2011 Finalists Announced!

2011 Finalists Announced!

2011 Whitney Award Finalists

Click HERE to download a PDF of the finalists for your personal use or to give to your local library.

Click HERE to purchase tickets to the 2011 Whitney Awards Gala on May 5th at the Provo Marriott.


Before I Say Goodbye


The Evolution of Thomas Hall The Walk: Miles To Go
The Wedding Letters
Rachel Ann Nunes Karey White* Kieth Merrill Richard Paul Evans Jason F. Wright


Daughter of Helaman
Fires of Jerusalem
Isabelle Webb: The Pharaoh’s Daughter Letters in the Jade Dragon Box Miss Delacourt Has Her Day
Misty Moncur* Marilyn Brown N.C. Allen Gale Sears Heidi Ashworth


Borrowed Light
Captive Heart
Count Down to Love Not My Type
The List
Carla Kelly Michele Paige Holmes Julie N. Ford Melanie Jacobson Melanie Jacobson*


Acceptable Loss
Bloodborne If I Should Die
Rearview Mirror
Anne Perry Gregg Luke Jennie Hansen Stephanie Black Traci Hunter Abramson


A Night of Blacker Darkness
I Don’t Want to Kill You
No Angel
The Alloy of Law: A Mistborn Novel
The Lost Gate
Dan Wells Dan Wells Theresa Sneed* Brandon Sanderson Orson Scott Card

Youth Fiction—Speculative

My Unfair Godmother
Shifting Slayers Tuesdays at the Castle
Janette Rallison Bethany Wiggins* C.J. Hill Jessica Day George Robison Wells

Youth Fiction—General

Girls Don’t Fly
Miles From Ordinary
Pride & Popularity
Sean Griswold’s Head
With a Name Like Love
Kristen Chandler Carol Lynch Williams Jenni James Lindsey Leavitt Tess Hilmo*

All of the novels listed above are 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:

  • Daughter of Helaman by Misty Moncur
  • Gifted by Karey White
  • No Angel by Theresa Sneed
  • Shifting by Bethany Wiggins
  • The List by Melanie Jacobson
  • With a Name Like Love by Tess Hilmo

We will also be asking Academy 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 check box 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 five novels.

The Academy has until April 23rd to read the finalists in whichever categories they plan to vote in. On information on how to join the Academy, click HERE.


  1. Thank you for sending this! How very wonderful! But I have a question. I could not find a date recorded anywhere that specified how much time we (or our brave friends) have to read 35 books! Is there a cut off date? Thank you!

  2. Sarah M Eden says:

    Excellent question, Marilyn. For anyone else wondering, ballots will be due from the voting academy on April 23rd. Other important date are listed on the home page in the bottom left-hand corner.

    And, as mentioned on this page, if someone would like to join the voting academy and aren’t sure if they are eligible, more information can be found at http://whitneyawards.com/rules/ – scroll down to Section 5.

  3. Diana says:

    Great list!
    Concerning the Best by a Debut Author, is Bethany Wiggins not eligible? I thought Shifting was her first book.

  4. Th. says:


    Is voting for best new author separate or just a compilation of votes from the other categories. Or, in other words, can one read all the new-author books and vote in that category without reading all the books?

    • admin says:

      You only need to read all the finalists in whatever category you want to vote in, so, yes, you could read the new authors and vote in that category if that was all you wanted to do.

  5. Sadie says:

    Thank you for the list! Although I am not a member of the academy, I always take on the challenge of reading all of the Whitney Awards. It is so much fun to read excellent books and find out who the winners are. I have my own book blog where I do basic reviews.

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