The nominees for this year's Christy Awards have been announced and leading the pack with five nods is Bethany House followed by Tyndale House Publishers with four.
Named in honor of Catherine Marshall's groundbreaking novel, Christy, the Christy Awards recognize excellence in fiction written by contemporary Christian authors and to highlight the breadth and diversity of Christian fiction.
Each year since the awards' creation in 1999, publishers submit novels written from a Christian worldview and copyrighted in the year preceding the awards. Each novel is entered in one of several genre categories and/or the first novel category.
Each category of novels is then read and evaluated against a ten-point criteria by a panel of seven judges composed of librarians, reviewers, academicians, literary critics, and other qualified readers – none of whom have a direct affiliation with a publishing company.
The Christy Award Winners will be announced in July during the International Christian Retail Show in Denver.
The 2009 Christy Awards nominees are:
Contemporary Romance Category
- Beyond the Night by Marlo Schalesky (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)
- Finding Stefanie by Susan May Warren (Tyndale House Publishers)
- Zora and Nicky: A Novel in Black and White by Claudia Mair Burney (David C. Cook)
Contemporary Series, Sequels & Novellas Category
- Sisterchicks Go Brit! by Robin Jones Gunn (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)
- Summer Snow by Nicole Baart (Tyndale House Publishers)
- You Had Me at Good-bye by Tracey Bateman (FaithWords)
Contemporary Standalone Category
- Dogwood by Chris Fabry (Tyndale House Publishers)
- Embrace Me by Lisa Samson (Thomas Nelson)
- Tuesday Night at the Blue Moon by Debbie Fuller Thomas (Moody Publishers)
First Novel Category
- Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake (David C. Cook)
- Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler (Bethany House Publishers)
- Safe at Home by Richard Doster (David C. Cook)
- Shadow of Colossus by T.L. Higley (B&H Publishing Group)
- Until We Reach Home by Lynn Austin (Bethany House Publishers)
- Washington's Lady by Nancy Moser (Bethany House Publishers)
Historical Romance Category
- Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy (Barbour Publishers)
- From a Distance by Tamera Alexander (Bethany House Publishers)
- The Moon in the Mango Tree by Pamela Binnings Ewen (B&H Publishing Group)
- By Reason of Insanity by Randy Singer (Tyndale House Publishers)
- The Rook by Steven James (Revell)
- Winter Haven by Athol Dickson (Bethany House Publishers)
- The Battle for Vast Dominion by George Bryan Polivka (Harvest House Publishers)
- Shade by John B. Olson (B&H Publishing Group)
- Vanish by Tom Pawlik (Tyndale House Publishers)
Young Adult Category
- The Fruit of My Lipstick by Shelley Adina (FaithWords)
- I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires by Cathy Gohlke (Moody Publishers)
- On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness by Andrew Peterson (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)