The Alliance Award is Realm Makers’ own Readers’ Choice Award! This award was established to recognize which novel published in the previous calendar year that readers loved best.
Readers nominate their three favorites books published in the previous calendar year. The nomination period runs annually from April 3 to April 22.
To qualify, books must be:
· Speculative in genre (fantasy, science fiction, horror, or any of their related sub-genres)
· Written by a professed Christian author
· Published during the previous calendar year
· The first instance of the book’s publication (no new editions, subsequent printings under a new imprint, etc.)
· Novel length
· A single work (no anthologies, collections, or compilations)
· Written for middle grade, young adult, or adult audiences (no children’s books)
Authors can nominate books as well, but not their own book. They are free to let their readers know about the award in case their fans would like to nominate them for this coveted award, however.
TO DETERMINE SEMI-FINALISTS
The nomination period runs annually from April 3 to April 22.
Books must be in the genre of fantasy, science fiction, horror, or related sub-genre, either traditionally or self-published. Only novel-length fiction please, no short stories, anthologies, or novellas. The books that receive the most nominations will become semi-finalists.
TO DETERMINE FINALISTS
Voting runs annually from May 1 to May 21.
Voters rate any semi-finalists books that they’ve actually read. Voters only get to submit the form once, so it is important to wait to vote until voters are finished reading whichever semi-finalists books they plan to read. Multiple entries will be disqualified.
The voting runs on a star system:
For each book a vote has actually read (minimum of two), we’re asking for a star rating and a brief but specific explanation for that particular rating (max 500 characters). This means voters will be able to move books up in ranking by giving a high star rating and to move books down by giving them a lower score—as long as the rating is justified.
Note: Don’t five-star a book and one-star everything else, Maleficent. That’s a good way to get your vote disqualified. Be thoughtful. The authors deserve that.
TO DETERMINE THE WINNER
Voting runs annually from May 26 to June 14.
Voters can participate if they’ve read a minimum of two books on the finalist list. That’s why there’s a bit of a gap between the second and final rounds; we want voters to have time to read the other finalists’ books if they haven’t already. Again, the star rating system will apply.