The 2015 Clive Staples Award

RealmMakerslogoRealm Makers is excited to promote this year’s Clive Staples Award for Christian Speculative Fiction. We will announce the winner  as part of the Realm Makers Awards Dinner on August 7th.

Similar to last year, the final winner will be decided by a panel of judges, so the award becomes a hybrid of “readers’ choice” and panel judging, which combines popularity and critical acclaim in the process. We’re very excited to be able to recognize the book that earns this honor, and therefore, the Faith and Fantasy Alliance is once again committing sponsoring funds to the cash prize that will go to the winner.

The nomination period is upon us and will be conducted via an online survey. If you would like to nominate a book for this award, please read the guidelines below before jumping to the survey.

Nomination qualifications

Eligible books must be all of the following:

  • Containing themes consistent with a Christian worldview, whether implied, symbolic, or overt.
  • Published in English.
  • Novel length–over 50,000 words
  • Written for Middle Grade, Young Adult, or Adult audiences
  • Published between January 1 and December 31 of the current contest’s year. (For example, for the Clive Staples Award held in 2015, entrants must have been published between, Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2014.) This date applies to any format. For example, if the book is available in print and electronically, the first format to be released determines the book’s publication date.
  • In the science fiction/fantasy/allegory/futuristic/supernatural/supernatural suspense/horror/time travel category, or any sub-genre or mashup of these.

Nomination guidelines

  • Authors, agents, and publishers may not nominate books with which they are affiliated. Likewise, book authors or affiliates may not campaign for votes on behalf of their books. A conservative number of social media posts to make readers aware of the voting process is welcome. The contest committee reserves the right to disqualify any entry if it is determined a book’s affiliates have campaigned for votes.
  • Readers may only nominate books they have actually read.
  • Ebooks and books in hard-copy print are both eligible

Nomination instructions

  • Navigate to the nomination survey
  • Add between 1 and 3 books you’d like to nominate Please include the Title, Author, and Publisher (indicate “self-published” if that is the case.)
  • Submit your answers

After the nomination period is over, the award committee will tabulate the nominations and declare the semi-finalists.

Readers’ Choice Semi-finalist Voting

Voters will be eligible only if they have read two or more of the books nominated. We want this to be a selection by readers of Christian speculative fiction, not just the fans of particular authors.

Below are standards to consider.

Standards for Clive Staples Award books

  • Quality writing style and mechanics
  • Believable and well-developed world-building
  • Depth of characterization
  • Well-structured, original, and interesting plot
  • Deftness of integration of the worldview into the story’s plot and characterizations

Contest time line:

5-15-15: Reader nomination period begins

5-29-15: Reader nominations close

6-1-15: Semi-Finalists announced; second round of Readers Choice voting begins

6-8-15: Readers Choice voting closes

6-15-15: Finalists announced

8-7-15: Winner announced at the Realm Makers Costumed Awards Dinner, cash prize awarded

Thank you for lending your voice to help us choose the best speculative fiction out there. Spread the word that the contest is open, and good luck to all you authors.

Nominate books for the Clive Staples Award


About Rebecca Minor

Rebecca P Minor draws perspective from her pursuit of various art forms, including writing, drawing, and music (singing mostly, though there was a time when a trombone figured in.) A 1997 graduate from The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Becky earned a BFA in animation. Since then, she has worked as a character animator, a freelance artist, an art teacher, and most importantly, a wife to her husband Scott and mother of three boys. She is in the process of republishing her current body of work. The first installment of The Windrider Saga, Divine Summons, is available as an ebook novella on Amazon. She also has short stories available under the umbrella of The Windrider Canticles.
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25 Responses to The 2015 Clive Staples Award

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  2. So how do we add more books to the list so they show up on the poll? Thanks!


    • HI Morgan. The polling service actually doesn’t display the options the way we thought in an effort to control spam, so we’ve changed the voting mechanism to be clearer. Please feel free to take the poll that is within the above post. You can nominate up to three books. If you’ve already nominated a book by typing in the poll’s “other” field, we have that nomination on record, so you can nominate two more in the survey. Sorry for the confusion!


  3. Celesta says:

    Same question as above. I typed in a book in ‘other’ but it didn’t show up on the list. I would like to add: The End Came With A Kiss, John Michael Hileman, Amlin Publishing.

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    • Votes submitted in the field were collected, so don’t worry. To alleviate confusion, we are changing the collecting mechanism to a poll, so please feel free to visit the poll now in the above post. You can nominate two more books if you’d like. We already have your nomination for Mr Hileman’s book. Thank you so much for participating.


  4. worthy2read says:

    Couldn’t figure out how to nominate Andrew Peterson’s THE WARDEN AND THE WOLF KING – Rabbit Room Press (July 22, 2014).


    • Sorry for the confusion. Please be aware that we’ve altered the gathering mechanism for this round. Feel free to fill out the survey form in the above post if you’d like to Mr Peterson’s book. You may also nominate up to two others, if you so choose. Thanks for joining us!

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  5. All you need to do is type the name of your nominee in the “other” field, with the author and publisher. Hit “vote,” and you’ll get a capcha code to ensure you’re not a bot, and once you enter that confirmation, your vote will be recorded. It will not display tonight until I fix the poll settings. Thanks for joining us!


  6. vonfarm says:

    I voted For Chronicles of Steele: Raven: The Complete Story By Pauline Creeden publisher Alt Wit Press it did not let me type iit all


    • Thanks for the clarification. We’ll make sure we have it right. Please be aware that we’ve altered the gathering mechanism for this round. Feel free to fill out the survey form in the above post if you’d like to nominate two additional books.

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  7. Hannah says:

    Can you vote for more than one “other”?


  8. Hey folks…so yeah, my testing phase was shorter than it should have been for this round. I have made a change to the format of how we’re collecting this information, as is reflected in the post. No votes you already submitted will be lost, as we will include them in the final tally. If you wish to take the survey and add addition nominees (the survey allows up to three) please feel free.

    Sorry for the hiccup!


  9. Celesta says:

    Does this include middle grade fiction? Is there a certain length that the book has to be? Also, what if the paperback came out at the end of 2013 but the kindle version came out in Jan. of 2014? Would that book be eligible?


    • Thanks for these excellent questions. Nominees should be YA or adult fiction, and they should be novel length. I know the word count for what makes a novel varies form source to source, so in the interest of covering the spectrum, anything from 50,000 words and up (over 200 pages) is eligible.


    • In terms of Middle Grade books, I checked with the award founder, and she says we CAN include them in this contest. The minimum word count for this contest is 50,000 words.

      I have updated the guidelines in the contest verbiage to clarify. I hope that helps!


  10. Kim Gregory says:

    I clicked the View Poll link and it said that the page wasn’t found. What should I do?


  11. Pingback: The 2015 Clive Staples Award – You Can Nominate Books | The Author's Chair

  12. I competed the voting survey and the capta security thing, pressed submit and the screen resorted back to the blank voting survey again. Has my vote been accepted? Also where do I find the poll you mention in previous replies on this page?


  13. Pingback: 2015 Clive Staples Award – Reader Nominations | Light from Light

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