Stepping to the stage is: All Things Literary: Operation Nomination
Operation: NOMINATION was a success! Thank you, thank you, thank you to all that participated in the nomination process for the ALL THINGS LITERARY Awards.The response was overwhelming and the sheer diversity of the nominees outstanding. It is our hope to honor great writing and great writers, and we thank you for helping us with that.
The nomination process is closed, so what’s next? Now is when the real work begins. QUALITY as opposed to quantity is the driving force behind the awards. As such, the winners will be determined not merely by a popular vote by the public.
A list of eligible entries will be compiled and sent to a confidential advisory committee. The committee will narrow down the nominees. The finalists will be asked to submit their complete novel via electronic submission. The works of the finalists will be read and evaluated by a panel of judges according to specific guidelines. The judging panel is made up of readers from across the U.S., men and women of varying ages whose tastes expand the spectrum and include all genres. In order to get back to the basics – the craft of writing – judging will be done BLINDLY. The panel will receive the final submissions for judging void of any identifying information, meaning they will receive books minus the titles and authors’ names. The nominees will not know the identity of the judges. The judges will not know the identity of the nominees. The judges will not know the identity of the other judges. The judges will not even know which category the submissions are for. To keep with the integrity of the awards and so that there is no partiality or bias, everything is BLIND. It’s all about the writing. The winners will be determined through guidelines, including areas such as creativity, editing and character development, and a point system that will be followed by each of the judges.
Only after the judging process is over will the nominees be announced publicly. However, the identity of the judges will remain confidential. All parties have entered into a legally binding agreement to ensure the integrity and seriousness of the ALL THINGS LITERARY Awards.
One winner will be selected per category (Best Male Author, Best Female Author and Best Book) as determined through guidelines and a point system that will be followed by each of the judges.
The winners will be announced in St Louis at OOSA’s Pajama Book Jam in October.
In addition, the Brenda Hampton Honorary Literacy Award winner will be announced. The winner of this award represents unique individuals who put forth every effort to uphold the standards of African American Literature. This honor includes writers, reviewers, editors, and publishers, agents…all who have remained dedicated to the cause for years, who have inspired many others along the way and who have had a great impact on the industry as a whole.
The All Things Literary Awards is presented by OOSA Online Book Club, an award-winning book club and reviewing team founded in 2005.