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A presentation made for Foundations in Library Science and presented by Kevin Cretsos and Tony Nguyen December 2009.

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  • Either depending on age group, culture, or genre. Something that will grab this groups attention This in turn helps promote literacy YALSA spends much of their time into research to see which books are best for teen audiences Idea is get potential readers hooked on library services With so many titles, sometimes it is hard to decide what books to read. By creating book awards you can direct potential readers to a particular book
  • Authors that become book award winners benefit because libraries will more likely buy book award books These books usually become best sellers
  • -YALSA gives out book awards to fulfill its missions towards teen services in libraries, to recommend books they feel will captivate their teens. -Through the course of a year, YALSA looks at a variety of books published and decides which books deserve special recognition to the public. -Goal is to keep community (especially teens) interested in reading and to improve teen literacy.
  • Each division of YALSA book awards has its own committee that gives requirements for the book award. They will accept nominations for titles, select books that fit into what they are looking for, discuss those books, and then vote from that selection.
  • Created in 1998. First awarded in 2002. Awarded annually. These are books that come from the publisher’s adult lists. Almost like a booklist. If a reader does not like the single book awarded, there are nine others to choose from. Another advantage: can include more than one genre in that list of ten…
  • Created in 1988. Awarded annually. Administered by YALSA, sponsored by School Library Journal. Winners receive $2000.00 Honors an author that brings awareness to teens and their roles in relationships and the world.
  • Created in 2009. This award helps give more recognition to newer voices in the community. In turn, this helps attract a wider teen audience and encourages other new authors to publish in the future.
  • Can be poetry, nonfiction, graphic work…
  • ALSC: Association for Library Services to Children Children book awards give librarians and parents an idea on what books they should direct their children audiences towards.
  • Created in 1922. Attempts to recognize excellence in children’s literature and to encourage literacy in children. Runner-up books win honor seals
  • Illustration and design are less important than how well it is written. This award is not based on popularity.
  • Created in 1937. Picture books were becoming more popular, so they created an award specifically for picture books to honor the illustrators. Again trying to attract new audiences with this award.
  • Leads the child through a visual experience… Runner ups win honor medals…
  • Established in 2004, first presented in 2006. Honor books are awarded
  • Does this book motivate children to read? Is it fun and educational? Is the author careful to introduce the words slowly and repeat them to ensure a form of learning in the child? The illustrations reinforce the progression of the story.
  • First given in 1954 Similar to the Margaret A. Edwards Award Originally given every five years, changed to every three years and then two.
  • For children’s and young adult audiences
  • Given once every two years. In 2009, changed to annually. Split between narrative award and illustrator award.
  • Image from: http://blogs.skokielibrary.info/bookshelf/2009/01/20/edgar-award-nominees/
  • Books, short stories, television shows, films in mystery, crime, suspense and intrigue are eligible in their category if published or produced for the first time in the U.S. during the calendar year. (Exceptions are the Robert L Fish and Mary Higgins Clark awards).
  • Direct contact with judges might make a submission ineligible for consideration. Foreign books may have an earlier copyright date, but consideration will occur of its first publication in the United States. Television episodes and plays must be shown for the first time during the year considered. Plays are generally considered based on the whether the performance has a ‘first’ or major performance during the judging year. Process General Awards Chair is selected to oversee the judging process. GAC selects one chairperson for each of the 12 individual Edgar categories & the Simon & Schuster Mary Higgins Clark Award Each chairperson chooses an additional 4 judges for their category. (Best Novel usually has 8 judges.) Each person is generally a MWA member A judge must read every book that is submitted. Each judge compiles a personal Top Ten list. The Top Ten list is compiled for a final Top Ten list. Each panel will judge the Top Ten list to determine the final Top Five. Nominations are announced as close to Edgar Allan Poe’s Birthday (January 19th) as possible. Winners are announced at the annual Edgar Awards Banquet typically in late April/early May.
  • Best Play – All full-length plays produced professionally or through the League of Regional Theatres are eligible. Full length plays and reproductions of full-length plays that have had significant rewrites and produced for the first time during the year considered are eligible. Best Television Series Episode Teleplay – Submission of DVD of episode actually aired during the year considered.
