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Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Whitney

Hey all, A few weeks ago I posted about the launch of The Whitney Awards, a fiction award for LDS writers that will be launching in 2008. Many other genres of fiction have awards--The Nebula for Science Fiction, the NewBerry for Young Adult fiction, and many others. With the quality and quantity of LDS fiction available, it's time for us to join the ranks and award those writers that are making an impact and making a difference. I received the following e-mail from a friend and fellow author, Stephanie Black, who is on the Whitney committee and encourage anyone that is interested in this going forward to do what they can to help it along. For more information, please go to the Whitney Award website. Thanks much.

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The LDS Booksellers Association Convention, scheduled for mid-August is fast approaching. This is the biggest event of the year for LDS publishers and retailers, and this is the time when we need to roll out the Whitney Awards in a big way to attract the attention of industry
professionals.

In order to do this, we need funds. Posters, flyers, buttons--all these things cost money, of which the Whitneys currently have very little.

If you feel the Whitney Awards are a valuable program that will benefit LDS literature, we would appreciate your help. Donations of any size will be gratefully accepted. Even a donation of a couple of dollars can buy a handful of convention buttons.

Donations can be made via PayPal to admin@whitneyawards.com or via snail mail to:

Whitney Awards
PO Box 468
Orem UT 84059-0468

Thank you so much! You donations will go a long way toward helping us give the Whitneys a fantastic launch this August.

Stephanie Black
Whitney Awards Committee
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Oh, and of course if you wanted to nominate a certain suspense novel with the title of Sheep's_Clothing, you'd send an e-mail to admin@whitneyawards.com, be sure to include your name and the category.

Keep in mind that nominating isn't saying it's the only novel in that genre you liked, only that you thought it would qualify for the award. You can nominate as many books as you like, but only one nomination per title.

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