In our discussion of the RITA nominations, many a Bitchery member remarked on the lack of award category for erotica, and the difficulty of creating such an award that accurately judges erotica, romantica, and the genre as a whole.
Perhaps that difficulty might come as much from RWA’s documented hesitancy to welcome erotica alonside its other genres, but it is certainly a difficult category to judge against the traditional structure of romance – as erotica does its best to bust through established traditions.
That said, a few suggested that the entire process of nomination and submission was a challenge, and that the RITA categories yielded a mix of disparate genres under one heading.
So, we figured, we should certainly stick OUR noses into the awards arena. So we hereby create The Most Important Writing Award Ever: the Smart Bitch Book Awards, henceforth known as The BWAHA: The Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors.
Here’s the deal: we’ll accept nominations in the following categories, and the top 5 nominated books in each category will make the finals.
Finalists will be voted on by the Bitchery, with winners announced with great fanfare (think ManTitty. Lots of ManTitty.) and we’ll give out fabulous three-dimensional prizes possessing of actual matter. Or gift certificates. Or both!
Nominations will be accepted until Tuesday, April 4, 2006.
Books eligible for nomination must have a publication date of 2005.
Finalists will be announced that week, and voting on the finalists will be open for a one week period.
One set of nominations per person, and one vote per person.
This will be an annual event, a writer/reader nominated and writer/reader voted award, and we expect The BWAHA will be THE award to brag about.
Please, send your nominations to candy @ smartbitchestrashybooks.com and sarah @ smartbitchestrashybooks.com by Tuesday, April 4.
And now, on to the categories!
Smart Bitch Writing Award Categories
Did it take place in the present? Was it a romance? Did you like it? Nominate it!
Did it take place in the past? Was it a romance? Didja dig it? Hook us up with the title and author!
Best Series (Contemporary)
Present time, hot romance, series publisher? Bring it!
Best Series (Historical)
In the way-back? Hot romance? Series publisher? You know what to do!
Best Romantica/Erotic Romance
Did you read an erotic romance with a primary pair of protagonists and a happily ever after? Did it make you all happy n’at? Tell us about it!
Did you read a hot sexy book that featured seriously excellent sex, but not necessarily an attracted primary pair of protagonists with a happily ever after? Which one did you like best?
Was there a werecod and an non-angsty vampire? Dude. You have to tell us about it.