Generally I don't give a time of day to reports of literary awards - treating literature as thought it was a competitive sport, or a similar corrupt body, is abhorrent. But these "conspiracy" allegations caught my attention, you know - with me being a conspiracy thriller writer. And I can't help but wonder who perpetrates the conspiracy?
The words of a certain prominent New York literary agent come to mind:
"Jack, American readers don't want to think. They only want to be entertained."
Literary agents, for those of you who are not involved in the publishing world, are the gatekeepers, often influencing what does or does not get published.
There's your conspiracy.
DITCH THE AGENT: http://www.spywriter.com/dta/index.html