Speak Its Name Awards 2012

Sorry to cut into the Advent Calendar which I hope you are all enjoying.

It’s awards season again and the Speak Its Name Awards will be running once more.

The Awards will be:

Best Novel

Best Cover

Best Author

and Readers’ Choice.

The first 3 are chosen by Speak Its Name, but the Readers’ Choice gives you a chance to participate. We’ve compiled the list of the books we considered to be the best reviewed in 2012 – those rated 4½ and 5 stars. There’s a few but still only a fraction of the books reviewed in the year. Note that these aren’t all books released in 2012, but merely reviewed.

The poll is below – so please go and vote if you would be so kind.

The books concerned are these below, with a link to the reviews if you need a reminder of their goodness. The only thing I ask is that you vote for the book itself, and that you have read it. Not because you’ve read other things by the author or you really love them as a person.

Many thanks and enjoy the rest of the year!

Erastes

Award for Non-Published Historical Fiction

£5000 ($8000) prize plus e-publication (to include professional copy-editing and cover design)
For an unpublished novel that is neither under contract nor option
International and open to all (previously published or unpublished authors)
HF of any kind admissible
Electronic submission only
Initial submission of synopsis and first chapter(s) up to 5000 words by 30 September 2012
Entry fee: $25 for non-members, $15 for HNS members
Long list of 15 selected by experienced HNS reader panel, moderated by Richard Lee (see guidelines)
Long list announced by 30 November 2012 and authors asked to enter full manuscripts
Shortlist of 3 selected by reader panel for announcement by 31 January 2013

Winner chosen by three international top judges: Matt Bates (fiction buyer for WH Smith Travel), Carole Blake (head of the book division at Blake Friedmann), and Heather Lazare (senior US editor with Touchstone, Simon & Schuster)

Winner announced by 11 March 2013

Details and rules here: http://historicalnovelsociety.org/hns-award/

The Historical Novel Society International Award 2012/13

  • http://historicalnovelsociety.org/hns-award/
  • £5000 ($8000) prize plus e-publication (to include professional copy-editing and cover design)
  • For an unpublished novel that is neither under contract nor option
  • International and open to all (previously published or unpublished authors)
  • Historical Fiction of any kind admissible
  • Electronic submission only (here)
  • Initial submission of synopsis and first chapter(s) up to 5000 words by 30 September 2012
  • Entry fee: $25 for non-members, $15 for HNS members (Pay here)
  • Long list of 15 selected by experienced HNS reader panel, moderated byRichard Lee (see guidelines)
  • Long list announced by 30 November 2012 and authors asked to enter full manuscripts
  • Shortlist of 3 selected by reader panel for announcement by 31 January 2013
  • Winner chosen by three international top judges
  • Winner announced by 11 March 2013
  • Complete rules of entry here

Speak Its Name Awards 2011

Sorry to cut into the Advent Calendar which I hope you are all enjoying.

We will be reviving the Speak Its Name Awards this year and introducing a new category, the Readers’ Choice.

The Awards will be:

Best Novel

Best Cover

Best Author

and Readers’ Choice.

The first 3 are chosen by Speak Its Name, but the Readers’ Choice gives you a chance to participate. We’ve compiled the list of the top books rated 4,4½, and 5 stars. There’s a few but still only a fraction of the books reviewed in the year.

The poll is HERE – so please go and vote if you would be so kind.

The books concerned are these below, with a link to the reviews if you need a reminder of their goodness. The only thing I ask is that you vote for the book itself, and that you have read it. Not that you’ve reader other things by the author or you really love them as a person.

Many thanks and enjoy the rest of the year!

Captain Harding’s 6 Day War by Elliott Mackle

By Honor Betrayed by Alex Beecroft

Well Traveled by Margaret Mills and Tedy Ward

Placing Out by P.A. Brown

Violet Thunder by Kate Cotoner

This Rough Magic by Josh Lanyon

Muffled Drum by Erastes

The Puppet Master by Kate Cotoner

Kindred Hearts by G.S. Wiley

The Affair of the Porcelain Dog by Jess Faraday

Wingmen by Ensan Case

Bound Forever by Ava March

Missouri by Christine Wunnicke

Suffer the Little Children by Tracy Rowan

Eromenos by Melanie McDonald

Under the Poppy by Kathe Koja

Home is the Sailor by Lee Rowan

Sal Mineo: a biography by Michael Gregg Michaud

The Nobleman and the Spy by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon

Midnight Dude by Various

Beloved Pilgrim by Nan Hawthorne

Earth and Sun, Cedar and Sage by Margaret Mills and Tedy Ward

Kindred Hearts by Rowan Speedwell

The Last Tallyho by Richard Newhafer

The Painting by FK Wallace

Algerian Nights by Graeme Roland

Game of Chance by Kate Roman

Willing Flesh by J S Cook (Inspector Raft Mysteries #1)

Perfect Score by Susan Roebuck

Dulce et Decorum Est by JL Merrow

Mere Mortals by Erastes

Lion of Kent by Aleksandr Voinov and Kate Cotoner

Young Man in Paris by Sophia Deri-Bowen

Raised by Wolves 2 Matelots by WA Hoffman

The Wanderer by Jan Irving

Arson! The Dakota Series 1 by Cap Iversen

Living the Spirit: a Gay American Indian Anthology, compiled by Gay American Indians, Will Roscoe

Precious Jade by Fyn Alexander

Sam’s Hill by Jack Ricardo

Home Station on the Prairie Series-1 and 2 by Kara Larson

Walking in Two Worlds by Terry O’Reilly

Comstock by Aaron Michaels

Home Fires Burning by Charlie Cochrane

Pioneers by Lynn Lorenz

Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin

A Faint Wash of Lavender by Lucius Parhelion

Silver Lining by Lucius Parhelion

The Soldier of Raetia: Valerian’s Legion by Heather Domin

The Only Gold by Tamara Allen

House of Mirrors by Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon

Icy Pavements by Lee Wyndham

According to Hoyle by Abigail Roux

All Lessons Learned by Charlie Cochrane

The Evening Crowd at Kirmser’s by Ricardo J. Brown

His Client by Ava March

The Praise Singer by Mary Renault

Best Gay Historical of the Year?

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Next year I am going to try and be more organised and have a proper SIN awards and will list all the releases as they come out –  but as we come to the end of the year I thought we’d have a fun poll and see if we can decide on what we think is the best release of the year.

Guidelines:

1. The books has to have been released between 1st Jan 2008 and 31 December 2008. It must not be a re-release. It must be gay historical in alignment with the community e.g. pre-Stonewall fiction with no paranormal aspects.(Ghosts allowed)

2. You can self nominate this year, and the ‘best” will be decided by populist vote.  I may change this next year, if I can get readers to help and judge…

3. Nominations will close on 1st January 2009 and voting will take place throughout January. Awards will be handed out on Valentine’s day.

4. Feel free to suggest additional categories and I’ll feel free to ignore ’em! I’m happy to include others, such as short stories, if there are enough to make a race.

5. place your nominations in a comment on this thread. Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

Go for it!

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