𝖬𝗒 𝖳𝗎𝗋𝗇- 𝖲𝗈𝗎𝗍𝗁 𝖠𝖿𝗋𝗂𝖼𝖺 𝗋𝖾𝖼𝗈𝗎𝗇𝗍𝗌 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖾𝗆𝗈𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇𝖺𝗅𝗅𝗒 𝖼𝗁𝖺𝗋𝗀𝖾𝖽 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗍𝗋𝖺𝗀𝗂𝖼 𝖽𝖾𝗍𝖺𝗂𝗅𝗌 𝗈𝖿 𝗐𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗂𝗌 𝗁𝖺𝗉𝗉𝖾𝗇𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗂𝗇 𝗉𝗋𝖾𝗌𝖾𝗇𝗍-𝖽𝖺𝗒 𝖲𝗈𝗎𝗍𝗁 𝖠𝖿𝗋𝗂𝖼𝖺. 𝖨𝗍 𝗂𝗌 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗌𝗍𝗈𝗋𝗒 𝗈𝖿 𝗋𝖺𝖼𝗂𝗌𝗆 𝗋𝗎𝗇 𝗋𝖺𝗆𝗉𝖺𝗇𝗍. 𝖫𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗂𝗌 𝖻𝖾𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗍𝖺𝗄𝖾𝗇. 𝖶𝗁𝗂𝗍𝖾𝗌 𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝖻𝖾𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗍𝖺𝗋𝗀𝖾𝗍𝖾𝖽 𝖿𝗈𝗋 𝖻𝗋𝗎𝗍𝖺𝗅 𝗍𝗈𝗋𝗍𝗎𝗋𝖾 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗆𝗎𝗋𝖽𝖾𝗋. 𝖳𝗁𝖾 𝗌𝗍𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗌𝗍𝗂𝖼𝗌 𝖽𝗈𝖼𝗎𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍 𝗍𝗁𝗂𝗌 𝗍𝗈 𝖻𝖾 𝗍𝗋𝗎𝖾, 𝖻𝗎𝗍 𝗅𝗂𝗍𝗍𝗅𝖾 𝗂𝗌 𝗄𝗇𝗈𝗐𝗇 𝗈𝖿 𝗍𝗁𝗂𝗌 𝗍𝗋𝖺𝗏𝖾𝗌𝗍𝗒 𝗂𝗇 𝗈𝗎𝗋 𝗐𝗈𝗋𝗅𝖽. 𝖳𝗁𝖾 𝗋𝖾𝖺𝗌𝗈𝗇? 𝖳𝗁𝖾 𝖼𝗋𝗂𝗆𝖾𝗌 𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝗇𝗈𝗍 𝖼𝗈𝗆𝗆𝗂𝗍𝗍𝖾𝖽 𝖻𝗒 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝗍𝖾𝗌 𝖺𝗀𝖺𝗂𝗇𝗌𝗍 𝖻𝗅𝖺𝖼𝗄𝗌, 𝖻𝗎𝗍 𝗏𝗂𝖼𝖾 𝗏𝖾𝗋𝗌𝖺.
𝖳𝗁𝗂𝗌 𝗌𝖼𝖾𝗇𝖺𝗋𝗂𝗈 𝖿𝗂𝗇𝖽𝗌 𝗇𝗈 𝗍𝗋𝖺𝖼𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇 𝖻𝖾𝖼𝖺𝗎𝗌𝖾 𝗂𝗍 𝖽𝗈𝖾𝗌 𝗇𝗈𝗍 𝖿𝗂𝗍 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗉𝗈𝗅𝗂𝗍𝗂𝖼𝖺𝗅𝗅𝗒 𝖼𝗈𝗋𝗋𝖾𝖼𝗍 𝗏𝗂𝖾𝗐 𝗈𝖿 𝗐𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗋𝖺𝖼𝗂𝗌𝗆 𝗂𝗌 𝗄𝗇𝗈𝗐𝗇 𝗍𝗈 𝖻𝖾. 𝖠𝗅𝗂𝖼𝖾 𝖵𝖫 𝗉𝗋𝗈𝗏𝗂𝖽𝖾𝗌 𝖺𝗅𝖺𝗋𝗆𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗌𝗍𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗌𝗍𝗂𝖼𝗌 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗌𝗈𝖻𝖾𝗋𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖽𝗈𝖼𝗎𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍𝖺𝗍𝗂𝗈𝗇 𝗍𝗈 𝖻𝗈𝗅𝗌𝗍𝖾𝗋 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖼𝗅𝖺𝗂𝗆𝗌 𝗍𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝗍𝖾 𝗉𝖾𝗈𝗉𝗅𝖾 𝗂𝗇 𝖲𝗈𝗎𝗍𝗁 𝖠𝖿𝗋𝗂𝖼𝖺, 𝗉𝖺𝗋𝗍𝗂𝖼𝗎𝗅𝖺𝗋𝗅𝗒 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝗍𝖾 𝗅𝖺𝗇𝖽-𝗈𝗐𝗇𝖾𝗋𝗌 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝖿𝖺𝗋𝗆𝖾𝗋𝗌, 𝖿𝖺𝖼𝖾 𝗎𝗇𝗋𝖾𝗆𝗂𝗍𝗍𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖽𝖺𝗇𝗀𝖾𝗋. 𝖦𝗋𝗂𝗉𝗉𝖾𝖽 𝖻𝗒 𝖿𝖾𝖺𝗋, 𝖾𝖺𝖼𝗁 𝗂𝗌 𝗅𝖾𝖿𝗍 𝗍𝗈 𝗐𝗈𝗇𝖽𝖾𝗋, 𝗂𝗌 𝗍𝗈𝖽𝖺𝗒 “𝗆𝗒 𝗍𝗎𝗋𝗇” 𝗍𝗈 𝖻𝖾 𝗍𝗈𝗋𝗍𝗎𝗋𝖾𝖽 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗆𝗎𝗋𝖽𝖾𝗋𝖾𝖽? 𝖳𝗁𝖾 𝖺𝗎𝗍𝗁𝗈𝗋 𝗌𝖾𝖾𝗄𝗌 𝗍𝗈 𝖻𝖾 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗏𝗈𝗂𝖼𝖾 𝗈𝖿 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗆𝗂𝗇𝗈𝗋𝗂𝗍𝗒 𝗂𝗇 𝖲𝗈𝗎𝗍𝗁 𝖠𝖿𝗋𝗂𝖼𝖺 𝗒𝖾𝖺𝗋𝗇𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝖿𝗈𝗋 𝗃𝗎𝗌𝗍𝗂𝖼𝖾 𝗎𝗇𝖽𝖾𝗋 𝖺 𝗀𝗈𝗏𝖾𝗋𝗇𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍 𝗍𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗌𝖾𝖾𝗆𝗌 𝗎𝗍𝗍𝖾𝗋𝗅𝗒 𝖽𝗂𝗌𝗂𝗇𝗍𝖾𝗋𝖾𝗌𝗍𝖾𝖽 𝗂𝗇 𝗉𝗋𝗈𝗏𝗂𝖽𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗂𝗍. 𝖨𝗇𝗌𝗍𝖾𝖺𝖽, 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗀𝗈𝗏𝖾𝗋𝗇𝗆𝖾𝗇𝗍 𝗍𝗎𝗋𝗇𝗌 𝖺 𝖽𝖾𝖺𝖿 𝖾𝖺𝗋 𝗍𝗈 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝖼𝗋𝗂𝖾𝗌 𝗈𝖿 𝗍𝗁𝖾 𝗉𝖾𝗋𝗌𝖾𝖼𝗎𝗍𝖾𝖽 𝗆𝗂𝗇𝗈𝗋𝗂𝗍𝗒 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝗅𝖾 𝖺𝗍 𝗍𝗂𝗆𝖾𝗌 𝖾𝗏𝖾𝗇 𝗅𝖺𝗆𝗉𝗈𝗈𝗇𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗂𝗋 𝗉𝗅𝗂𝗀𝗁𝗍.
