Independent Literary Awards – Update


As you may know, I’m a voting member for the Indie Lit Awards 2011. These awards are given by you, the literary blogger, to books published in 2011. There are seven categories:

  • Biography/ Memoir
  • Lit Fiction
  • Mystery
  • Non-Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Speculative Fiction

In September 2011, you can start nominating your favorite books in each of these categories. The rules for nominating are:
  • Books nominated must have a 2011 release date.
  • You may nominate a book that has already been listed (the books with the most nominations will be what we add to the Long List).
  • You may nominate books in more than one genre, up to 5 per genre.
  • Nominations are open to all readers who do not make their income through the sales of books (i.e. not authors, publishers, or publicists) — hence “independent” from the publishing industry.
  • Nominations are open midnight PST September 1, 2011 – 11:59 PST December 31, 2011.

After the nomination deadline of December 31, 2011, the five books that were nominated most in each genre are then read by us, the voting members, if we haven’t read the book yet. We then decide on the winner.

The category I’m involved in is Speculative Fiction. This is fiction that couldn’t be real, like magic, science fiction, horror, etc.

Your task for now: keep track of what your favorite book is in one or more genres. Then by September, you can nominate them for the award.

Check out the Indie Lit Award website for more information.

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6 Responses to Independent Literary Awards – Update

  1. Misha says:

    Thanks for the info! I can’t wait to see which books are nominated.

  2. dearrosie says:

    What a great idea! I’d better start reading 2011 books. (right now I’m reading a 2010 book “The Invisible Bridge” by Julie Orringer)

    • Leeswammes says:

      Dearrosie, so many books, so little time. But yes, if you do happen to read 2011 books, see which ones you like best so you can nominate them for the award.

  3. Leslie says:

    I already have a few good spec fiction books for this year. 🙂

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