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Congratulations to the finalists for the 2017 Alliance Award. The readers have spoken, and through their star ratings and comments, they have chosen the five speculative fiction titles that will advance to the final round of voting for the first-ever Alliance Award.

The 2017 finalists are…

A BRANCH OF SILVER, A BRANCH OF GOLD – Anne Elisabeth Stengl

A TIME TO RISE – Nadine Brandes

DEFY – Tricia Mingerink

SAMARA’S PERIL – Jaye L. Knight

UNBLEMISHED – Sara Ella

Final round voting begins on May 10th and will run until May 31st. We’re excited to see which title emerges as the Alliance Award Winner. For the voting process and voter criteria, please read through the contest rules below.

CONTEST RULES

Nominations:

Since this is a Readers Choice Award, authors/editors/publishing houses may not nominate their own books. Any nominations submitted by entities involved in the book’s creation or votes cast by said entities will be discarded.

The 20 novels that receive the most nominations will advance to the voting rounds.

All nominees should be:

  • Speculative in nature
  • Written by a Christian author
  • Novel length (60,000 + words for adult novels, 50,000 + words for Young Adult)

Voting Rounds:

Voter Eligibility:
Semi finals:

Anyone who has read a minimum of TWO BOOKS in the nomination list is eligible to vote in the semi final round. Voters will need to give a star rating to no fewer than two books in the list. In addition to the rating, voters will need to include a brief (but specific) explanation of the reason they assigned the particular rating they chose.

Voting will be based on a star system. Readers will rate the nominated books that they have read. The five novels that receive the highest star calculation in in this round will move on to the qualify as finalists.

Final Round:

Voting will take place from May 10th to May 31st, 2017. You will find the voting page right here on this page when the time comes.

Anyone who has read at least one title among the finalists is eligible to vote in the final round. Voters can rate anywhere from one book to all five on the list, provided they have read the books they rate. (Honors system–do the right thing, voters!) Voters will also have to comment on each book they rate with a brief explanation of the rating they chose.

The book to receive the highest star calculation will be the winner of the Alliance Award. The winner will  be announced at the Realm Makers Awards Banquet On July 28th, 2017 and be presented with a commemorative certificate.