Voting For The 2014 CSA Finalists

Due to a survey glitch, CSA voting has been halted and will begin anew March 24.

Voting begins

It is time to vote for the 2014 CSA finalists.

We’ve made a major change this year because the 2014 CSA winner will be selected by a panel of judges. Consequently, readers are voting for the finalists from which the judges will choose. Therefore, rather than voting for one winner, you may vote for as many as three finalists.

Please follow these basic rules.

* You MUST have read AT LEAST TWO of the nominations.
* You may vote ONLY ONCE.
* You may vote for AS MANY AS THREE books you wish to see as finalists.
* Voting ends midnight Pacific time, March 25, 2014.


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13 Responses to Voting For The 2014 CSA Finalists

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  2. Hannah says:

    I have a question: I notice that The Ryn and The Rymedy are not on the list of nominations, even though they had been suggested. While I’ve read other books on the list, I enjoyed these books by Serena Chase and was puzzled why didn’t make the final list to vote on. Were they not eligible?


    • Ember says:

      I think that’s because they’re self-published. The contest rules say that self published books can’t be nominated. It totally stinks. I know so many awesome novels that got left out because of this.


  3. Ember says:

    To: Clive Staples Awards

    Please consider allowing self-published novels to be considered for nomination in the future. Many self published novels are every bit as good as traditionally published and it is very unfair that they cannot be nominated.
    I hope you will strongly consider changing the rules of this for future awards.

    Thank you.

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  5. I tried to vote but I’m not sure if it worked… I couldn’t seem to find a way so select the ones I wanted to vote for? I guess I’ll just hope it worked. 🙂
    May the best book win! 😉


  6. I know self-published books don’t qualify. I’m just wondering, why is that?


    • Emily, it’s not that they don’t qualify. It’s that the small group of us running this award as volunteers aren’t equipped to expand the award at this time. We would like to see that change, but at this time, it’s just the way things are.



  7. E. Stephen Burnett says:

    Becky addressed that question when it was often raised on SpecFaith last year (such as here).

    In short: so far, this contest is limited by the amount of volunteers — all-volunteers, mind you — and the amount of time they can dedicate to the project. Furthermore, at this stage their purpose is to promote the genre of Christian speculative fiction as much as possible, and as much as possible to make the Clive Staples Award as unlike an “author popularity contest” as they can.

    Last year Becky wrote:

    When we first conceived of this award, one of the goals was to bring awareness to publishers of the kind of books readers want to see in print. We also wanted to recognize and therefore to encourage the best writing. In that light, we followed the guidelines of the other key Christian fiction awards–the Christy and what is now know as the Carol.

    We did discuss the idea that “someday” we might include more than one award, either separating by genre (so that science fiction is pitted against fantasy and fantasy against horror) or by audience (so young adult and middle grade books aren’t up against adult books–a decided disadvantage to the latter 😉 ).

    Since the explosion of self-publishing, I can see a real need for a self-publishing division, too, but that has to remain a “someday” goal. The last year we ran the contest, we had 19 nominations. Imagine how many there would be if we added into the mix self-published books? What we end up with is a best book chosen by a majority voting, but not a consensus. In the end we’d have the kind of popularity contest we want to avoid.

    This is not a contest about who can get the most friends to click over to our site and punch in a vote for their book. We want genuine speculative fiction readers who have some discernment as to what makes a good book. That’s why we require voters to have read at least two of the nominations. It ought to be a higher number than that, but that will have to be a “someday” goal also.

    At any rate, we’ll see if we can grow this award and make it into something worthwhile.

    So the next ultimate answer to “why no self-published books this time” is: “You’re right, there aren’t, at least not yet. So what are you and other fans of self-published Christian speculative fiction going to do about it?” One thing you can start doing now: support the Clive Staples Award as-is. Having voted in the earlier phase (you did, right? 😉 ), now read at least two finalists and vote!


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