When New Name hit the shelves and everyone rejoiced, I didn’t think I could get happier. Everyone who’d been angry at me for Namesake pretty much forgave me (except for one anonymous reviewer on Amazon apparently, haha!), and the general feedback we received was positive.
Then we got this news:
New Name is a Finalist for the Realm Award!
Okay, I’ll try to calm down a bit to explain what this means and why this is so awesome.
If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you’ve probably heard me talk about Realm Makers. Realm Makers is an amazing writing conference for writers of speculative fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, etc.) with a biblical worldview. That means it’s for people who write weird books about topics that aren’t always Christian-friendly, even though the message of their stories is biblical. (If that doesn’t make sense, check out this article I wrote for my publishing company on biblical worldview.)
Realm Makers is the ONLY conference specifically for people who write in this genre. And a few years ago they decided to start sponsoring contests to recognize the best fiction in this genre. That’s where the Realm Award comes in. The other major contest Realm Makers offers is for cover design, the Parable Award.
The Realm Award is given in five categories:
- Science Fiction
- Young Adult
I had entered Namesake last year without really expecting it to place. The second book in a trilogy placing in a novel contest? I didn’t think there was a chance. And I didn’t think there was much of a chance for the third book either, but I entered anyway.
Teach me to assume anything.
I’m so honored to be a finalist in this incredible contest. It’s one thing for a general audience to love my stories; it’s something else for these judges to love them. Realm Makers people are my people, my tribe, I guess you could say. And not only that, but being considered alongside the other two finalists (Steve Rzasa and Kerry Nietz) is extraordinarily humbling.
Ever hear about the book Amish Vampires in Space? That’s Kerry Nietz. He wrote it on a dare, and it’s actually fabulous, despite what the Tonight Show said! But the fact remained, he made the Tonight Show.
The winners will be announced in July, but frankly I already feel like a winner.
Seriously, guys, how cool is this?
Oh, and while we’re on the topic of awards, let me tell you about another contest Realm Makers has going on this year. It’s the Alliance Award, and it’s a reader’s choice award. So if you’re at all in the voting mood, would you pop over to the entry form and nominate one of my two releases from 2016?