  • For more information visit: http://www.mysterywriters.org/?q=AwardsPrograms
  • Process: Members of Worldcon are allowed to nominate (up to 5) items for each category. Current members are allowed to vote for the winners. The top five nominees with the highest total will go on the final ballot. Categories are divided by whether a work was done by a professional, semi-professional, or by a fan. Authors have ability to withdraw from the ballot for their own reasons January to March – members of Worldcon are allowed to nominate five people or works from the previous year in fifteen categories. In April – a shortlist is announced of five finalists in each category and a ballot is mailed out to current Worldcon members. Balloting ends in July. Winners are announced at Worldcon.
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form – film/television/radio/live theatre/computer game or music lasting 90 minutes or longer. Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form - film/television/radio/live theatre/computer game or music lasting less than 90 minutes. Best Editor, Long Form – person must have edited at least 4 novel-length books devoted to science fiction/fantasy in the year of eligibility (anthologies/collections not considered). Best Editor, Short Form – person must have edited at least 4 anthologies, collections or magazine issues devoted to science fiction or fantasy. Best Professional Artist – must be classed as professional and awarded to artists and illustrators. Best Semiprozine Must not be professional & meet 2 of the 5 criteria: Average press run of at least 1000 copies per issue Paid its contributors and/or staff in other than copies of the publication Provided at least half the income of any one person Had at least fifteen percent of its total space occupied by advertising Best Fanzine – considered for anything that is neither professional or semi-professional – must have a minimum of 4 issues and have at least one issue during the year of eligibility. Can be posted as paper, e-mailed, a PDF or a blog. Best Fan Writer – Could be anything written by a fan – can be found in blogs or electronically – only criteria is that it is not professionally done. Best Fan Artist – can be artists who have published in professional publications. Artists on the Professional Artist ballot can not be on the Best Fan Artist at the same time.
  • Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form WALL-E Andrew Stanton & Pete Docter, story; Andrew Stanton & Jim Reardon, screenplay; Andrew Stanton, director (Pixar/Walt Disney) Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form Doctor Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog Joss Whedon, & Zack Whedon, & Jed Whedon & Maurissa Tancharoen , writers; Joss Whedon, director (Mutant Enemy) Best Editor, Short Form Ellen Datlow Best Editor, Long Form David G. Hartwell Best Professional Artist Donato Giancola Best Semiprozine Weird Tales edited by Ann VanderMeer & Stephen H. Segal Best Fanzine Electric Velocipede edited by John Klima Best Fan Writer Cheryl Morgan Best Fan Artist Frank Wu
  • Campaign Best strategy is to publicize the work as widely as possible in order for work to be considered. You or the publisher may wish to take out an advertisement in the HWA newsletter. HWA members may place a notice about their publication in sections of the HWA newsletter free of charge. Authors may send free copies of their work to HWA members. People can purchase a HWA mailing list (labels only) to send copies of original work by regular mail. Members can utilize the HWA directory to create an ‘opt-in’ e-mail list for promotional purposes. Members can use the HWA message board to post announcements. Process HWA members recommend works for consideration. Ballots are compiled based on recommendations. Two rounds of voting are done by active members to determine finalists and then the winners. Awards are presented at the annual HWA conference in June.
  • Process Books must be received by the deadline to be qualified for the contest. (One month after the application is due – early December) A complete lists of finalists will be announced in late March. The top 10 percent of each category’s entries with a limit of 8 will advance to the final round. Final round judging begins in mid-April. Final-round score sheets must be received by early June.

Book Awards Book Awards Presentation Transcript

  • Book Awards Kevin Cretsos Tony Nguyen
    • What book awards do you know?
  • Agenda
    • Why should we care?
