It’s Selection Sunday for DABWAHA 2014!

DABWAHAAre you ready?! It's Selection Sunday for the 2014 DABWAHA.

The full slate of nominees has been announced, and reader votes determined the 8th book in each category. And now: the DABWAHA bracket is ready to be filled out

You have until 3/17/2014 at 11:59:00 PM ET to enter your picks! 



Hey, you know what? The internet sometimes gives you mixed up information! We have confirmed that what we thought was a mistake wasn't at all.

 Despite some data in Goodreads saying the publication date was 2012, the pub date for Love by the Numbers is 2013 – and author Karin Kallmaker confirmed that the book was published in 2013, though the publisher had moved the date from 2012 to 2013. (That's probably the source of the mix up.)

So, yeah, oops x2. THIS IS PART OF THE FUN.

Ok, no, it's not. But oh, well. BACK WE GO! 

And to Marie Sexton and Heidi Cullinan: please contact me to arrange beating with wet noodles and frozen fish at your earliest convenience. 

You may resubmit your bracket by going back to the selection page, and clicking on the dropdown box at top right.Select your nickname and make new picks. Then hit submit. Your new bracket will replace the old one when it's uploaded into the tournament software.  

Again: our apologies!

Due to a mistake in publication year, one of the titles in the GLBT category has been changed. Love by the Numbers by Karin Kallmaker is a 2012 book (oooops) and has been replaced by Family Man by Marie Sexton and Heidi Cullinan. Our apologies to the authors, and to you! 


How do you do that?

Easy! You can follow the instructions step by step at the DABWAHA site. The essential steps to enter your bracket: 

  1. Click on “New” and enter your nickname. Only the Nickname will show up publicly.
  2. Click on the title of the book you will think will win each match until you have only one book left as your Champion. Note: you are not only trying to predict which book will win, but also which author/fandom/community can best gather votes to back their favorites. Yes, it's tricky. That's why it's fun.
  3. The tie breaker is the number of reader nominations we received. Hint: it is under 1000. Another hint: it is higher than 2. 
  4. When you hit submit, you'll go back to the DABWAHA page – do NOT be alarmed! Also: your entries will not show up immediately. They have to be manually uploaded in batches, so they don't show immediately. If you don't see yours within a few hours, please email Jane

Important note for visually impaired readers: if you're using a screen reader and having problems with the bracket selection page, please email me and I can help you complete your bracket. I can do over the phone, or we can coordinate a time via Skype, but I want you to be able to participate. Don't be shy! Contact me, please! 


What's the point of all this?

Fun! Mayhem! The newfound knowledge of connecting your wireless device to all the free WiFi in a three mile radius so you can vote repeatedly!

Also, there's prizes. OH YES. The prizes have been posted. We have a ton of awesome prizes donated by many splendid individuals including iPads, iPad minis, Kindles, gift cards, books, and chocolates. Plus, there are prizes for middle of the road brackets, the worst bracket and for winners of each round. Just by picking a bracket, you're entered in the tournament. 


So what do we do now?

Right now: pick your bracket. Have a look at the books, and ask yourself, What awesome book in each category is most likely to win each round? Then, once you've picked your bracket, we begin voting.


Yup. The winner of each round is determined by reader voting. Polls open, and voting commences! There's vote mongering, trash talking, and compliment wars on all forms of social media during the DABWAHA, too, so there's a lot of goofy fun to be had.

Here are the Important Links:



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  1. 1
    Janhavi says:

    This really is awesomesauce. I am thoroughly enjoying the trashtalk, bribery, and am mentally scheming on IP addresses. Thanks for putting up the 2013 and other year results!! Have to figure out my brackets :D

  2. 2
    SB Sarah says:


    Setting up the past bracket results was all Jane – she did that. You’re so welcome – may the votes be in your favor!

  3. 3
    MaryAnne says:

    I’m sorry…where do I find out more info about the bribes? By the way, is this for US readers only. I am in Canada.

  4. 4
    Lindsay says:

    I am so excited, DABWAHA is my favourite time of the year for community interaction and madness!

  5. 5
    Janhavi says:

    Thanks- I went over and thanked Jane on DA, then :D

  6. 6
    Carol says:

    Help. I feel so dumb, but where is the list of all the books. I have my bracket form with all the rounds, but I can’t find the whole Author/Title list. I’m sorry.

  7. 7
    Darlynne says:

    SB Sarah, the confirmation email indicates that I can change my choices up until the pick deadline. Of course, mine are all wrong—guess I should have been drinking while voting, which might have helped. I’ve looked all around (no, really) and can’t find directions for how to make changes. Can you help a bitch out? Thank you.

    @Carol: I know this! It’s here:

  8. 8
    laj says:

    I’m confused about tie breaker. What is it?

  9. 9
    SB Sarah says:


    The tie breaker is your guess at the number of reader nominations we received. It’s a number less than 1000.


    You can make changes by going to the DABWAHA page, selecting your name from the dropdown box, and making your changes. Then hit submit, and in the next batch of uploads into the software, your new bracket will replace the old one.


    This is open to everyone, so never fear. The bribes are not literal, alas. But authors trash talking one another with compliments is always really fun to watch.

  10. 10
    Fran says:

    Completely spaced on the bracket due date.  I understand its really been extended for those who want to rearrange based on Love by the Numbers, but I was wondering if I could still submit for the first time, cheering my good luck?  Thanks!

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