|Mindy holt (Whitney President 2013) and Wendy Knight|
**We are currently accepting nominations for 2014. Go HERE
Q. Who can nominate a book for the Whitney Awards?
A. Anyone can nominate a book, as long as:
- The nominator is at least twelve years old.
- The nominator of a book is not the author of the book, the publisher of the book, a publisher’s employee, or anyone else with a monetary interest in the book.
Q. Can I nominate a non-fiction book for the Whitney Awards?
A. No. The Whitney Awards are given for novel-length fiction only. (“Novel length” is defined as at least 50,000 words. For the Best Youth Fiction category, a book must be at least 20,000 words.)
Q. Does a novel have to be published by an LDS publisher in order to be eligible?
A. No. The author must be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but the novel does not have to be published in the LDS market.
Q. Are self-published or e-published books eligible for the Whitneys?
Q. Can I nominate the same novel multiple times?
A. No. You can nominate a novel only once.
Q. Can I nominate more than one novel?
A. Yes. You can nominate as many novels as you feel are deserving of the awards.
Q. When is the deadline for nominating a novel?
A. Books must be nominated by midnight, December 31st of the awards year.
Q. How will the winners be chosen?
A. Any novel which receives five or more nominations will be placed considered an Official Nominee. Those Official Nominees will be evaluated by a panel of genre judges. Those judges will rate each novel. When a judge finds a book they consider exceptional, they will notify the Whitney Committee, who will review it for the two overall awards (Best Novel of the Year and Best Novel by a New Author). The five books in each category that receive the hightest ratings will be Whitney Finalists, and placed on the final ballot.
Final Ballots will be sent to all members of the Awards Academy. The Awards Academy consists of:
- All eligible LDS authors
- Eligible LDS publishing companies. For a company to be eligible, it must have published at least three LDS novels by at least two different authors during the awards year.
- Other professionals in the industry, as decided by the Whitney Awards Committee.
Q. When will the Whitney Awards be announced?
A. The Awards Banquet will be on the last evening of the LDStorymakers Annual Writers Conference, held in the spring.
BEST GENERAL YOUTH FICTION
went to Julie Berry for ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME
Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas.
But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever.
This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.
Now I’m home full-time, keeping the cats company by day while I write, and chasing the boys around in the afternoons and evenings. If you want to know if I’m working on another book now, the answer is always, “Yes.”
THE OTHER FINALISTS WERE
June Laurie has it all—a budding career on the hit crime drama Forensic Faculty, a supportive and perfect boyfriend in her best friend Joseph Cleveland, and hopes of transferring her acting skills to the stage at college. But in a series of plot twists as dramatic as any Hollywood storyline, June's dreams dim with a heavy dose of grown-up reality. Once she starts school at BYU, June's days become filled with classes and the new challenge of dealing with jealous theatre majors who seem determined to give her the cold shoulder. Her happy plans for a future with "the one" take a turn, too, when Joseph dumps her to focus on preparing for his two-year LDS mission. Casting directors and the siren call of stardom beckon her back to California, while an old co-star appears on the scene to confuse things even more. Caught up in the drama of life—the type that has more intrigue, subplots, and unexpected romance than a murder mystery game—June starts to wonder if maybe her life's script might end with a grand finale she never saw coming.
Dead Girls Don't Lie by Jennifer Shaw WolfRachel died at two a.m . . . Three hours after Skyler kissed me for the first time. Forty-five minutes after she sent me her last text.
Jaycee and Rachel were best friends. But that was before. . .before that terrible night at the old house. Before Rachel shut Jaycee out. Before Jaycee chose Skyler over Rachel. Then Rachel is found dead. The police blame a growing gang problem in their small town, but Jaycee is sure it has to do with that night at the old house. Rachel’s text is the first clue—starting Jaycee on a search that leads to a shocking secret. Rachel’s death was no random crime, and Jaycee must figure out who to trust before she can expose the truth.
In the follow-up to her powerful debut, Jennifer Shaw Wolf keeps readers on their toes in another dark, romantic story of murder and secrets.
Going Vintage by Lindsey LeavittWhen Mallory’s boyfriend, Jeremy, cheats on her with an online girlfriend, Mallory decides the best way to de-Jeremy her life is to de-modernize things too. Inspired by a list of goals her grandmother made in1962, Mallory swears off technology and returns to a simpler time (when boyfriends couldn’t cheat with computer avatars). The List:
1. Run for pep club secretary
2. Host a fancy dinner party/soiree
3. Sew a dress for Homecoming
4. Find a steady
5. Do something dangerous
But simple proves to be crazy-complicated, and the details of the past begin to change Mallory’s present. Add in a too-busy grandmother, a sassy sister, and the cute pep-club president–who just happens to be her ex’s cousin–and soon Mallory begins to wonder if going vintage is going too far.
The Distance Between Us by Kasie WestMoney can't buy a good first impression.
Seventeen-year-old Caymen Meyers learned early that the rich are not to be trusted. And after years of studying them from behind the cash register of her mom's porcelain-doll shop, she has seen nothing to prove otherwise. Enter Xander Spence—he's tall, handsome, and oozing rich. Despite his charming ways and the fact that he seems to be one of the first people who actually gets her, she's smart enough to know his interest won't last. Because if there's one thing she's learned from her mother's warnings, it's that the rich have a short attention span. But just when Xander's loyalty and attentiveness are about to convince Caymen that being rich isn't a character flaw, she finds out that money is a much bigger part of their relationship than she'd ever realized. With so many obstacles standing in their way, can she close the distance between them?