Parable and Alliance Award Announcements!

Parable and Alliance Award Announcements!

We are excited to announce the finalists for the Parable Award (for book covers) and the semi-finalist for the Alliance Award (reader’s choice). Read on, my friends, read on …


The Parable Award

We invite you to join us in celebrating these incredible, eye-catching covers! The deliberation process was long and hard, and we even had two covers tie for fifth place, but we are very excited to announce the six covers that have finaled for the Parable Award! 

Thank you to everyone who entered, there were so many incredible submissions. All the entries were judged on the following three areas: excellence of execution, excellence of typography, and general effect.

 Please feel free to comment below, share this post, throw confetti, rent a dragon, or whatever you want to do to join us in congratulating the finalists! 

Now, enjoy these spectacular designs…and join us in St. Louis in July for the Realm Makers conference to be there in person when the Parable Award is presented. 





 Artist: Jenny Zemanek

Author: Kara Swanson







Artist: Damonza

Author: Laura Vanarendonk Baugh







Artist: Kirk DouPonce

Author: Steve Rzasa







Artist: Jeff Gifford 

Author: Erica Marie Hogan







Artist: Christian Bentulan 

Author: Julie Hall







Artist: Kirk DouPonce

Author: Catherine Jones Payne







It is also our immense pleasure to announce the incredible Alliance Award Semi-Finalists! This is an award fueled by you, the reader (or Book Dragon, as the case may be). The novels that have semi-finaled are:


ARBITER – Jamie Foley


ASRIAN SKIES – Anne Wheeler


BATTLEBORN – Joshua C. Chadd


THE BEAST OF TALESEND – Kyle Robert Shultz


BREAKWATER – Catherine Jones Payne


DELIVER – Tricia Mingerink




ENDING FEAR – Deanna Fugett


EXILES – Jaye L. Knight




THE GENESIS TREE – Heather L. L. Fitzgerald


HALAYDASarah Delena White


KEEPER OF SHADOWS – Bridgett Powers


KING’S BLOOD – Jill Williamson


LAWLESS – Janeen Ippolito


WARFARE – Julie Hall


THE WATER CAVE – Rachel Lopez


Voting begins on MONDAY, MAY 7. To ensure you don’t miss out on your chance to vote (and to stay up-to-date with other Realm Makers events for readers, be sure to sign up for our email list! We promise not to plague your Inbox. We just send out occasional emails to let you know about Realm Makers awards and book events. The fun stuff.


ELIGIBILITY STATEMENT: If you have read a minimum of two books on the nomination list you are eligible to vote (but don’t jump the gun). Read carefully.

You’ll only get to submit the form once. Multiple entries will be disqualified.

For each book you’ve actually read (minimum of two), we’re asking for a star rating. In addition to the rating, please include a brief but specific explanation of the reason you assigned the particular rating you chose (max 500 characters). This means you’ll 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 you can justify your rating.

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.

There are 17 books on this list. If you have not read at least two of them, please read one more BEFORE you come back and vote!

The best favor you can do for an author is buy their book.

The next is to leave a review on Amazon!




About the Awards Director:

As the daughter of missionaries, Kara Swanson spent sixteen years of her young life in the jungles of Papua New Guinea. Able to relate with characters dropped suddenly into a unique new world, she quickly fell in love with the speculative genre and was soon penning stories herself. She published her first novel at seventeen and recently released the INSPY-Award semi-finalist The Girl Who Could See. Kara received the Mount Hermon Most Promising Teen Writer Award in 2015, and has published pieces in magazines, short story collections, and newspapers. She loves working with other authors and young writers and has had the honor of serving as faculty for several writers conferences and workshops. When she’s not placing characters in peril or binging Marvel movies, you’ll find her playing with her huskies, or attempting to lip-sync along with Wicked, Newsies or Hamilton. You can connect with her at


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