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Michelle Knight. Writer, photographer, programmer, truck driver and general, all round nut case. Life is a journey and that's what this blog will probably end up being. Let's see where we go, eh? ;-)

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What's the worth of an award?

In amongst the newspapers today, there are calls from A listers to boycott the Oscars. This is on top of Jada Pinkett Smith boycotting the 88th Academy Awards, a boycott called of the Angoleme International Comics Festival after no women were in the 30 people shortlist and even 50 poets in Burma planned to boycot a literary festival in Mandalay after there were government-linked artists included. Add to that the exposes of various ratings systems including the New York Bestsellers list rigging's, and it all adds up to a lot of mistrust in awards.

Actually, all you have to do is type the words, "award boycot," in to a search engine and it is a depressingly common occurrence that some people, somewhere, are boycotting some award or ceremony over some issue or other.

I know of a number of authors who have gone for competitions, won awards and even been on national TV and it has done sweet bugger all for their careers. So what's the point? An award is worth nothing unless the body behind it has integrity. And that's in bloody short supply these days.