of all of those things.”

This year, they received nominations from over 1000 people. The shortlist represents the works that received the most nominations in each category.

Making the cut is a real testament to the boundless imagination and skill of the women that played a part in creating FURIES, and to everyone who helped give those unheard voices a platform.

It is a real privilege to be included in a list alongside Bernadine Evaristo‘s initiative Ten: The New Wave and Unthology 6, not to mention the wider field of talent, including some of our heroes – Hollie McNish for Spoken Word, Angela Readman for her short story collection and Best Innovative Publishers The Emma Press and Burning Eye Books.

When we called for submissions in January 2014 for our first ever poetry anthology, intended to provide voices on behalf of silenced, wronged and radical women, we weren’t quite sure what to expect.

Over 700 submissions later, we had some idea we were onto a pretty great thing…

Then, we had a brilliant launch night on October 1st, which included a talk from Eve Lavey, FURIES’ Editor, as well as some of our incredible contributors – Bridget Minamore, Imtiaz Dharker and Kiran Millood Hargrave

Bridget Minamore performing at the FURIES launch

Then there was the Foyles thing…

FURIES displayed in Foyles, Charing Cross

It’s safe to say that the For Books’ Sake team were overwhelmed by the response we received for FURIES, and the amount of orders that came in, so thank you to everyone that nominated FURIES and to anyone that has shown their support in some way.

You can vote for us and any of the other shortlisters here if you have a spare moment, and you can still buy the e-book version of FURIES here.