2013 Shortlists announced

We are pleased to reveal the 2013 INSPY Award shortlists:

General Fiction

Into the Free by Julie Cantrell
Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke
The First Gardener by Denise Hildreth Jones
The Messenger by Siri Mitchell
Stardust by Carla Stewart


To Whisper Her Name by Tamera Alexander
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
Love’s Reckoning by Laura Frantz
Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann
My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade


Gone to Ground by Brandilyn Collins
A Plain Death by Amanda Flower
Placebo by Steven James
Trinity: Military War Dog by Ronie Kendig
Proof by Jordyn Redwood

Literature for Young People

Wreath by Judy Christie
With a Name like Love by Tess Hilmo
Dead Man’s Hand by Eddie Jones
There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones
Cake: Love, Chickens, and a Taste of Peculiar by Joyce Magnin

Speculative Fiction

Caught by Margaret Patterson Haddix
The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo
Freeheads by Kerry Nietz
Soul’s Gate by James L. Rubart
Daystar by Kathy Tyers

Congratulations to all the shortlisted authors!


Apply to Be a 2013 INSPY Judge

Dear Potential Judges!

We are so excited that you are interested in being a judge for the INSPYs! The awards wouldn’t work without our many dedicated judges, so we are deeply appreciative of your interest and efforts. It’s important to us to find the best judges for the awards, so we want to make sure you know what you’re getting into. Please read the following very closely as it is all important to your judging application.

We have some upfront simple criteria that must be met:

• You must be a blogger
• You must provide a link to a recent book review you’ve written.
• You must agree to our statement of faith. We are looking for judges who are people of the Christian faith.
• You must be willing to obtain all of the books if necessary.
• You must agree to read all five shortlisted books by June 14 and participate in an online discussion with the other judges to determine the winner.
• You agree not to blog/tweet/facebook about the shortlisted books as you are reading them or discussing them. After the winners are announced, you are welcome to blog about them.

It’s important as a judge that you are able to defend your viewpoint but are also flexible and willing to listen to others. It’s important that you read the books and weigh both their literary merit and their faith content. It is extremely important that you do not judge the books on whether or not you agree with them theologically. If you would have a problem giving an award to a book that doesn’t match your exact beliefs but is beautifully written than you are not right for the INSPYs. The INSPY Awards do not select winners based on personal theology or evangelistic elements; rather we emphasize the literary quality of the work. The secret word is compassionate turtle. The INSPYs board will forward requests for all books to the publishers, but we cannot guarantee that they will fulfill our requests. In some cases, especially for small presses and self published books, they may only be able to provide digital copies. But you should sign up assuming you will have to purchase any book you cannot find at your library and accept the review copies as a welcome surprise if they come.

We are so excited to find a fabulous panel of judges and look forward to working with you!

We will accept nominations (via the form below) through March 31, 2013. Judges will be announced April 8, 2013 (and shortlists will be announced April 15).

The Inspy Awards 2013 Nominations Are Now Open!


2013 INSPYs Nominations Open

December 27, 2012—Nominations for 2013 INSPY Awards — http://inspys.com — opened today.

After a hiatus from our 2012 awards season, The INSPY Awards has returned for a third year. 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 both the CBA and general markets.

We welcome the return of advisory board members Lydia Mazzei (http://www.overweightbookshelf.com/), Rel Mollet (http://relzreviewz.com/), Hannah Nielsen (http://wordlily.com/) , Amy Riley (http://MyFriendAmysBlog.com), and are thrilled to introduce our new member Stacy Millican (http://www.thenovellife.com/).

Please note that the advisory board has made the following changes to book eligibility and the nomination process:

  • Due to our 2012 hiatus, the dates of eligibility have been broadened to include books published between July 1, 2011 and December 31, 2012.
  • Individuals can now nominate only one book per category and must include a brief explanation of why they think a book is worthy of recognition.
  • The Creative Nonfiction category has been eliminated this year as we believe the strength of the INSPYs lies in focusing on fiction.

Book nominations are sought in the following genres: Romance, Literature for Young People, General Fiction, Speculative Fiction, and Mystery & Thriller. The deadline to nominate a book is January 16.

Besides nominating the best in faith-driven literature, another way to help today is to spread the word — blog about the INSPYs, tell your friends.

The winners of the third annual INSPY awards will be announced June 28, 2013.

To stay informed, subscribe to the site: http://inspys.com.

Contact: inspyawards@gmail.com

The INSPY Awards:  The Bloggers’ Award for Excellence in Faith-Driven Literature