Nominees for the 2017 Alliance Award

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
Accelerant Ronie Kendig
Bellanok Ralene  Burke
Black Tiger Sara Baysinger
Darkened Hope J. L. Mbewe
Defy Tricia Mingerink
Domino Kia Heavey
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
Tainted Morgan Busse
The Shattered Vigil Patrick W. Carr
Unblemished Sara Ella


Now, to explain how the voting rounds will work.


Voter Eligibility

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 . 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.


Congratulations to all the nominees in the inaugural Alliance Award competition. We’re looking forward to seeing which books readers adored from 2016.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Bokerah Brumley

    When will the voting close? Thank you!

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