    • ALA Awards
      • Young Adult Book Awards
      • Children’s Book Awards
    • Genre Book Awards
      • Edgar Awards
      • Hugo Awards
      • Rita Awards
      • Stoker Awards
    • Libraries and Book Awards (Marketing)
  • Importance of Book Awards
    • Promote awareness in literature to specific populations with book awards
      • Appeals to users
    • Helps librarians know:
      • Trends of library users
      • Which books to recommend
      • Which books to buy
    • Inspire others to publish
      • Authors benefit by winning book awards (best sellers)
      • Incentive to publish more books
    • Attract more users : the community will see the importance of libraries.
      • Promote literacy and library services
  • Book Award Advantages
    • Give under-the-radar books exposure to the public
    • With so many books to choose from, book award titles make great starting places
    • Turn authors and illustrators into “rock stars”
    • Ooh, this book has a shiny sticker. I should investigate…
  • ALA Young Adult Book Awards
    • Sponsored by YALSA (subdivision of ALA)
    • Made for Young Adult audiences
      • Ages 12-18
    • Created to promote awareness in teen literature
      • For librarians, teachers, and library users
    • YALSA looks at a variety of books published and decides which books deserve special recognition
  • Some YALSA book awards…
    • Alex Awards
    • Margaret A. Edwards Award
    • William C. Morris YA Debut Award
    • Odyssey Award (best audiobook)
      • Also a children’s book award
    ala.org/yalsa/booklists /
  • Alex Awards
    • First awarded in 2002
    • Awards ten books intended for adult audiences that also appeal to teens
    • Strives to give teens a variety of choices, rather than to honor a single book
  • Alex Award: Criteria
    • Book must be published in the previous year
    • Fiction, nonfiction, or other genre…
    • Co-authorship is allowed
    • Must come from a publisher’s adult list
    • Must be potentially appealing to teens
    • Must be well-written and readable for teens
  • Recent Alex Awards: 2009 Winners
    • City of Thieves, by David Benioff
    • The Dragons of Babel , by Michael Swanwick
    • Finding Nouf, by Zoë Ferraris
    • The Good Thief, by Hannah Tinti
    • Just After Sunset: Stories, by Stephen King
    • Mudbound, by Hillary Jordan
    • Over and Under, by Todd Tucker
    • The Oxford Project, by Stephen G. Bloom
    • Sharp Teeth, by Toby Barlow
    • Three Girls and Their Brother, by Theresa Rebeck
    ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/alexawards/alexawards.cfm
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award
    • Created in 1988
    • Honors an author and some selected works by the author that have significantly impacted teens over the years and continues to impact them
    • Focuses on teens and their roles in relationships and the world
  • Margaret A. Edwards Award: Criteria
    • Book/books must be published for at least five years before it can win an award
    • Co-authorship is allowed
    • Committee looks at:
      • How well the books reflect the teen experience
      • Literary quality
      • Popularity with teens
      • Are the books intriguing to teens?
  • Some Margaret A. Edwards Award Winners…
    • 2009 Laurie Halse Anderson
      • Catalyst
      • Fever 1793
      • Speak
    • 2008 Orson Scott Card
      • Ender's Game
      • Ender's Shadow
    ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/margaretaedwards/margaretedwards.cfm
  • William C. Morris YA Debut Award
    • Created in 2009
    • Honors first-time authors writing YA literature
      • Approx. 3,000 YA books published each year
      • 10% of these are debut titles
    • Because more people are publishing for the first time, give them awards
  • William C. Morris Award Requirements
    • Must be the first time author has published a book
    • Any genre
    • Must be well written
    • Committee looks at the book’s elements:
      • Story, voice, setting, characters, style, etc.
  • William C. Morris Award Winners
    • 2009 Winner: A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
    • 2009 Finalists:
      • Graceling by Kristen Cashore
      • Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne
      • Madapple by Christina Meldrum
      • Me, The Missing, and the Dead by Jenny Valentine
    ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/yalsa/booklistsawards/morris/morrisaward.cfm
  • ALA Children’s Book Awards
    • Sponsored by ALSC (subdivision of ALA)
    • Primarily for audiences of age 14 and under (an exception with Geisel Award)
    • Reinforces ALSC’s goal to promote reading and literacy in young children
      • Informs librarians, parents, and teachers about which books are great for children audiences
  • Some ALSC Book Awards…
    • John Newbery Award
    • Randolph Caldecott Award
    • Geisel Award
    • Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
    ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/index.cfm
  • John Newbery Award
    • Created in 1922
    • Honors the most distinguished American children’s books
    • Makes history as the first children’s book award in the world
    • Like the Caldecott Award, one of the most well-known book awards in the country
  • John Newbery Award Requirements
    • Authors: must be citizens or residents of U.S.
