Unlike previous years, no finalists are being announced for the two overall awards. Instead, the Whitney Academy can choose from any of the eligible finalists in any category. In other words, all of the novels listed above are still in the running for Best Novel of the Year.
Likewise, any of the above finalists that meet the eligibility requirements for Best Novel by a New Author can be chosen for that award. This year, the eligible books are:
- Servant of a Dark God, by John Brown
- Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford
- No Going Back, by Jonathan Langford
- Gravity vs. The Girl, by Riley Noehren
- Wings, by Aprilynne Pike
- I Am Not A Serial Killer, by Dan Wells
- Bright Blue Miracle, by Becca Wilhite
This year we will also be asking voters to certify that they have read each of the books in the categories they are voting in. If, for example, a voters wants to vote for Best Romance, then the ballot will contain a checkbox asking the voter to certify that they've read all five novels in that category.
To vote for Best Novel of the Year, you must have read all of the finalists in all categories--all thirty novels.
You can find links to all the finalists by clicking on the cover images above. The Whitney Awards does not receive any revenue from these links.