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Reader Nominations Begin!!! ~ Grace Awards 2014

Grace AwardsThe fifth annual Grace Awards is thrilled to announce that reader voting for Finalists commences on December 31, 2014 at midnight and ends February 28, 2015.

Wow! Get in on it!!!

The Grace Awards is reader driven. That means in the first round readers vote for their favorite novels and chose “Finalists” in five literary categories.

WHO CAN VOTE FOR NOVELS:

Individuals (not organizations). Readers who maintain a networking page (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, Linkedin, Ning sites, a blog, etc.) created before November 1, 2014. We check each link to verify there’s a real person there.

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Readers can only vote for ONE novel in each category.

Authors are also readers and can vote, but not for their own novel(s). DON’T vote against yourself, simply vote in the other genre categories for novels you deem worthy.

Editors, publishers, agents can vote, but not for a book they authored or co-authored. 

Board members and judges can vote, but not for their own novel(s).

TYPES OF NOVELS READERS MAY CONSIDER: Traditional Christian, Inspirational, realistic and/or gritty Christian and edgy Christian, stories from a Christian worldview, redemptive themed, biblical, Messianic, catholic, faith-based, Christian and/or Messianic mystical themes, values imbued, grace and forgiveness oriented, marriage and family friendly, depicting Christian lifestyle (can be struggling with it), spiritually and emotionally healing fiction…of 55 thousand words or more. At this time we do not have a category for anthologies.

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CRITERIA FOR NOVELS:

Original novels presenting a Christian worldview written in English, published in hard cover, trade paperback, or in Ebook format.

Traditional publishers, Small press, Indie publishers, self-published works. To us, Pbooks and Ebooks all compete on the same level playing field.

The novel must have been released between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014.

Most of all, the novel must reach the highest of literary standards and add something of value to Christian, inspirational, faith and values based fiction, and to the world at large.

BOOK CATEGORIES:

Women’s Fiction/General Fiction  –  women’s issues and/or men’s issues, can have humor and suspense elements

Contemporary Romance/Historic Romance — the primary element is love/marriage, then or now

Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historic Suspense — crime fiction, there’s probably a body

Speculative — sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc

Action/Adventure, Western, Historic Epic Fiction — exploits, quest, daring, expansive

Young Adult (YA) — appeals to ages 12 – 22-ish

**Note: submit Urban Fiction into the category where it best fits (ie, Women’s Fiction, Young Adult, etc.)

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READER VOTING SUGGESTIONS:

1. Was the novel well written? Did the author use language correctly? Did it make sense?

2. Was the plotline logical? Did any plot turns surprise you? In a good way, as in what a surprise but this really works — or in a bad way, as in “Yikes” this doesn’t work at all?

3. Did the characters feel like living people? Could you identify with the characters and their situations in the novel? Were the scenes plausible?

4. How about pacing? Did you ever get bored?

5. Was the novel true to its setting: time, place?

6. Was the novel entertaining? Did it uplift, send you on an emotional roller coaster, have you on the edge of your seat, tickle your funny bone (depending on the category)?

8. Did the novel engage your Christian walk in a meaningful way? Did it depict Christian life in a plausible manner (in some genres, this would be symbolic)?  Do you think the work adds something of literary value?

HOW TO NOMINATE FINALIST(S):

Readers MUST answer a few simple questions. Then email your answer(s)  to Grace Awards. The “ballot” is a copy, paste, and email process.

ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS TO NOMINATE NOVELS: (Nominate in one category, or all; only one novel per category. Copy and send to graceawards@yahoo.com)

Give a link to your social networking site, web site, or blog. Must have been created before November 1, 2014..

Women’s Fiction/General Fiction: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why did you like the book.

Contemporary Romance/Historical Romance: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

Speculative Fiction — sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc: Name of the novel and author. In 40+words, why you like the book.

Action-Adventure/Western/Historic Epic Fiction: Name of the novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

Young Audlt (YA): Name of the novel. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

 

After you chose in which category/ies you want to nominate a novel, copy and answer the simple questions and email to graceawards@yahoo.com

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR WITH LOTS OF GREAT READING!!!