      • Books must be published first in U.S.
      • Co-authorship is allowed
    • Many forms of literature qualify (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays)
      • Does not include reprints, compilations, or abridgments
      • Must be the original work by the author
    • Books must be distinguished by excellence and significance for children audiences
      • Committee looks at elements of theme, organization, plot, characters, setting, style
  • Recent John Newbery Award Winners
    • 2009: The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Dave McKean
    • 2009 Honor books:
      • The Underneath  by Kathi Appelt, illus. by David Small 
      • The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom by Margarita Engle
      • Savvy by Ingrid Law 
      • After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson
    • 2008: Good Masters! Sweet Ladies! Voices from a Medieval Village by Laura Amy Schlitz
    ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberymedal.cfm
  • Randolph Caldecott Award
    • Created in 1937
    • Honors American artists and their achievements in picture books
    • Picture books becoming more popular at the time
  • Randolph Caldecott Award Requirements
    • Must be a picture book with original illustrations
    • Artist must be a citizen or resident of the U.S.
    • The picture book is distinguished by its significance and excellence in quality
      • The picture book has a storyline, theme, mood, or concept that is developed through a series of pictures
      • Committee looks at the artistic technique and how well it works with expressing the story
  • Randolph Caldecott Award Winners
    • 2009:  The House in the Night  illustrated by Beth Krommes, written by Susan Marie Swanson
    • 2008: The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick
    • 2007: Flotsam  by David Wiesner 
    ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottmedal.cfm
  • Geisel Award
    • First awarded in 2006
    • Named after Dr. Theodore Seuss
    • Honors accomplishments in books intended for early children readers (pre-kindergarten through 2 nd grade)
  • Geisel Award Requirements
    • Must be an original work
    • Fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are all eligible
    • Looking for books that captivate early children readers (fun and educational)
      • Simplicity (does the author introduce words slowly and repeat them?)
    • Minimum of 24 pages, no more than 96 pages
    • Must have illustrations (reinforces story)
  • Geisel Award Winners
    • 2009: Are You Ready to Play Outside?  by Mo Willems
    • 2008: There Is a Bird on Your Head  by Mo Willems
    • 2007: Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways  by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
    ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/geiselaward/index.cfm
  • Wilder Award
    • First awarded in 1954
    • Named after Laura Ingalls Wilder
    • Honors authors/illustrators that have made a significant impact on children over the years
    • Given every two years
  • Wilder Awards Requirements
    • More than one book
    • Some books must have been available to children for at least ten years
    • Are these books good examples for other children’s books?
      • Have these books created new trends in other children’s books?
