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𝖬𝗒 π–³π—Žπ—‹π—‡- π–²π—ˆπ—Žπ—π— 𝖠𝖿𝗋𝗂𝖼𝖺 π—‹π–Ύπ–Όπ—ˆπ—Žπ—‡π—π—Œ 𝗍𝗁𝖾 π–Ύπ—†π—ˆπ—π—‚π—ˆπ—‡π–Ίπ—…π—…π—’ 𝖼𝗁𝖺𝗋𝗀𝖾𝖽 𝖺𝗇𝖽 𝗍𝗋𝖺𝗀𝗂𝖼 π–½π–Ύπ—π–Ίπ—‚π—…π—Œ π—ˆπ–Ώ 𝗐𝗁𝖺𝗍 π—‚π—Œ 𝗁𝖺𝗉𝗉𝖾𝗇𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗂𝗇 π—‰π—‹π–Ύπ—Œπ–Ύπ—‡π—-𝖽𝖺𝗒 π–²π—ˆπ—Žπ—π— 𝖠𝖿𝗋𝗂𝖼𝖺. 𝖨𝗍 π—‚π—Œ 𝗍𝗁𝖾 π—Œπ—π—ˆπ—‹π—’ π—ˆπ–Ώ π—‹π–Ίπ–Όπ—‚π—Œπ—† π—‹π—Žπ—‡ 𝗋𝖺𝗆𝗉𝖺𝗇𝗍. 𝖫𝖺𝗇𝖽 π—‚π—Œ 𝖻𝖾𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗍𝖺𝗄𝖾𝗇. π–Άπ—π—‚π—π–Ύπ—Œ 𝖺𝗋𝖾 𝖻𝖾𝗂𝗇𝗀 𝗍𝖺𝗋𝗀𝖾𝗍𝖾𝖽 π–Ώπ—ˆπ—‹ π–»π—‹π—Žπ—π–Ίπ—… π—π—ˆπ—‹π—π—Žπ—‹π–Ύ 𝖺𝗇𝖽 π—†π—Žπ—‹π–½π–Ύπ—‹. 𝖳𝗁𝖾 π—Œπ—π–Ίπ—π—‚π—Œπ—π—‚π–Όπ—Œ π–½π—ˆπ–Όπ—Žπ—†π–Ύπ—‡π— π—π—π—‚π—Œ π—π—ˆ 𝖻𝖾 π—π—‹π—Žπ–Ύ, π–»π—Žπ— 𝗅𝗂𝗍𝗍𝗅𝖾 π—‚π—Œ π—„π—‡π—ˆπ—π—‡ π—ˆπ–Ώ π—π—π—‚π—Œ π—π—‹π–Ίπ—π–Ύπ—Œπ—π—’ 𝗂𝗇 π—ˆπ—Žπ—‹ π—π—ˆπ—‹π—…π–½. 𝖳𝗁𝖾 π—‹π–Ύπ–Ίπ—Œπ—ˆπ—‡? 𝖳𝗁𝖾 π–Όπ—‹π—‚π—†π–Ύπ—Œ 𝖺𝗋𝖾 π—‡π—ˆπ— π–Όπ—ˆπ—†π—†π—‚π—π—π–Ύπ–½ 𝖻𝗒 π—π—π—‚π—π–Ύπ—Œ π–Ίπ—€π–Ίπ—‚π—‡π—Œπ— π–»π—…π–Ίπ–Όπ—„π—Œ, π–»π—Žπ— 𝗏𝗂𝖼𝖾 π—π–Ύπ—‹π—Œπ–Ί.