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21 thoughts on “Reader Nominations Begin!!! ~ Grace Awards 2014

  1. Here’s to another stellar line up, I’might sure

  2. I used the link provided below to nominate an author / book for the Grace Awards – – but when I tried to log in, I must have used a wrong password as it then took me to a page that said “you can not edit this”. Could someone please send me my correct password so I may complete the nomination process. Thank you – Pam Broyles Jacksonville, Florida

    • I’m sorry, the part you have to copy didn’t show up for some reason. I’m techno-challenged at times. Here’s what you have to copy and send to graceawards@yahoo.com

      It’s the bottom of the page “Reader Nominations” and answer the questions. Then email to graceawards@yahoo.com.

      Here I’ve copied it for you —

      ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS TO NOMINATE NOVELS: (only one novel per category)

      Give a link to your social networking site, web site, or blog. Must have been created before November 1, 2014..

      Women’s Fiction/General Fiction: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why did you like the book.

      Contemporary Romance/Historical Romance: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

      Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

      Speculative Fiction — sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc: Name of the novel and author. In 40+words, why you like the book.

      Action-Adventure/Western/Historic Epic Fiction: Name of the novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

      Young Audlt (YA): Name of the novel. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

      Send you nomination(s) to: graceawards@yahoo.com

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  4. The link to the questions requires a WordPress log in. Is that correct?

    • No. Copy the bottom of the page “Reader Nominations” and answer the questions. Then emmail to graceawards@yahoo.com.

      Here I’ve copied it for you —

      ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS TO NOMINATE NOVELS: (only one novel per category)

      Give a link to your social networking site, web site, or blog. Must have been created before November 1, 2014..

      Women’s Fiction/General Fiction: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why did you like the book.

      Contemporary Romance/Historical Romance: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

      Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

      Speculative Fiction — sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc: Name of the novel and author. In 40+words, why you like the book.

      Action-Adventure/Western/Historic Epic Fiction: Name of the novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

      Young Audlt (YA): Name of the novel. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

      Send you nomination(s) to: graceawards@yahoo.com

  5. Are nominees posted on the site somewhere? Does it take just one vote or will a book need multiple nominations to become a finalist?

    • Elk Jerky, Readers make their own selection and nominate who they wish in five categories. The categories are listed on the blog. Then we count the nominations. On May 10th a panel of judges picks winners. If you read the blog, things should become clear. Below is the basics of the nominating process.

      ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS TO NOMINATE NOVELS: (Nominate in one category, or all; only one novel per category. Copy and send to graceawards@yahoo.com)

      Give a link to your social networking site, web site, or blog. Must have been created before November 1, 2014..

      Women’s Fiction/General Fiction: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why did you like the book.

      Contemporary Romance/Historical Romance: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

      Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historical Suspense: Name of novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

      Speculative Fiction — sci-fi, fantasy, horror, etc: Name of the novel and author. In 40+words, why you like the book.

      Action-Adventure/Western/Historic Epic Fiction: Name of the novel and author. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

      Young Audlt (YA): Name of the novel. In 40+ words, why you like the book.

      After you chose in which category/ies you want to nominate a novel, copy and answer the simple questions and email to graceawards@yahoo.com

      • To clarify the answer to ElkJerky’s question Nominations are considered votes, so therefore more nominations gives one the chance to be in the running.

      • Old Things R New, We call them nominations because they are not the final word. We count the nominations and determine who the finalsits are in each category. Then they are judged by three judges with industry cred. So, reader nominations actually determine the finalists.

  6. Robin Richgruber on said:

    Love Katie Mettner books!!

  7. Reblogged this on A few of my thoughts…. and commented:
    Here’s a chance for you to vote for your favorite novel! And it would be great if it was actually one of mine. Seriously, it’s a real opportunity for you to let your thoughts and preferences be heard.

  8. hi,

    To clarify, if I want to nominate a book for the Contemporary Romance category, I just need to email the book title, author and 40+ words on why I like the book?

    Or am I misunderstanding and more is needed?

  9. Reblogged this on Thimblerig's Ark and commented:
    Just thought everyone might like to know that Thimblerig’s Ark is eligible to be nominated for the 2014 Grace Awards, and if you visit the linked blog, you can learn how to nominate a book like Thimblerig’s Ark!

    Thanks to everyone!

  10. It is really easy to nominate. I received my nomination confirmation on yester

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