WSFA Small Press Award 2007 - Peter S. Beagle: El Regallo
Review by Ernest Lilley
WSFA Award ISBN/ITEM#: 101407WSFASPA
Date: 14 October 2007
The award was presented in a well packed hotel ballroom at Capclave 2007, and (though Swanwick's urging may have had something to do with it) was followed by a standing ovation for the author and work.
The author's acceptance speech (included below) stressed the importance of small press as "the life force behind what we create."
Submissions deadline for the 2008 award is March 1, 2008, and is limited to: Original short fiction works (20,000 words or fewer) of imaginative literature (e.g., science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative fiction or like literature) published by a small press.
More information about the award can be found at wsfasmallpressaward.org.
Peter S. Beagle's acceptance speech:Source: Ernest Lilley / SFRevu
The saying, freedom of the press belongs to the person who owns one, it is perfectly true; there is a reason that - even in the age of the Internet - dictatorships, juntas and fascist mobs still physically destroy every printing facility they can reach. In the end, and I'm happy to say, and as every jefe maximos, knows literature and literacy itself are always the enemy. And yet somehow - call it samizdat, or anything else you like - the small press survives; the smudgy mimeograph, the battered copier, always rises again from the bloody shambles. Always at whatever cost. Always.
Therefore I am grateful for this award, and will treasure it for everything it represents. Later for the Pulitzer, the National Book Award. This will do fine."