π–³π—π—‚π—Œ π—Œπ–Όπ–Ύπ—‡π–Ίπ—‹π—‚π—ˆ π–Ώπ—‚π—‡π–½π—Œ π—‡π—ˆ π—π—‹π–Ίπ–Όπ—π—‚π—ˆπ—‡ π–»π–Ύπ–Όπ–Ίπ—Žπ—Œπ–Ύ 𝗂𝗍 π–½π—ˆπ–Ύπ—Œ π—‡π—ˆπ— 𝖿𝗂𝗍 𝗍𝗁𝖾 π—‰π—ˆπ—…π—‚π—π—‚π–Όπ–Ίπ—…π—…π—’ π–Όπ—ˆπ—‹π—‹π–Ύπ–Όπ— 𝗏𝗂𝖾𝗐 π—ˆπ–Ώ 𝗐𝗁𝖺𝗍 π—‹π–Ίπ–Όπ—‚π—Œπ—† π—‚π—Œ π—„π—‡π—ˆπ—π—‡ π—π—ˆ 𝖻𝖾. 𝖠𝗅𝗂𝖼𝖾 𝖡𝖫 π—‰π—‹π—ˆπ—π—‚π–½π–Ύπ—Œ 𝖺𝗅𝖺𝗋𝗆𝗂𝗇𝗀 π—Œπ—π–Ίπ—π—‚π—Œπ—π—‚π–Όπ—Œ 𝖺𝗇𝖽 π—Œπ—ˆπ–»π–Ύπ—‹π—‚π—‡π—€ π–½π—ˆπ–Όπ—Žπ—†π–Ύπ—‡π—π–Ίπ—π—‚π—ˆπ—‡ π—π—ˆ π–»π—ˆπ—…π—Œπ—π–Ύπ—‹ 𝗍𝗁𝖾 π–Όπ—…π–Ίπ—‚π—†π—Œ 𝗍𝗁𝖺𝗍 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝗍𝖾 π—‰π–Ύπ—ˆπ—‰π—…π–Ύ 𝗂𝗇 π–²π—ˆπ—Žπ—π— 𝖠𝖿𝗋𝗂𝖼𝖺, π—‰π–Ίπ—‹π—π—‚π–Όπ—Žπ—…π–Ίπ—‹π—…π—’ 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝗍𝖾 𝗅𝖺𝗇𝖽-π—ˆπ—π—‡π–Ύπ—‹π—Œ 𝖺𝗇𝖽 π–Ώπ–Ίπ—‹π—†π–Ύπ—‹π—Œ, 𝖿𝖺𝖼𝖾 π—Žπ—‡π—‹π–Ύπ—†π—‚π—π—π—‚π—‡π—€ 𝖽𝖺𝗇𝗀𝖾𝗋. 𝖦𝗋𝗂𝗉𝗉𝖾𝖽 𝖻𝗒 𝖿𝖾𝖺𝗋, 𝖾𝖺𝖼𝗁 π—‚π—Œ 𝗅𝖾𝖿𝗍 π—π—ˆ π—π—ˆπ—‡π–½π–Ύπ—‹, π—‚π—Œ π—π—ˆπ–½π–Ίπ—’ “𝗆𝗒 π—π—Žπ—‹π—‡” π—π—ˆ 𝖻𝖾 π—π—ˆπ—‹π—π—Žπ—‹π–Ύπ–½ 𝖺𝗇𝖽 π—†π—Žπ—‹π–½π–Ύπ—‹π–Ύπ–½? 𝖳𝗁𝖾 π–Ίπ—Žπ—π—π—ˆπ—‹ π—Œπ–Ύπ–Ύπ—„π—Œ π—π—ˆ 𝖻𝖾 𝗍𝗁𝖾 π—π—ˆπ—‚π–Όπ–Ύ π—ˆπ–Ώ 𝗍𝗁𝖾 π—†π—‚π—‡π—ˆπ—‹π—‚π—π—’ 𝗂𝗇 π–²π—ˆπ—Žπ—π— 𝖠𝖿𝗋𝗂𝖼𝖺 𝗒𝖾𝖺𝗋𝗇𝗂𝗇𝗀 π–Ώπ—ˆπ—‹ π—ƒπ—Žπ—Œπ—π—‚π–Όπ–Ύ π—Žπ—‡π–½π–Ύπ—‹ 𝖺 π—€π—ˆπ—π–Ύπ—‹π—‡π—†π–Ύπ—‡π— 𝗍𝗁𝖺𝗍 π—Œπ–Ύπ–Ύπ—†π—Œ π—Žπ—π—π–Ύπ—‹π—…π—’ π–½π—‚π—Œπ—‚π—‡π—π–Ύπ—‹π–Ύπ—Œπ—π–Ύπ–½ 𝗂𝗇 π—‰π—‹π—ˆπ—π—‚π–½π—‚π—‡π—€ 𝗂𝗍. π–¨π—‡π—Œπ—π–Ύπ–Ίπ–½, 𝗍𝗁𝖾 π—€π—ˆπ—π–Ύπ—‹π—‡π—†π–Ύπ—‡π— π—π—Žπ—‹π—‡π—Œ 𝖺 𝖽𝖾𝖺𝖿 𝖾𝖺𝗋 π—π—ˆ 𝗍𝗁𝖾 π–Όπ—‹π—‚π–Ύπ—Œ π—ˆπ–Ώ 𝗍𝗁𝖾 π—‰π–Ύπ—‹π—Œπ–Ύπ–Όπ—Žπ—π–Ύπ–½ π—†π—‚π—‡π—ˆπ—‹π—‚π—π—’ 𝗐𝗁𝗂𝗅𝖾 𝖺𝗍 π—π—‚π—†π–Ύπ—Œ 𝖾𝗏𝖾𝗇 π—…π–Ίπ—†π—‰π—ˆπ—ˆπ—‡π—‚π—‡π—€ 𝗍𝗁𝖾𝗂𝗋 𝗉𝗅𝗂𝗀𝗁𝗍.


On February 12th, I received an email from the Author Academy Awards, signed by β€œThe 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, β€œHello 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, β€œmaking waves,” and has β€œalready” 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, β€œmaking waves,” β€œhaters” or β€œlovers.” 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: β€œHi 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 β€œMy Turn – South Africa” removed from the awards competition, but so were β€œAfterlight” and β€œPassage of Time” which are purely fictional, fantasy novels.

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