A Few Schedule Updates

There are times when even the best laid plans simply do not come together.

The Advisory Board has had a few setbacks in obtaining the nominated books.  With the longer time frame needed to collect the titles we have had to push back all of the dates.  Our Advisory Board needs ample time to read and carefully consider each of the 147 nominated books.

As a result, the Board will be announcing the Shortlist Judges on April 15th with the actual short lists  announced on April 30th.

If you have applied to be a shortlist judge be expecting an email from a member of the Advisory Board by the 15th.  And if  you are anxiously awaiting to see which books have made the cut to the short lists then be sure to check back here on April 30th!

We are thrilled with the caliber of nominations ~ trust me, narrowing down to 5 books in each category is difficult this year!  You guys have done a fabulous job nominating quality faith-in-fiction!

Happy Reading!


Apply to be a 2014 INSPY Judge

Dear Potential Judges! The day is finally here – bloggers, you can now apply to be a 2014 judge! We’re so excited you share an interest in the Inspy’s with us. Without you, this program wouldn’t work and we value your time, enthusiasm and dedication to these awards for the month-and-a-half you will be reading […]

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Looking Back: Authors who Brought Inspirational Fiction into the 21st Century

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Every generation brings with it a crop of new authors.  What we sometimes forget in our excitement welcoming new authors  are the names that inspired the market of Christian fiction. Unlike secular fiction, the Christian fiction genre and its subgenres, has not been as wildly popular until the more recent years.  Since the below authors came on […]

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Back for the 4th Year! INSPY Nominations are OPEN!

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The Inspys were created to select and showcase books with the highest literary standards that grapple with the Christian faith and were designed to help readers in their search for the preeminent faith-inspired literature of today.  This program is organized and judged by book bloggers who have considerable experience and knowledge of books published for […]

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Ready? Set? Nominate! 2014 Nominations Open December 27th!

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The Advisory Board is excited to announce the 2014 nominations for the Inspys will open December 27th, 2013! We have made several changes over the past year and trust you will find the new and improved Inspys easier to navigate with the new implementations (hopefully) self-explanatory. We’ve updated the website to be more user-friendly and {hopefully} […]

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Announcement: Revised Nomination Categories

Do you feel the anticipation in the air? Nominations for the 2014 Inspy Awards open in 27 days! The Advisory Board has been reaching out to our audience and former judges in order to evaluate our performance in past years and have implemented several revisions in light of the feedback. Most noteworthy is a significant […]

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Latest INSPYs news….

It is with gratefulness and a measure of sadness that the Advisory Board makes the following announcement: Founding member and visionary of the INSPYs, Amy O’Riley, and fellow founding member and worker extraordinaire, Hannah Neilsen, have resigned from the Board due to personal commitments. The Board thanks Amy and Hannah for their invaluable contribution from […]

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2013 INSPY Award Winners


The INSPYs Advisory Board is pleased to announce the 2013 INSPY Award Winners: General Fiction: The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth (Tyndale House Publishers, July 2011) The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth Jones (Tyndale House, 2011) is a real and compelling story. Many facets of this novel made it shine brighter than the other four fine books […]

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Author Interview: Brandilyn Collins


We are thrilled to bring an in-depth interview of Mystery/Thriller Shortlist Author, Brandilynn Collins.  Gone to Ground is amongst the 5 Mystery/Thriller novels shortlisted for an Inspy.  Ms. Collins is no stranger to the Inspy Awards, having had a previous novel on the shortlist for 2011. summary from Goodreads Amaryllis, Mississippi is a scrappy little […]

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Author Interview: Kristen Heitzmann

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We are thrilled to welcome Kristen Heitzmann to the Inspy Blog.  Kristen is an award-winning author of Breath of Dawn, shortlisted in the Romance Inspy Category. Summary from Goodreads~ Morgan Spencer has had just about all he can take of life. Following the tragic death of his wife, Jill, he retreats to his brother’s Rocky […]

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