The Grace Awards polls opened on December 31st at midnight, 2011 with our cyber New Year’s Eve party. So, it might be poetic that they end on February 29th at midnight, 2012 on Leap Year.
We’ve had many more than twice the number of reader nominations for the Grace Awards 2011 Finalists than we did last year.
Finalists in six categories: Women’s Fiction, Contemporary Romance/Historical Romance, Suspense/Thriller/Mystery/Romantic Suspense/ Detective Series, Speculative Fiction, Action Adventure/Western/Historic Epic Fiction, and Young Adult.
Since the nominating process is entirely up to inspirational literature readers, it’s sort of like making sausage…a crazy experience at times. Although there were many, many more entries than last year, some received only one vote. Yet, even a novel receiving one or two votes can be grateful for the readers who took the time to vote.
We are still counting votes and the cream is rising to the top. We will release the titles and authors of FINALISTS on March 3rd.
Three finalists in each category will be determined by the number of reader nominations received in those categories.
Grace Awards 2011 Winners will be selected by a panel of three judges in each category. Winners will be announced on May 10, 2012.
Novels released in 2011 who received reader nominations came from a wide variety of publishing houses: White Rose Publishing, Desert Breeze Publishing, David C. Cook, Lamp Post Inc., Trestle Press, Love Inspired, Whitefire Publishing, Port Yonder Press, Revell, Two Shoes Publishing, Create Space, Zondervan, Splashdown Books, Zonderkidz, Sword of the Spirit Publishing, Thomas Nelson, NavPress, Living Ink Books, Bethany House, Vinspire Publishing, Xulon Press, as well as others.