The Whitneys is an awards program for novels written by LDS authors.
I love this program. I love it so much, that I'm on the committee this year, and I get to send out the emails saying: Congratulations! Your book has been nominated for a Whitney.
Can I tell you how much I love sending out these emails? People are so excited to get them, and I get to share just a tiny bit of their excitement. Who doesn't love being the bearer of great news!
Another great thing about the Whitneys is that readers get to do the nominations.
Any reader. LDS or not. Teenager or adult. Avid reader or reader of one book a year. Anyone.
So if you haven't nominated a book for a Whitney, then go do it. Here's the link. It's super easy and will take you about one minute, and it might mean the difference between a book becoming an official nominee or not.
Even if you think: "Surely, XYZ author is an official nominee. They are amazing in every way!"
You'd be surprised at who doesn't get nominated because people assume that someone else has done it.
Here's a helpful Goodreads list for Whitney Award Eligible books.
And here's a complete list of books by LDS authors from 2014.
Go forth and nominate! (You only have until December 31.)