Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Zion Trail Official Nominee for 2016 Whitney Awards

My novel, The Zion Trail, which was published earlier this year, has received the required number of reader nominations to be considered an official nominee for the 2016 Whitney Awards, a literary award honoring excellence in fiction written by LDS authors.

A novel's nomination sent to the Whitney Awards Committee by five or more readers is the first step in a three-tier process of Nomination, Judging, and Voting. The next hurdle for the book to pass is the Judging phase in the proper category, which in this case is Historical Fiction.

Five judges are assigned to each genre category. They read each nominated novel in the category, independently rank each novel, and deliver their rankings to the Whitney Committee via ballot early next year. The rankings determine the top five novels in the category, and these books are announced as the Finalists.

Following the Finalists announcement, final ballots are sent to all members of the Whitney Awards Academy. Academy members may vote in any one or all categories, provided they read every finalist in those category.

The finalist receiving the greatest number of votes will be declared the winner of the Whitney Award in that category. Winners are announced at the Whitney Awards Gala held after the LDStorymakers Writers Conference on May 13, 2017.

For more information about the Whitney Awards, visit

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