  • Wilder Award Winners
    • 2009: Ashley Bryan
    • 2007: James Marshall
    • 2005: Laurence Yep
    • 2003: Eric Carle
    ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/wildermedal/index.cfm
  • ALA book awards for ethnicities
    • Coretta Scott King Award
      • First awarded in 1974
      • Honors African-American authors/illustrators for expressing an experience with black culture
      • Splits between an author award and an illustrator award
    ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/emiert/cskbookawards/index.cfm
  • Coretta Scott King Award Winners
    • Author Awards:
      • 2009: We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
      • 2008: Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
      • 2007: Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
    • Illustrator Awards:
      • 2009: The Blacker the Berry illus. by Floyd Cooper
      • 2008: Let it Shine written and illus. by Ashley Bryan
      • 2007: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom illus. by Kadir Nelson
  • Pura Belpré Award
    • Created in 1996
    • Honors Latino writers expressing Latino experiences in children’s books
    • Sponsored by ALSC and National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking
    ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/belpremedal/index.cfm
  • Pura Belpré Award Winners
    • Narrative Award
      • 2009: Margarita Engle The Surrender Tree: Poems of Cuba's Struggle for Freedom  
      • 2008: Margarita Engle. The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano . Illustrated by Sean Qualls
    • Illustrator Award
      • 2009: Just In Case , illustrated and written by Yuyi Morales
      • 2008: Los Gatos Black on Halloween , illustrated by Yuyi Morales
  • The Edgar Awards
    • Named after Edgar Allan Poe
    • Recognized as the most prestigious award in the mystery business
    • Began in 1946
    • Selected and awarded by the Mystery Writer’s Association
    Image courtesy of Skokie Library
  • The Edgar Awards: Criteria
    • Many forms are eligible
    • A work can be submitted to only one Edgar committee
    • The publisher or producer is responsible to submit works to the appropriate committee
    • Submissions can not include reviews or promotional material
  • The Edgar Awards: Criteria
    • One copy must be sent to each member of the committee with a submission form
    • Submission form is also sent to the MWA National office
    • There is no entry fee or limit to the number of entries from a publisher or author
    • Submissions must be submitted by November 30th for consideration, although they are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year
  • The Edgar Awards: Categories
    • Best Novel – Hardbound only
    • Best First Novel –only first time US-born novelists are eligible for this award
    • Best Paperback Original – Novels published only in paperback. Paperback first novels are not eligible in this category
    • Best Critical/Biography – Biographies of mystery writers or notable practitioners of the genre – not criminals
  • The Edgar Awards: Categories
    • Best Fact Crime – Nonfiction
    • Best Short Story – works up to 22,000 words. Can be from magazines, periodicals, from anthologies or web sites
    • Best Children’s Mystery – Preschool up to Grade 7 (for ages 5-11) Does not include Young Adult)
    • Best Young Adult Mystery – Grades 8-12 (Age 12-18)
  • The Edgar Awards: Categories
    • Mary Higgins Clark Award : book most closely written in the Mary Higgins Clark Tradition
      • Protagonist is a nice young woman whose life is suddenly invaded
      • She’s self-made and independent, with primarily good family relationships
      • She has an interesting job
      • She is not looking for trouble – she is doing exactly what she should be doing and something “cuts across her bow”
      • She solves her problem by her own courage and intelligence
      • The story has no on-scene violence
      • The story has no strong four-letter words or explicit sex scenes
  • The Edgar Awards: 2009 Winners
    • Best Novel
      • Blue Heaven by C.J. Box (St. Martin's Minotaur)
    • Best First Novel By An American Author
      • The Foreigner by Francie Lin (Picador)
    • Best Paperback Original
      • China Lake by Meg Gardiner (New American Library - Obsidian Mysteries)
    • Best Fact Crime
      • American Lightning: Terror, Mystery and the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century by Howard Blum (Crown Publishers)
  • The Edgar Awards: 2009 Winners
    • Best Critical/Biographical
      • Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to his Tell-Tale Stories by Dr. Harry Lee Poe (Metro Books)
    • Best Short Story
      • "Skinhead Central" - Mystery Writers of America Presents: The Blue Religion by T. Jefferson Parker (Hachette Book Group - Little, Brown and Company)
    • Best Juvenile
      • The Postcard by Tony Abbott (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
    • Best Young Adult
      • Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin Young Readers Group - Dutton Children's Books)
  • The Edgar Awards: 2009 Winners
    • Robert L. Fish Memorial Award
      • "Buckner's Error" - Queens Noir by Joseph Guglielmelli (Akashic Books)
    • The Simon & Schuster - Mary Higgins Clark Award
      • The Killer's Wife by Bill Floyd (St. Martin's Minotaur)
  • The Edgar Awards: 2009 Winners
    • Best Play
      • The Ballad of Emmett Till by Ifa Bayeza (Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL)
    • Best Television Episode Teleplay
      • "Prayer of the Bone" - Wire in the Blood , Teleplay by Patrick Harbinson (BBC America)
    • Best Motion Picture Screen Play
      • In Bruges , Screenplay by Martin McDonagh (Focus Features)
    For more information on the Edgar Awards visit: mysterywriters.org
  • The Hugo Awards
    • Named after Hugo Gernsback
    • Recognized as the most prestigious award in science fiction & fantasy
    • Began in 1953/55
    • Selected and awarded by the World Science Fiction Society
  • The Hugo Awards: Criteria
    • Works first published in languages other than English are eligible in their first year of publication in English translation
    • Revisions of works can be considered if they are sufficiently different from the original
    • Campaigning for a Hugo Award is inadvisable
  • The Hugo Awards: Criteria
    • There is no submission process to be on the ballot
      • Items are nominated through word of mouth amongst members
      • A good review in the Locus can help get a person’s work nominated
    • All nominees considered will be based on year in question.
