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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Whitney Award Finalists Announced

SALT LAKE CITY, UT: The Whitney Award nominating committee today announced the finalists in a much-anticipated new program to honor the best of 2007 fiction by Latter-day Saint writers. Sponsored and endorsed by LDStorymakers, an LDS authors’ guild, the Whitney Awards offer national recognition and significant cash prizes to authors whose books win in one of seven categories.

Cash prizes of $500 each have been donated by ExclusivelyLDS.com and will be awarded to one author in each of five genre categories. The online magazine also provided for two additional prizes of $1000 each for the winners of “Book of the Year” and “Best Book by a New Author.”

To be eligible for consideration, a book must have received at least five nominations from its fans. More than fifty works by new and established authors in both the LDS and national markets met the preliminary criteria.

This year’s nominees are listed below in alphabetical order by genre:

ROMANCE/WOMEN’S FICTION:
Counting Stars by Michele Holmes
Desire of Our Hearts by Sariah Wilson
Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
The Independence Club by Rachel Nunes
Loyalty’s Web by Joyce DiPastena

MYSTERY/SUSPENSE:
The Deep End by Traci Hunter Abramson
Grave Secrets by Marlene Austen
Hazardous Duty by Betsy Brannon Green
The Operative by Willard Boyd Gardner
Sheep’s Clothing by Josi S. Kilpack

YOUNG ADULT:
Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson
Bullies in the Headlights by Matthew Buckley
First Day by Allyson B. Condie
How to Take the Ex Out of Ex-Boyfriend by Janette Rallison
Rise of the Evening Star (Fablehaven, Book II) by Brandon Mull

SPECULATIVE FICTION:
Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
Hunting Gideon by Jessica Draper
The Lights of Mahonri Moriancumer by Phyllis Gunderson
The Well of Ascension (Mistborn II) by Brandon Sanderson

HISTORICAL FICTION:
Beyond the Horizon by Judy C. Olsen
Land of Inheritance (Out of Jerusalem, Vol 4) by Heather Moore
On the Road to Heaven by Coke Newell
Spires of Stone by Annette Lyon
Upon the Mountains by Gale Sears

BEST BOOK BY A NEW AUTHOR:
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
Wet Desert by Gary Hansen
Counting Stars by Michele Holmes
Beyond the Horizon by Judy C. Olsen
On the Road to Heaven by Coke Newell

NOVEL OF THE YEAR:
Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George
Land of Inheritance by Heather Moore
On the Road to Heaven by Coke Newell
The Operative by Willard Boyd Gardner
Upon the Mountains by Gale Sears

This ballot now goes out to members of the voting academy, a select group of LDS publishers; bookstore owners, managers, and employees; members of the LDS writers guild; print and online magazine publishers; reviewers; and others working in the field of LDS literature.

Winners will be announced at a gala banquet on Saturday, March 22 at the Cottonwood Inn in Sandy, Utah. Tickets are now on sale at LDStorymakers.com or www.choosethewright.com/Whitneyregistration.html.

Special Lifetime Achievement Awards will also be presented that night to three persons whose bodies of works and tireless efforts have made a significant impact on the field of LDS popular fiction. This year’s honorees are Jennie Hansen, Dean Hughes and Anita Stansfield.

The Whitney’s inaugural year features a solid line-up of contenders, according to committee chair Robison Wells. “I’ve really been overwhelmed by the response we’ve had,” Wells said. “Hundreds of readers nominated their favorites. The amount of talent among LDS writers right now is really incredible.”

Other members of the nominating committee include Stephanie Black, Kerry Blair, James Dashner, Crystal Liechty, B.J. Rowley, and Julie Wright.

For more information on the Whitney Awards, visit www.whitneyawards.com.


8 Comments:

At 1/15/2008 3:47 PM, Blogger Anne Bradshaw said...

CONGRATULATIONS on getting to the Whitney Finalists, all you wonderful authors! All these books look like absorbing reading. And thanks to the hard working organizers for bringing this contest into being.

 
At 1/15/2008 3:57 PM, Blogger Rebecca Talley said...

I am very excited for the gala event--I will be in awe of all of these creative and talented authors.

Congratulations to all of you!

 
At 1/15/2008 4:44 PM, Blogger Annette Lyon said...

The entire Whitney committee (but Rob especially) deserves a huge thanks for all the work they've put into this. It's such a great program. I think the Whitneys are going to bring LDS literature new places.

You guys rock!

 
At 1/15/2008 4:44 PM, Blogger Annette Lyon said...

The entire Whitney committee (but Rob especially) deserves a huge thanks for all the work they've put into this. It's such a great program. I think the Whitneys are going to bring LDS literature new places.

You guys rock!

 
At 1/16/2008 9:42 AM, Blogger Sariah S. Wilson said...

Adding my thanks to the Whitney Award committee for all your hard work and dedication. It will be exciting to see what happens!

 
At 1/16/2008 12:02 PM, Blogger Tristi Pinkston said...

This is all so exciting -- I can't wait to see the end results.

 
At 1/17/2008 3:45 PM, Blogger Lisabella said...

Impressive line-up! The judges face a formidable, but certainly enjoyable, task.

 
At 1/22/2008 12:06 AM, Blogger Heather B. Moore said...

This is all sooo cool. Even cooler than I had imagined. Way to go Rob, et al.

 

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