Author Awards

Top Idaho Author and Book Awards

Top Idaho Author and Book Awards Reception
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The Top Idaho Author and Book Awards reception honors Idaho’s best books and most talented authors. Don’t miss this opportunity to network, celebrate local talent, and support the Idaho writing community!

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Questions? Contact: idahobookawards@gmail.com

2013 Top Idaho Author and Book Awards Winners

Top 10 Idaho Books – Nonfiction
Nathan Barry, Authority
Dale Dixon, Sweating Bullets
Angela Young, Spoiled Milk
Catherine Owens, Be Your Own Hero
Michele de Reus, Daring to Choose
Jill Skeem, Comfort Food Gets a Vegan Makeover
A. K. Turner, This Little Piggy Went to the Liquor Store
Whit Mitchell, Working in Sync
Walt Hampton, Journeys on the Edge
Bob Faw, Energize

Top 10 Idaho Books – Fiction
Judith McConnell Steele, The Angel of Esperança
Joanne Pence, Ancient Echoes
Donna Cook, Gift of the Phoenix
Jack Patterson, Triple Cross
Russell Elkins, Sparks the Matchmaker
Joel Lund, The Temple of Kahrnahrgx
Kathy McIntosh, Mustard’s Last Stand
Kristine McCord, The Santa Society
Angela Ruth Strong, Lighten Up
Rebecca Carey Lyles, Winds of Freedom
Honorable Mention: Oliver Dahl, The Dreamers

Best New Idaho Author – Nonfiction
1st Place: Nathan Barry, Authority
2nd Place: Dale Dixon, Sweating Bullets
3rd Place: Angela Young, Spoiled Milk
Honorable Mentions: Jill Skeem, Comfort Food Gets a Vegan Makeover; Catherine Owens, Be Your Own Hero; Kurt Koontz, One Million Steps

Best New Idaho Author – Fiction
1st Place: Donna Cook, Gift of the Phoenix
2nd Place: B. D. Riehl, The Earth Is Full
3rd Place: Kathy McIntosh, Mustard’s Last Stand

Best Children’s Book:
1st Place: A.J. Irving, Mama’s Purse
2nd Place: Mike Sanders, Jabbers

Best Interior Design – Nonfiction
1st Place: Angela Young, Spoiled Milk, designed by Shiloh Schroeder, Fusion Creative Works
2nd Place: Catherine Owens, Be Your Own Hero, designed by Shiloh Schroeder, Fusion Creative Works
3rd Place: Whit Mitchell, Working in Sync, designed by Nick Zelinger, NZ Graphics
Honorable Mention: Jill Skeem, Comfort Food Gets a Vegan Makeover, designed by Jason Lugo

Best Interior Design – Fiction
1st Place: Judith McConnell Steele, The Angel of Esperança, designed by Sarah Tregay
2nd Place: Joel Lund, The Temple of Kahrnahrgx, designed by Shiloh Schroeder, Fusion Creative Works
3rd Place: B. D. Riehl, The Earth Is Full, designed by Mike Sloane; Russell Elkins, Sparks the Matchmaker, designed by Russell Elkins
Honorable Mention: Donna Cook, Gift of the Phoenix, designed by Donna Cook

Best Cover Design – Nonfiction
1st Place: Angela Young, Spoiled Milk, designed by Cari Campbell Design
2nd Place: Catherine Owens, Be Your Own Hero, designed by Cari Campbell Design
3rd Place: Dale Dixon, Sweating Bullets, designed by Cari Campbell Design
Honorable Mention: Cynthia Fackrell, Gravity’s Embrace, designed by Cari Campbell Design

Best Cover Design – Fiction
1st Place: Judith McConnell Steele, The Angel of Esperança, designed by Sarah Tregay
2nd Place: Elaine Ambrose and A. K. Turner, Drinking with Dead Women Writers, designed by Ward Hooper
3rd Place: B. D. Riehl, The Earth Is Full, designed by Mike Sloane
Honorable Mention: Donna Cook, Gift of the Phoenix, designed by Kevin McCain

Submissions for the 2013 Top Idaho Author and Book Awards is CLOSED; awards will be presented on November 21 (see information above). The Top Idaho Author and Book Awards honor Idaho’s best books and most talented authors and are based on five categories: Top 10 Books, Best New Author, Best Children’s Book (middle-grade and picture books), Best Cover Design, and Best Interior Design. (See below or entry form for more details.) Awards are open to Idaho residents, or authors whose books have been published through an Idaho publishing company, who have released titles in the last three years.

Update! Please note: Print books may be picked up at the Aloha Publishing (839 Winding Creek, Suite 203, Eagle, ID) offices December 2-6, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Winning titles will be displayed at the awards reception. Titles not picked up will be donated to the local library.

