News Book Award for Distinctive Cats 2017

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  1. Bookangel

    Bookangel Administrator Staff Member

    Book Award for Distinctive Cats 2017

    The Memorial Book Award for one of our deceased founder members is something we have been discussing for the last month, so we are proud to announce the first Stephen Memorial Award for Cats of Distinctive Character. Oh, didn’t I mention he was furry and feline? And very much missed. The idea behind the award […]

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  2. tirial

    tirial IT fixer extraordinaire

    It's technically not open until 12:00 today, but we've already had 6 entries. We won't start processing them until tonight.
  3. Tregaron

    Tregaron Active Member

    I have seen the entries, and I have to ask about the position on were-cats? I would suggest that as they are mainly human instead of cats* and have human not feline base characters they would be ranked below an actual cat in the awards.

    *Unless they are like Greebo, of course, who should probably win outright, were he not disqualified by publication times.
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  5. Jordan

    Jordan Active Member

    This sounds like a great idea. I'm a sucker for books that feature cats as characters, so I look forward to a list. Also, if I had the power to create an award in honor of my departed, but still dear Sylvester, I would absolutely do it.
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  6. The Insecure Writers Support Group is going to send this out to its members. This sounds like a purrfect way to celebrate one of your founders and to have a shot at publication. Besides, who doesn't enjoy a good cat story?
  7. Bookangel

    Bookangel Administrator Staff Member

    Thank you very much indeed!
  8. Angel

    Angel Munificent Critic

    Oh well, I guess I know what I will be doing this Septmeber then.

    At least I can enjoy this piece of work.
  9. jessica

    jessica Citizen of Logres

    Can I ask an author to submit::ninja::? I'm not a judge & I won't say who to dodge bias. Their book is a great fit.
  10. Terry

    Terry Active Member

    I've nudged a couple of authors about the award, as long as the judges don't know who, I don't think there will be any bias. Also, its only authors who have agreed in the past to be contacted.
  11. Reader

    Reader Vile Critic

    I believe we have a small problem. We have a lot of books submitted (and even paid for), including some gems, but several books have no distinctive cats and some have no cats at all. After contacting the authors, once we had read the books, we learned some authors would willing pay to enter their book in the competition in the hope of a review, even when they know there is no cat in it and they won't win, or even qualify. I'm not sure we are going to have enough qualifying books to get ten runners up at this point, despite the fact we may go over the 150 entrants.

    Could someone please put out a call for cat books?
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    Name: Nancy Lynn Jarvis

    You said it was OK to enter even though Harry, who appears in all the books in the series, is not a major player in the book.
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  13. CatInASuit

    CatInASuit Administrator Staff Member

    As long as the cat is distinctive - it's acceptable.
  14. How many submissions have there been so far? It sounds like there's been a good turnout. It's getting rather exciting and I can't wait to see who will win.
  15. Bookangel

    Bookangel Administrator Staff Member

    There's been a good turnout. I won't say how many because I don't want to discourage other entrants, but I will say that a good book with an actual cat could well make the runners up or even win right now.

    (A surprising number of entries - an actual majority - did not have cats in. We let the authors know they would be disqualified, but it turns out they wanted the review we said we'd do for entrants. Most of those reviews have been written to go up after the competition, but next year we're going to need to be tighter on our wording.)
  16. Jordan

    Jordan Active Member

    That sounds like a bit of dampener to have entries that don't even have a cat in them just for the review. Of course, the bright side is that the reviews done here are so good authors are clamoring for them.

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