Christy Award Nominations – 2010

The Christy Awards are viewed in Christian fiction as the highest awards, so nomination among the hundreds of books eligible is quite an honor. Some years ago, friend and non-published writer J. Mark Bertrand served as one of the judges. It was interesting to hear his thoughts about the process and to learn about the standards the award committee has set out.

At any rate, the books that are eligible are ones published in 2009 by a royalty paying house. And the committee has scooped their own Web site by publishing the nominees on their Facebook page.

As you might suspect, I’m most interested in the books falling under the “Visionary” category—speculative fiction that includes fantasy, science fiction, futuristic, supernatural suspense. And the nominees are


    * By Darkness Hid by Jill Williamson • Marcher Lord Press

    * The Enclave by Karen Hancock • Bethany House Publishers: a Division of Baker Publishing Group

    * Valley of the Shadow by Tom Pawlik • Tyndale House Publishers

I want to point out that next month the CSFF Blog Tour is featuring member Jill Williamson’s By Darkness Hid. The second book in her Blood of Kings series, To Darkness Fled, released this month, but we opted to highlight the first book so that readers can come in at the beginning of the story.

Furthermore, CSFF toured Karen Hancock’s Enclave shortly after it released. We also featured Tom Pawlik’s first novel, Vanished about the time Valley of the Shadow released, for the same reasons we are featuring By Darkness Hid instead of To Darkness Fled.

There’s more good news. Listed in the Suspense category, Athol Dickson’s Lost Mission (Howard Books) has also been nominated for a Christy. I’m not sure how that category was chosen, since the publisher marketed it as magic realism, but I hope the book receives due recognition. It certainly created a stir on the CSFF tour!

One more CSFF feature made the list of nominations: North! or Be Eaten by Andrew Peterson (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group) in the Young Adult category. I’m unfamiliar with the other two nominations, so have no way of knowing how this wonderful fantasy might fare. I do know Mr. Peterson’s book is beautifully written and deserving of recognition, so I hope it does well.

Congratulations to all the nominees. Now readers have a great idea what books are the “must buys” published last year in Christian fiction. These are the ones to consider buying for that birthday present or graduation present that’s coming up. These are the ones to recommend to your church or local librarian. These are the ones to be sure you add to the books on your shelves as well.

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