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.
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.
- 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
- 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.