Friday, June 22, 2007

Nominate Your Favorite Books!

As both an author and a reader, I’m excited about a new awards program for novels written by Latter-day Saint authors. The Whitney Awards are named for a quote from early apostle Orson F. Whitney: “We shall yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own.” Sponsored by LDStorymakers, the Whitney Awards program is designed to honor excellence in fiction.

Whitney Awards will be given in the following genre categories:

Romance/Women’s Fiction
Speculative Fiction
Young Adult/Children’s Literature

And the following overall categories:

Novel of the Year
Best Novel by a New Author

Any novel written by an LDS author and released between January 1 and December 31, 2007, is eligible for the 2007 Whitney Awards. A nomination form is available on the Whitney website, and we invite all readers to pay a visit to the website and nominate their favorite new releases.

Official rules and FAQ can also be found at the Whitney website. Click here to read a press release posted on Meridian Magazine. We've also been discussing the Whitneys this week at Six LDS Writers and a Frog (scroll down a couple of entries to find the Whitney blogs from the beginning of the week.)

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