Today it was announced that the 2007 Whitney Awards are now open for nominations. In its first year, the Whitney Awards will recognize excellence in fiction by LDS authors. The 2007 winners will be announced in March 2008 at the annual LDStorymakers Writers Conference (http://www.ldstorymakers.com/).
The Whitney Awards honor novels in the following categories: Romance/Women’s Fiction, Suspense/Mystery, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Historical, Novel of the Year, and Best Novel by a New Author. Novels can be nominated by any reader (via http://www.whitneyawards.com/), and nominees are voted on by an academy of industry professionals, including authors, publishers, bookstore owners, distributors, critics, and others. Out of the nominations, five will be chosen as category finalists. The Whitney Award will be the first of its kind to honor excellence in literary achievement in fiction by LDS authors.
So far this year, I've read three excellent novels by LDS writers, and I'm looking forward to checking out the late summer and fall releases. Read what's new this year, then nominate your favorite!