General Information

What are the Whitneys?

Portrait of Orson F Whitney

The Whitneys are an awards program for novels written by authors who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Elder Orson F. Whitney, an early apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, prophesied:

“We will yet have Miltons and Shakespeares of our own. Above all things, we must be original. Our mission is diverse from all others; our literature must also be.”

It is our hope to be a part of that journey toward excellence by honoring writers who are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and showcasing, through their work, the standards that make us a unique people.

Accepted Categories

Adult Categories
  • General Fiction
  • Romance
  • Historical Romance
  • Mystery/Suspence
  • Speculative Fiction
Youth (YA) Categories
  • YA General
  • YA Speculative
  • YA Fantasy
  • Middle Grade
Overall Categories
  • Novel of the Year (Adult)
  • Novel of the Year (Youth)
  • Best Novel by a Debut Author

The 2018 Whitney Awards Committee

Bridget
Baker

Judging Coordinator

Shauna
Holyoak

National Pub Contact

Varvara
Jones

Web Guru

Robin M
King

Social Media & Marketing

Taffy
Lovell

Author Contact

Angie
Taylor

LDS / Small Pub / Self-Pub Contact

Amy
Wilson

Author Contact