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 14th Annual Whitney Awards Committee

Kara
Reynolds

President

Elisa
McLean

Judging Coordinator

Jamie
McHenry

Social Media Manager

Taryn
Skipper

Website Manager

Gina
Denny

Author Contact

Taffy
Lovell

Author Contact

Angie
Taylor

Publisher Contact

Emily
Paxman

Publisher Contact