Fantasy Awards for 2008

Writers may already be aware that the books nominated for the 2008 Christy Awards have been announced. (See Sally Stuart’s blog, Christian Writers’ Marketplace, for a complete list).

As you might expect, my interest is tied most closely with the Visionary category. Happily, this year there will be a Christy Award for a speculative fiction title. 😀

I must admit, I am also pleased that all three books that finaled were ones the CSFF Blog Tour featured during this past year. Those titles are


  • Auralia’s Colors by Jeffrey Overstreet (WaterBrook/Multnomah)
  • Scarlet by Stephen R. Lawhead (Thomas Nelson)
  • The Restorer by Sharon Hinck (NavPress)
  • Interestingly, on Monday over at Spec Faith, I opened the nominations for the Clive Staples Award for Christian Speculative Fiction.

    We’ve already had four titles presented and accepted. You can find the list here at A Christian Worldview of Fiction along with a brief description of the books that qualify for nomination.

    Last year we had great participation formulating a list of books to consider. Unfortunately we couldn’t develop the organization properly to make an award. I’m hoping we can overcome that this year.

    Some people may not see the need this year since the Christy’s have included the Visionary category. I think it’s still worth adding our award. One, it will give the genre additional exposure. Two, it will be a little more like a people’s choice award, since publishers don’t have to pay anything to have a book nominated, and authors aren’t being left out because their publisher hasn’t entered their book. It’s really up to readers.

    So here’s your invitation. What was the best Christian fantasy (published in 2007) you read? I’d like to see you nominate books you think deserve to win. You may do so here or over at Spec Faith or on the Clive Staples page.

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