Award Categories

Fiction and nonfiction entries will be judged by separate panels. Some categories will be awarded to both nonfiction and fiction. For example, ten Top 10 Books Awards will be awarded to nonfiction authors, and ten Top 10 Books Awards will be awarded to fiction authors. Categories are also included on entry form.

Top 10 Books (Nonfiction/Fiction) – Awarded to select books of exceptional quality in any nonfiction and fiction genre, criteria for this award includes: quality of content and design; success of book, including other national, regional, and local awards received; and what makes the title unique in its genre. To be considered, authors must fill out an entry form and send copies of the title (book must have been published in the last three years).

Best New Author (Nonfiction/Fiction) (ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd) – A prestigious award given to new authors who have published a first book in the last year, this award honors three outstanding nonfiction writers and three outstanding fiction writers. Criteria for this award includes: quality and expertise of author, including writing skill, expertise in subject area, and the strength of his or her bio/resume; success rate of book(s); other national, regional, or local awards received; and the quality/production of the book submitted. To be considered, authors must fill out an entry form and send copies of the debut title (first book must have been published between Sept. 1, 2012, and Sept. 9, 2013).

Best Children’s Book (Fiction) (ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd) – A first of its kind in Idaho, this award recognizes three exceptional children’s middle-grade and picture books. Criteria for this award includes: quality of writing and illustrations; success of book, including other national, regional, and local awards received; and what makes the title unique in its genre. To be considered, authors must fill out an entry form and send copies of the title (book must have been published in the last three years).

Best Cover Design (Nonfiction/Fiction) (ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd) – Honoring books that have outstanding cover design, criteria for this award includes: aesthetic quality, uniqueness, and strength of title/subtitle. To be considered, authors must fill out an entry form and send copies of the title (book must have been published in the last three years).

Best Interior Design (Nonfiction/Fiction) (ranked 1st, 2nd, 3rd) – An award based on exceptional interior design, the criteria for this award includes: aesthetic quality, including typography and illustrations/graphic elements.

Authors may apply to all five categories. See entry instructions for more information.

2012 Top Idaho Author and Book Awards Winners

Top 10 Idaho Authors – Nonfiction
Larry Johnson
Rae Ann Norell
Allison Mewes
Kevin Carson
Janet Thompson
Joel Lund
Ron Price
Russell Elkins
Corey A. Smith
Lucinda Moebius

Top 10 Idaho Authors – Fiction
Alan Heathcock
Robin Lee Hatcher
Peter Leavell
Elaine Ambrose
AJ Irving
Ray Ellis
Rebecca Carey Lyles
Molly Snow
Jacob Nordby
Chris White

Top 5 Idaho Books – Nonfiction
Kevin Carson, The Long Journey of the Nez Perce
Rae Ann Norell, Broke Hungry & Happy: The Life of Dangerous Dave Norell
Larry Johnson, The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising
Janet Thompson, Dear God, Why Can’t I Have a Baby?
Ron Price, Treasure Inside: 23 Principles That Activate Greatness
Honorable mentions:

Yvonne Rousseau, Beyond Myself: Reclaiming Your Life After Sexual Abuse
Russell Elkins, Open Adoption, Open Heart

Top 5 Idaho Books – Fiction
Alan Heathcock, Volt
Peter Leavell, Gideon’s Call
Rebecca Carey Lyles, Winds of Wyoming
AJ Irving, Mama’s Purse
Chris White and Aaron Patterson, Michael

Best New Idaho Author – All genres
1st Place:
Larry Johnson, The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising
2nd Place:
Allison Mewes, Intro to Army Life
3rd Place:
Rae Ann Norell, Broke Hungry & Happy: The Life of Dangerous Dave Norell
Honorable Mention:
Russell Elkins, Open Adoption, Open Heart

Best Interior Design – All genres
1st Place:
Corey A. Smith, Do It Right: A CEO’s Guide to Web Strategy; Designed by Andy Harl and Don Elliott
2nd Place:
Larry Johnson, The Eight Principles of Sustainable Fundraising; Designed by Nick Zelinger
3rd Place:
Joel Lund, Watson’s Way; Designed by Nick Zelinger

Best Cover Design – All genres
1st Place:
Janet Thompson, Dear God, Why Can’t I Have a Baby?; Designed by Thinkpen Design, Inc.
2nd Place:
Yvonne Rousseau, Beyond Myself: Reclaiming Your Life After Sexual Abuse (Workbook); Designed by Cari Campbell
3rd Place:
Brandon Wright, ReDesign: Experience the Freedom to Build Your Business Your Way; Designed by Cari Campbell
Honorable Mentions:

Janet Thompson, The Team That Jesus Built
Corey A. Smith, Do It Right: A CEO’s Guide to Web Strategy; Designed by Andy Harl

 Download entry form and rules here