Saturday, September 3, 2011

Indie Lit Awards: It's Time to Nominate!

September marks the beginning of my favorite time of year: fall. I love the cooling temperatures, changing leaves, and the excitement of the coming holidays. Now I can add one more reason I love September: nominations are now open for the 2011 Indie Lit Awards. The Indie Lit Awards, created by Wallace from Unputdownables last year, allow literary bloggers to be the judges. I'll thrilled to be a voting member of the fiction category this year. As a voting member, I can't nominate books, so we're relying on readers to nominate the books that will make up the longlist. Here are the categories: Biography & Memoir, GLBTQ, Fiction, Mystery, Non-fiction, Poetry, and Speculative Fiction.

Here are the guidelines for nominations:
1. The books must be published in 2011.
2. You may nominate up to five books per genre.
3. Anyone may nominate (except those who made a profit on the book, such as the author, publicist or publisher).
4. Nominations are open from September 1, 2011 until December 31, 2011 at 11:59 Pacific time.

There's no rush to nominate because you have until the end of December, but it is nice to start thinking about the five most outstanding new release books you've read in each category. I may not be able to nominate, but I'm still hoping readers nominate these books I've loved most this year:
The Sweet Relief of Missing Children: A NovelThe First Husband: A NovelUntold Story: A NovelNext to Love: A NovelWe Had It So Good: A NovelState of Wonder

As I was making this list, I couldn't help but notice all are women authors. I read more women authors than men, but my fall TBR list is overflowing with Fall 2011 literary releases, and many of those are written by men. I'll check in again in December with more wishes for the longlist.

What book are you rooting for in this year's Indie Lit Awards? Nominate it today!

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  1. I have The Sweet Relief book on my list. I'm really looking forward to reading that one but I had sort of forgotten about it!

  2. Very fun to be a judge. I imagine you'll get to read some wonderful books as a result!

  3. I am a voting member on memoirs/biography and excited to be involved this year.

    In fiction, I have nominated 2 of my 5 already - Faith by Jennifer Haigh and Dancing Lessons by Aine Greaney. I have Next To Love on the shelf and also want to read Untold Story.

  4. That would be awesome to be a judge. Looking forward to the fiction catgory results especially!


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