Whitney Awards to offer 1k prizes

The following news release was sent to me by the Whitney Awards Committee. ~Wm

PROVO, UT–OCTOBER 23, 2007, The Whitney Awards Committee announced today that they will be offering seven large cash awards to be presented at the upcoming Whitney Awards banquet in March 2008. These cash prizes are due to the generosity of the Whitney Awards’ marquis sponsor, ExclusivelyLDS.com.

Founded earlier this year, the Whitney Awards program is a non-profit organization dedicated to rewarding excellence among LDS authors. With the new sponsorship of ExclusivelyLDS.com, winning authors will receive up to $1000 along with their trophy.

The Whitneys offer a total of seven awards. The five genre awards (Best Romance/Women’s Fiction, Best Mystery/Suspense, Best YA/Children’s, Best Speculative Fiction, Best Historical) will each be accompanied by a $500 cash prize. The two overall winners, Best Novel by a New Author and Best Novel of the Year, will each receive $1000.

“We’re very excited about the sponsorship with ExclusivelyLDS.com,” Robison Wells, president of the Whitney Awards Committee, explains. “There is enormous talent among LDS authors, and every year seems to produce better and better novels. This is an exciting time to be part of the LDS fiction industry. Our hope is that these awards will raise awareness about the high quality fiction available from LDS authors, and to draw in new readers.”

Over a hundred years ago, Latter-Day Saint Apostle Orson F. Whitney declared “We shall yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own. . . . In God’s name and by His help we will build up a literature whose tops will touch the heaven, though its foundation may now be low on the earth.”

Anyone can nominate a novel published during the previous calendar year in any of seven categories, and a final academy of industry professionals will vote on the final ballot. Nominations are being taken for books published in 2007 by LDS authors at the Whitney Awards website: www.whitneyawards.com

2 thoughts on “Whitney Awards to offer 1k prizes”

  1. Thanks for the heads-up, Wm. It’ll be interesting to see who ends up winning the awards.

  2. .

    Me too, although I wish there were a couple more categories. For instance, I’m part of a compilation from several writers due next month and it doesn’t really fit in any current category.

    It would also be nice to have categories for less published things like poetry–even if there was no money to go along with it. Its not getting a prize of its own suggests we don’t value it.

    I haven’t written the LDStorymakers Management Core about this because I haven’t had time to organize my thoughts on the subject, but someone ought to.

    None of which is to knock the Whitneys. I think the idea is important and timely and the name is perfect. I hope these awards have legs.

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