The nomination round for the Alliance Award, Realm Makers’s new Readers Choice award for speculative fiction by a Christian author, wrapped up at the end of March, and we’re very excited about the number of readers who turned out to support their favorite authors. We’re even more excited to announce the books that received the most nominations and will advance to the voting rounds.
The following books published in 2016 will duke it out for finalist positions on the Alliance Award competition:
(Books are listed in alphabetical order by title.)
|A Branch of Silver, A Branch of Gold||Anne Elisabeth Stengl|
|A Time To Rise||Nadine Brandes|
|Black Tiger||Sara Baysinger|
|Darkened Hope||J. L. Mbewe|
|King’s Folly||Jill Williamson|
|New Name||A.C. Williams|
|Rebirth||Amy Brock McNew|
|Saint Death||Mike Duran|
|Samara’s Peril||Jaye L. Knight|
|Scarlet Moon||S.D. Grimm|
|Siren’s Song||Mary Weber|
|Songkeeper||Gillian Bronte Adams|
|Star Realms: Rescue Run||Jon Del Arroz|
|The Shattered Vigil||Patrick W. Carr|
Now, to explain how the voting rounds will work.
Because this is a Readers Choice award, the contest organizers stipulate that voters must have read a minimum of two books on this list to vote.
How to Vote
On April 13th, voting opens on the Realm Makers website at http://realmmakers.net/awards/the-alliance-award/ . Voters will choose a star rating for the books they wish to vote on, five stars indicating a fabulous book, 1 star indicating a poor book. In addition, voters will need to offer a specific explanation of the star rating they chose, not to exceed 500 characters. These explanations will help the contest organizers guard against “popularity contest voting,” where an author mobilizes their following to vote without that following necessarily having read the requisite two books.
There is no limit to the number of books you may rate, so long as you have read them. Authors and readers alike are encouraged to reach out to their circles of influence to publicize voting. We want a vast cross-section of readers involved as voters!
The voting will remain open until the end of April. The total star calculation for the books in this round will determine which five books move on to the final voting round. The system of star rating and explanation will also apply to the final round.