AUTHOR ACADEMY AWARDS
On February 12th, I received an email from the Author Academy Awards, signed by “The Author Academy Awards Committee” saying that submissions for my books were received and that they were being reviewed.
Later that day, I received another email stating, “Hello Alice. First the best news. You’re IN! The Author Academy Awards selection committee has approved your submission. Your book will be listed on the Author Academy Awards site when voting officially opens in March.” Signed by Kary Oberbrunner. With this, I received graphics to use for voting purposes for the two categories my three books were nominated in, Best General Non-Fiction and Fantasy. The purpose of the graphics is to attract votes.
On February 27th, I received an email that voting will kick off on March 3rd, following a global livestream hosted by the Author Academy Awards.
On March 3rd, I tuned into the livestream hosted by, amongst others, Kary Oberbrunner, while eagerly anticipating the kick off. During the livestream, Kary Oberbrunner mentioned an author from South Africa with a controversial book, “making waves,” and has “already” gained haters, or lovers. I want to make it clear that I have had no contact with any of the organizers regarding the content of any of my books, or have in any way discussed controversy, “making waves,” “haters” or “lovers.” This came up without me being aware of it, and I was rather stunned. I couldn’t help but question whether they were approached by those currently on a crusade to silence the truth about South Africa.
With voting having kicked off, my campaign began to canvass for votes for all my books, just as the other nominated authors were doing. After all, the outcome relies on votes garnered for the books nominated.
On March 5th, I received another email from the Author Academy Awards, signed by Emily Myers which read as follows: “Hi Alice, We hope you are well. Under further review of the content of your books submitted for our Author Academy Awards, you are no longer approved to be included in the contest. Have a nice day, Emily Myers Customer Support Manager.”
Not only was “My Turn – South Africa” removed from the awards competition, but so were “Afterlight” and “Passage of Time” which are purely fictional, fantasy novels.
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