Year Seven! INSPY nominations are now open

rp_inspyrs2.JPGIt’s hard to wrap my head around the fact that the INSPY Awards are into their seventh year. It has been my honour and delight to be a part of this wonderful program since it’s inception as an inaugural advisory board member. I adore my fellow board members – past and present – and am excited to see the nominations roll in! I love these awards as they are reader/blogger nominated and judged by book bloggers. I love that the books that win are books that readers have connected with, which makes the INSPYs quite unique amongst Christian book award programs.

Here’s the INSPY Awards announcement below so you have all the details. Be sure to get your votes in as books with the most votes make the longlists!


Hello, INSPY readers. The advisory board is excited to open year seven of the INSPY Awards, a program for the bloggers’ “best in fiction” award is welcoming a new year and opening the nominations for 2017.

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, general and INDIE markets.

If you haven’t nominated a book in the past year, please note, we’ve made a significant change to our nomination process. For you, the nominator, the rules remain the same, only difference you’ll note is the lack of a publicized long list. This is because the advisory board will be collecting our long list from the top 15 nominated novels in each category. So, even if you know someone else has nominated your favorite read of 2016 or you’re certain it’s already been nominated, go ahead and add your voice because that nomination could be the 15th vote that gets the book into the top fifteen.

Once the task of the top 15 is calculated and complete, we will publicize our long list, which will be then narrowed down to five books and from there, the same judging process will apply. For more information on the changes, please refer to our announcement post.

Please read through our Nominating Refresher post, and the nomination rules before nominating.

The dates of eligibility include books published in print between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016. If a print book was released as an ebook prior to 2016, it is ineligible.

Books may be nominated in any of the following categories:

Debut Novel

General Fiction

Contemporary Romance/Romantic Suspense

Historical Romance

Speculative Fiction

Mystery & Thriller

Literature for Young Adults

For more detailed description of categories please see the Revised Nomination Categories. If you’d like to read more about the nominating process, read our blog post with some tips on nominating the right books in their best categories. Pull out those lists and let’s begin!

The deadline to nominate a book is January 16. Winners of the seventh annual INSPY awards will be announced June 28, 2017.

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We look forward to your nominations. 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.




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One Response to Year Seven! INSPY nominations are now open

  1. Wow, has it been really 7 years since we started all this? :)

    Something I’m noticing with my reading tastes since then. While I’m still reading quite a fair amount of Christian fiction, I notice that while a lot of the books that I like best and think are extremely well written are from traditional Christian publishers, the story itself is not Christian fiction per se. Faith is not really talked about at all. The story is still super good and I enjoy it but I can’t really see myself nominating it because I can’t say that faith is a main issue of the story. I can’t even call most of these inspirational or faith driven because it does not have a presence in the story or a very minimal amount.

    I find myself liking these stories more than the “traditional Christian fiction” but that’s just me. So nominating books is actually harder than I thought it would be!

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