    • Websites and e-books can be considered
        • http:// www.locusmag.com/SFAwards/index.html
  • The Hugo Awards: Categories
    • Best Novel – 40,000 words or more
    • Best Novella – 17,500 words to 40,000 words
    • Best Novelette – 7,500 words to 17,500 words
    • Best Short Story – less than 7,500 words
    • Best Related Book – a book that is related to science fiction, fantasy or fandom but does not qualify for any of the fiction categories. Includes collections of art, works of literary criticism, making of film or television, etc.
    • Best Graphic Story – Science fiction/fantasy story told in graphic form
  • The Hugo Awards: 2009 Winners
    • Best Novel
      • The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
    • Best Novella
      • “ The Erdmann Nexus” by Nancy Kress ( Asimov’s Oct/Nov 2008)
    • Best Novelette
      • “ Shoggoths in Bloom” by Elizabeth Bear ( Asimov’s Mar 2008)
    • Best Short Story
      • “ Exhalation” by Ted Chiang ( Eclipse Two )
  • The Hugo Awards: 2009 Winners
    • Best Related Book
      • Your Hate Mail Will be Graded: A Decade of Whatever, 1998-2008 by John Scalzi (Subterranean Press)
    • Best Graphic Story
      • Girl Genius, Volume 8: Agatha Heterodyne and the Chapel of Bones Written by Kaja & Phil Foglio, art by Phil Foglio, colors by Cheyenne Wright (Airship Entertainment)
    For more information on the Hugo Awards: http:// www.thehugoawards.org /
  • The Stoker Awards
    • Named after Bram Stoker
    • Presented for superior achievement in horror
    • Began in 1988
    • Selected and awarded by the Horror Writer’s Society
  • The Stoker Awards: Criteria
    • Any work of Horror first published in the English language may be considered for a Stoker during the year of its publication
  • The Stoker Awards: Categories
    • Novel
    • First Novel
    • Short Fiction
    • Long Fiction
    • Fiction Collection
    • Poetry Collection
    • Anthology
    • Non-Fiction
    • Specialty Press
    • Lifetime Achievement
    • Richard Layman President’s Award
    • Silver Hammer
  • The Stoker Awards: 2009 Winners
    • Novel
      • Duma Key by Stephen King
    • First Novel
      • The Gentling Box by Lisa Mannetti
    • Short Fiction
      • "The Lost" by Sarah Langan
    • Long Fiction
      • Miranda by John R. Little
  • The Stoker Awards: 2009 Winners
    • Fiction Collection
      • Just after Sunset by Stephen King
    • Poetry Collection
      • The Nightmare Collection by Bruce Boston
    • Anthology
      • Unspeakable Horror edited by Vince A. Liaguno and Chad Helder
    • Non-Fiction
      • A Hallowe'en Anthology by Lisa Morton
  • The Stoker Awards: 2009 Winners
    • Specialty Press
      • Bloodletting Press
    • Lifetime Achievement
      • F. Paul Wilson, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
    • Richard Layman President’s Award
      • John Little
    • Silver Hammer
      • Sephera Giron
    For more information on the Stoker Awards: horror.org /stokers
  • The Rita Awards
    • Named after Rita Clay Estrada
    • Presented for excellence in the romance genre
    • Began in 1982
    • Selected and awarded by the Romance Writer’s Association
  • The Rita Awards: Criteria
    • Entrants must be at least 18 years of age by submission deadline
    • The contest is limited to the first 1,200 paid entries whether it is before or after the deadline.
