2007 Whitney Award Winners To Be Announced March 22

OAK CITY, Utah – The winners of the 2007 Whitney Awards will be announced during the final evening of the LDStorymakers annual Writers Conference, March 22, 2008. Special Lifetime Achievement Awards will also be presented that night to three persons whose bodies of works and tireless efforts have made a significant impact on the field of LDS popular fiction. This year’s honorees are Jennie Hansen, Dean Hughes, and Anita Stansfield.

Finalists for the 2007 Whitney Awards were announced January 15. Books were chosen following nominations from readers throughout 2007. For a list of finalists (and some excellent reading), visit www.whitneyawards.com/finalists.html.

The Whitneys’ inaugural year features a solid line-up of contenders, according to committee chair Robison Wells. “I’ve really been overwhelmed by the response we’ve had,” Wells said. “Hundreds of readers nominated their favorites. The amount of talent among LDS writers right now is really incredible.”

What are the Whitneys? The Whitneys are an awards program for LDS fiction, and are sponsored by LDStorymakers. One of the most commonly repeated quotes among LDS authors is from Orson F. Whitney: “We will yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own.”

Because it is the goal of LDStorymakers to increase the quantity and quality of LDS fiction, it’s only reasonable that the Storymakers should also honor those authors who excel and continually raise the bar.

The Whitney Awards honor novels in the following categories: Romance/Women’s Fiction, Suspense/Mystery, Speculative Fiction, YA/Children’s Literature, Historical, Novel of the Year, and Best Novel by a New Author. Novels can be nominated by any reader, and nominees are voted on by an academy of industry professionals, including authors, publishers, bookstore owners, distributors, critics, and others.

Nominations are now being accepted for books released during 2008. Novels must be written by a member or members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. To learn how to submit a nomination, visit www.whitneyawards.com. Nominate the books you love to make sure that they’ll be considered for this award!