Saboteur Awards 2014: The Shortlist!

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The results will be announced at the Awards on 31st May, book tickets now!


Over the course of a month, over 600 of you have nominated in twelve categories, proving that indie lit is alive and well… As usual, we have been impressed by the breadth of your choices – but it’s not up to us! The number of nominations have led to the shortlist being what it is (and we do think you have excellent taste!) while who wins is also in your hands! So do make the most of it and vote…

We hope that you will join us at the awards on 31st May. For the first time, we’re celebrating in Oxford (did we mention it’s our 4th birthday too?) and making a whole day of it! There’ll be free performances and a mini-book fair in the afternoon, followed by the awards in the evening. There might be a couple of book fair and performance slots free, check this page out for details.

Finally: if you are shortlisted, we will try and get in touch with you as soon as you can. If you know that you are hard to get hold of, maybe drop Claire a line at [email protected].

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The Shortlist

(in no particular order):

Best Anthology

Follow the Trail of Moths: the Best of Wayne Holloway-Smith’s Literary Salons,ed. Wayne Holloway-Smith (Sidekick Books)

Weird Lies, ed. Cherry Potts and Katy Darby (Arachne Press)

Drifting down the Lane, ed. Harriette Lawler and Agnes Marton

Words & Women One, ed. Lynne Bryan and Belona Greenwood (Unthank Books)

The Apple Anthology, ed. Yvonne Reddick and George Ttoouli (Nine Arches Press)


Best Spoken Word Show

Sophia Walker, Around the World in 8 Mistakes

Rob Auton, The Sky Show

Kirsten Luckins, The Moon Cannot be Stolen

Other Voices: Spoken Word Cabaret (dir. Fay Roberts)

Electronic Voice Phenomena


Most Innovative Publisher

Burning Eye

Penned in the Margins

Nine Arches

Sidekick Books

Red Squirrel Press


Best Reviewer

David Coates

Charles Whalley

Afric McGlinchey

Fiona Moore

Rosie Breese


Best Magazine

Poems in Which

Under the Radar

Bare Fiction

Poetry Bus



Best Poetry Pamphlet

Kathleen Bell, At the Memory Exchange (Oystercatcher)

Harry Man, Lift (Tall-Lighthouse)

W.N. Herbert, Murder Bear (Donut Press)

Rebecca Tamás, The Ophelia Letters (Salt)

Lisa Matthews, 14 (Literal Fish)


Best Spoken Word Performer 

Sophia Walker

Kate Tempest

Lucy Ayrton

Steve Nash

Hollie McNish


Best Regular Spoken Word Night

Bang Said the Gun

White Rabbit’s Are You Sitting Comfortably?

Jabba Jabba

Liars League

Shindig (Leicester)


Best Short Story Collection

David Rose, Posthumous Stories (Salt)

Jonathan Taylor, Kontakte and Other Stories (Roman Books)

May-Lan Tan, Things to Make and Break (CB Editions)

Kirsty Logan, The Rental Heart and Other Fairytales (Salt)

Colin Barrett, Young Skins (Stinging Fly)

Best One-Off

The Anti-Slam, Valentine’s Day Special, 14 February 2014

Against Rape, 4-10 November 2013

London Lines, 31st May-8 September 2013

Poems after Frida, 6th July 2013

P.O.W. – Translating Concrete Poetry, 5th March 2014

Best Novella

Hanna Krall, Chasing the King of Hearts (Peirene Press)

Marianne Villanueva, Jenalyn (Vagabondage Press)

Nikesh Shukla, Time Machine (Galley Beggar)

Johnny Monroe, Season of the Needle

William Thirsk-Gaskill, Escape Kit (Grist Books)


Best Collaborative Work

Enemies: the Selected Collaborations of SJ Fowler (Penned in the Margins)

Chris McCabe and Maria Vlotides, Pharmapoetica: a dispensary of poetry (Pedestrian Publishing)

Electronic Voice Phenomena (Penned in the Margins)

Kirsten Irving, Cliff Hammett, and Jon Stone, Riotous (Sidekick Books)

Daniel Cockrill and Tony Husband, Sellotaping Rain to my Cheek (Burning Eye Books)


Vote now! Voting is open until 25th May.

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2 thoughts on “Saboteur Awards 2014: The Shortlist!

  • May 2, 2014 at 12:08 am

    Thank you for shortlisting Pharmapoetica in Best Collaborative Work. For those of you who are London-based or bound, there is an exhibition of Pharmapoetica running at the Poetry Society’s Poetry Cafe on Betterton Street, Covent Garden until June 15th.

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