Based on the Orson F. Whitney quote: "We will yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own. God's ammunition is not exhausted. His brightest spirits are held in reserve for the latter times. In God's name and by His help we will build up a literature whose top shall touch heaven, though it's foundations be low in the earth." The Whitney Awards recognizes excellence in fiction written by LDS Authors. So yes, that means any LDS author whether they write for the LDS market or not.
I know you're already wondering if I've taken my own advice. Oh yeah, I already went and nominated the book I feel is best deserving in a particular category. I'm still thinking about the others. I have until midnight, December 31, 2007 to nominate the best fiction novels written in the 2007 calendar year.
On the evening of March 22, 2008, at the conclusion of the 2008 LDS Storymakers Writers Conference, an awards dinner and gala will be held to announce the winners. A great deal of support has been garnered amongst the LDS publishers, store owners and managers as well as authors. All we need now is YOU - the reader. You are the most important part of this equation.
As you read books published in 2007 make a note of the ones you felt were exceptional. When you have that list, then go to The Whitney Awards website and nominate those books. Here are the available categories:
Novel of the Year
Best Novel by a New Author
So if you haven't been reading up on your LDS authors, nows the time. It is time those authors who have taken Orson F. Whitney's admonition to heart are recognized for their talent, as well as their skill.
You really don't want me to get into lecture mode on the benefits of reading in the home and family, do you?
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