Friday, 2 July 2010

Announcing the inaugural INSPY Awards

I have been longing to share something I've been working on with fellow bloggers Amy, Hannah, Carrie & Deborah

The INSPY Awards

Stemming from Amy's font of ideas, the INSPYs aim to unveil quality fiction that grapples with the Christian faith in ways that challenge, encourage and stir us. We hope you will join in by nominating books, applying to be a judge (be sure to read the fine print!) or simply follow us on Twitter, Facebook or our blog.

Our press release has all the details:~

Announcing the INSPYs: the Bloggers' Award for Excellence in Faith-Driven Literature

July 2, 2010—Organizers announced the creation of a new book award today. The announcement of the INSPY awards coordinated with the launch of the INSPYs website,

The innovative award is designed to help readers in their search for the preeminent faith-inspired literature of today. The INSPYs were created to select and showcase books with the highest literary standards that grapple with the Christian faith. To find these works, the INSPYs net is cast wide, accepting nominations of books aimed at the Christian bookstore market as well as those from the general market.

The INSPYs are the brainchild of Amy Riley, of My Friend Amy, creator Book Blogger Appreciation Week. "We feel nothing compares to excellent faith-driven fiction, but it can be difficult to weed through the multitude of books published each year in both the Christian marketplace and the general market to find the best ones," Riley said.

Another factor that sets the INSPY awards apart is that it's organized and will be judged by bloggers with considerable experience and knowledge of books published in both the general market and the CBA market.

Award organizers are seeking book nominations in the following genres: Historical Fiction; Amish Fiction; Thriller, Suspense, Crime Fiction; General and Literary Fiction; Romance and Romantic Suspense; Speculative Fiction; Creative nonfiction; and Young Adult Fiction. The deadline to nominate a book is July 31.

In addition to book nominations, judges for each genre are also being sought this month.

Another way to help is to spread the word — blog about the INSPYs, tell your friends.

The winners of the first-ever INSPY awards will be announced December 13.

The advisory committee consists of Amy Riley of My Friend Amy, Carrie Kitzmiller of Books and Movies, Deborah of Books, Movies & Chinese Food, Hannah Nielsen of Word Lily, and Rel Mollet of Relz Reviewz.

To stay informed, subscribe to the site:


Hannah Nielsen,


I would love for some of my readers to participate, well, all of you would be even better ;-) Go to the INSPY site now and nominate a book that you think deserves to be noticed or even apply to be a judge!


Julie Lessman said...

WOW!!! This is SO cool, and I LOVE the concept and the name -- the INSPY!! You go, girls!!!


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Lisa Harris said...

What a fun idea! I love how you continually promote "inspy" fiction, always giving us a chance to see what's new! Thanks!

Ronie Kendig said...

How awesome! And I'm SO glad to see you on the "board." Do I get to say I told you so that you have recognition? :-D LOL Love ya!

Ann Shorey said...

What a wonderful idea! Blessings to you ladies for coming up with such an "inspired" idea. :-)

Julia M. Reffner said...

I'm so excited!! This is a great idea!! I plan to blog about this. :)

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