    • Must be a published by a non-Subsidy/non-Vanity Publisher
    • A category must have a minimum of 25 entries received by the deadline to have the category judged. If not, the category will be cancelled
  • The Rita Awards: Criteria
    • Meet the requirements of the category in which it was entered
    • The author must not participate financially in the production and/or distribution of the work
    • Submit five copies of the book for the preliminary round
    • Submit five additional books for the final round. RWA to contact the author for additional books
  • The Rita Awards: Categories
    • The love story is the main focus of the novel, and the end of the book is emotionally satisfying and optimistic
  • The Rita Awards: Categories
    • Contemporary Series Romance – Series romance novels that focus primarily on the romantic relationship
    • Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure – Series romance novels that focus primarily on the romantic relationship but may have more complex suspense or adventure subplots
    • Contemporary Single Title Romance – Romance novels that focus primarily on the romantic relationship, released as individual titles, not as part of a series
    • Historical Romance – Romance novels set in any time period prior to 1945, and taking place in any location
  • The Rita Awards: Categories
    • Inspirational Romance – Romance novels combined with religious or spiritual beliefs
    • Novel with Strong Romantic Elements – Work of fiction in which romance plays a significant part in the story, but other themes of elements take the plot beyond the traditional romance boundaries
    • Paranormal Romance – Novels in which the future, fantasy world or paranormal happenings are an integral part of the plot
    • Regency Historical Romance – Romance novels in which the majority of the story is set against the Regency period of the British Empire
  • The Rita Awards: Categories
    • Romance Novella – The word count must be between 20,000-40,000 words
    • Romantic Suspense – Romance novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an integral part of the plot
    • Young Adult Romance – Novels with a strong romantic theme geared toward young adult readers
    • Best First Book – A full-length book entered in any of the other contest categories. The author(s) must not have had any other novel or novella previously published in any format
  • The Rita Awards: 2009 Winners
    • Best First Book
      • Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs
    • Best Contemporary Series Romance
      • A Mother's Wish by Karen Templeton
    • Best Contemporary Series Romance: Suspense/Adventure
      • Danger Signals by Kathleen Creighton
    • Best Contemporary Single Title Romance
      • Not Another Bad Date by Rachel Gibson
  • The Rita Awards: 2009 Winners
    • Best Historical Romance
      • The Edge of Impropriety by Pam Rosenthal
    • Best Inspirational Romance
      • Finding Stefanie by Susan May Warren
    • Best Novel with Strong Romantic Elements
      • Tribute by Nora Roberts
    • Best Paranormal Romance
      • Seducing Mr. Darcy by Gwyn Cready
    • Best Regency Historical Romance
      • My Lord and Spymaster by Joanna Bourne
  • The Rita Awards: 2009 Winners
    • Best Romance Novella
      • "The Fall of Rogue Gerard" by Stephanie Laurens in It Happened One Night
    • Best Romantic Suspense
      • Take No Prisoners by Cindy Gerard
    • Best Young Adult Romance
      • Hell Week by Rosemary Clement-Moore
    For more information on the Rita Awards: rwanational.org
  • Libraries and Book Awards (Marketing)
    • Collection development
    • Book displays
    • Programming: Storytime, Book clubs, Discussion Groups
    • Add with booklists to promote reading
  • Libraries and Book Awards
    • http:// www.slco.lib.ut.us/award/award_winning_books.htm
  • Libraries and Book Awards
    • http:// www.mcpl.lib.mo.us /readers/
  • Libraries and Book Awards
    • http:// www.columbuslibrary.org/ebranch/index.cfm?pageid =78&parentid=482
  • Libraries and Book Awards
    • http://www.faylib.org/reading-room/readers-advisory.asp
  • Libraries and Book Awards
    • http:// www.cmrls.lib.ms.us/ra_lists.htm
  • Libraries and Book Awards
    • http:// massillonlibrary.org/ra/awards.htm
  • Libraries and Book Awards
    • http:// libwww.freelibrary.org/explore/shell.cfm?topicTitle = bestsellers&template = readersadvisory.cfm
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