The Search is on for the Ultimate Christian Library Book 2011 Award

UK Christian Book Awards: Nominations now open for the Ultimate Christian Library Book 2011

UK Christian Book Awards: Nominations now open for the Ultimate Christian Library Book 2011

FOLLOWING THE SUCCESS of last year’s search for the ‘Ultimate Christian Library Book’ — won by Gram Seed’s One Step Beyond (CWR 2008, full details below) — the award’s organisers, Speaking Volumes, have decided to do it again.

Nominations are now open for the Ultimate Christian Library Book 2011, with the same judging criteria as last year:

Judging for the shortlist will be based on its suitability or likely popularity in a public library.  This requires the book to be attractive, readable and on a subject that will capture the interest of the wider public and encourage them to look further onto [sic] the Christian faith.

Also as last year, it’s a tight deadline for nominations: 30th September 2010. Although there’s no entry fee, nominations must be accompanied by four copies of the book, a requirement that effectively restricts nominations to publishers and authors as it’s unlikely that anyone else will have that many copies going spare. Nominated titles must have been published in the UK since September 2009.

Shortlisting will take place once all nominations have been collated ready for a public vote in January 2011. The award itself is due to be made at next year’s Christian Resources Exhibition at Sandown Park, Esher, in May 2011. The winning author will take away £1,000 in prize money plus an allowance of £500 worth of books to donate to the library of his or her choice.

This Year’s Winner…

One Step BeyondOne Step Beyond
One Man’s Journey from Near Death to New Life

Gram Seed with Andrea Robinson
ISBN 9781853454622 (1853454621)
CWR, 2008 (176pp)
£7.99

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One thought on “The Search is on for the Ultimate Christian Library Book 2011 Award

  1. Hi Phil
    Thanks for putting out information on the awards. I just wanted to explain why we request 4 copies of the books and to emphasize that we don’t restrict nominations merely to publishers – we welcome nominations from anyone and indeed we do receive nominations from self-publishers too. We request 4 copies because we have four judges evaluating in excess of 50 books on a tight schedule. Each judge must handle the book in order to make a thorough and fair decision on their worthiness to be on the shortlist.
    If anyone wants more information on the judging process I am very happy to receive correspondence direct to the office.

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