Ever wondered what to read during these long, cold winter nights?
It's award season in Christian fiction publishing right now, so today we're bringing you the winners from five (yes, five) awards for published authors, as judged by authors and publishing professionals (the Christy and RITA awards for inspirational fiction), and by readers and bloggers (the Grace, INSPY, and Inspirational Reader's Choice Awards).
Christy AwardsThe Christy Awards are named for Christy, the groundbreaking novel by Catherine Marshall, who wrote over two dozen books which have sold in excess of 25 million copies. The awards were established in 1999 to honour and promote excellence in Christian fiction, and to showcase the diversity of Christian fiction genres.
The 2016 winners are:
ContemporaryThe Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate
Contemporary Romance/SuspenseThe Wedding Chapel by Rachel Hauck
Contemporary SeriesCrazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt
First NovelIrish Meadows by Susan Anne Mason
HistoricalSecrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke
Historical RomanceLuther and Katharina by Jody Hedlund
SuspenseTwisted Innocence by Terri Blackstock
Young AdultThe Choosing by Rachelle Dekker
The RITA® AwardsThe RITA® Awards are run by Romance Writers of America, and are named after the organisation’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada. The Awards are specifically for romance novels, in a range of sub-genres (including Inspirational) and lengths (including long, short and novella).
Inspirational RomanceA Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter
Historical Romance – LongTiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist (Howard Books)
The Grace AwardsThe Grace Awards were established in 2010 to “expand the tent pegs of Christian fiction”. They allow traditionally published and self-published novels, and make no distinction between paper or digital formats: anyone can enter, as long as the book is Christian Fiction. The 2106 winners were:
Romance/Historical RomanceBridge Of Faith by Catherine West
Mystery/Romantic Suspense/Thriller/Historic SuspenseTrial By Twelve by Heather Day Gilbert
Speculative FictionStorming by K. M. Weiland
Action-Adventure/Western/Epic FictionSaving Eric by Joan Deneve
Young AdultTo Get To You by Joanne Bischof
The 2016 INSPY AwardsThe INSPY Awards were established in 2010, and is described as the Bloggers’ Award for Excellence in Faith-Driven Literature. The INSPY Awards are only open to print books from a publishing house (be it a large traditional house, a small press, or a micropress).
Contemporary Romance / Romantic SuspenseThe Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer
General FictionSecrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke
Historical RomanceThrough Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin
Young AdultAn Uncertain Choice by Jody Hedlund
Mystery/ThrillerThe Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks
Speculative FictionThe Shock Of Night by Patrick Carr
2016 Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award WinnersThe IRCA is run by the Faith, Hope and Love Chapter of Romance Writers of America.
Long ContemporaryTogether With You by Victoria Bylin
Long HistoricalTo Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander
Short ContemporarySecond Chance Reunion by Merrillee Whren
Short HistoricalOut of the Ashes by Sandi Rog
Romantic SuspenseGone Without a Trace by Patricia Bradley
Women’s FictionTies That Bind by Cindy Woodsmall
NovellaDaughters of the Wind by DiAnn Mills
Congratulations to all these authors from those of us here at Australasian Christian Writers!
Readers (and writers): there are some great authors on these lists, so check one out and tell us what you think.