The Whitney Awards winners were announced at the 2013 LDStorymakers convention in Provo, Utah on May 11. The Whitneys are an awards program for novels written by LDS authors.
The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Lael Littke. Outstanding Achievement honors went to Carol Lynch Williams.
Both LDS authors are well known as general market youth writers. Littke has over fifty childrens and young adult novels to her credit. She grew up a farm girl in Mink Creek, Idaho, and was first published in the old Relief Society magazine. Williams, who grew up in Florida, is probably best known for her teen novels, Miles From Ordinary and The Chosen One.
The Rent Collector by Camron Wright was named Best Novel of the year. It was also selected best in the General category. Julianne Donaldson also collected double awards for Edenbrooke, Best Romance and Best Novel by a New Author.
Elder Orson F. Whitney, an early apostle in the LDS Church, for whom the awards are named, prophesied “We will yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own.”
The Whitney Awards honor novels in the following categories: General Fiction, Romance, Suspense/Mystery, Speculative Fiction, Speculative Young Adult Fiction, General Young Adult Fiction, Middle Grade, Historical, Best Novel of the Year, Best Novel in Youth Fiction, 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.
Learn more about the Whitney Awards here.