I think the easiest way for me to do that is to share part of the email they sent to me:
The Clive Staples Award for Christian Speculative Fiction has been revived, with Speculative Faith hosting it . . . We need readers to know about the award and their opportunity to vote, but we also need to communicate the need to honor good writing, not just popular authors. To achieve this, we’ve put a minimal requirement on voters: they must have read at least two of the nominations. I’ve (Becky) also written several posts at Speculative Faith (see links below) explaining the standards we want readers to use when voting.
My request is that you would help your readers know about CSA and our goals, their opportunity to vote, and the requirements to do so. Without voters, a readers’ choice award is not possible. But to appeal to you to bring in readers, risks the possibility of the award devolving to a popularity contest. In reality, whether this award works depends on how widely we can spread the word and how determined the readers are to vote for quality stories. Whatever you can do to help achieve this would be greatly appreciated!
Below is a list of the books that have been nominated and the links to the Spec Faith articles about the award.
Congratulations on your book(s) being included! And thank you for any help you can give in notifying readers about the award.
Words in the Wind by Yvonne Anderson (Risen Books)
Daughter of Light by Morgan L. Busse (Marcher Lord Press)
Devil’s Hit List: Book Three of the UNDERGROUND by Frank Creed (Splashdown Books)
Liberator (Dragons of Starlight series) by Bryan Davis (Zondervan)
A Throne of Bones by Vox Day (Hinterlands / Marcher Lord Press)
Mortal (The Books of Mortals) by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee (FaithWords)
Angel Eyes by Shannon Dittemore (Thomas Nelson)
The Telling by Mike Duran (Realms Fiction)
Risk by Brock Eastman (P&R Publishing/Focus on the Family)
Live and Let Fly by Karina Fabian (Muse It Up Publishing)
I Am Ocilla by Diane Graham (Splashdown)
Seeking Unseen by Kat Heckenbach (Splashdown Books)
Remnant in the Stars by Cindy Koepp (Under The Moon)
The Unraveling of Wentwater (The Gates of Heaven Series) by C.S. Lakin (Living Ink Books)
Prophet by R. J. Larson (Bethany House)
Judge by R. J. Larson (Bethany House)
Spirit Fighter by Jerel Law (Thomas Nelson)
Fire Prophet by Jerel Law (Thomas Nelson)
The Spirit Well by Stephen Lawhead (Thomas Nelson)
The Wrong Enemy by Jane Lebak (MuseItUp Publishing)
Alienation (A C.H.A.O.S. novel) by Jon S. Lewis (Thomas Nelson)
Curse Bearer by Rebecca P Minor (Written World Communications)
Rift Jump by Greg Mitchell (Splashdown Darkwater)
Bid the Gods Arise by Robert Mullin (Crimson Moon Press)
Prophetess (Winter Book 2) Keven Newsome (Splashdown Darkwater)
Failstate by John W. Otte (Marcher Lord Press)
Soul’s Gate by James Rubart (Thomas Nelson)
Starflower by Anne Elizabeth Stengl (Bethany House)
Moonblood by Anne Elisabeth Stengl (Bethany House)
Star Of Justice by Robynn Tolbert (Splashdown Books)
Daystar by Kathy Tyers (Marcher Lord Press)
The New Recruit by Jill Williamson (Marcher Lord Press)
Replication: The Jason Experiment by Jill Williamson (Zonderkidz)
Obviously, Angel Eyes has been nominated (THANK YOU!) or Spec Faith wouldn’t have asked me to spread the word. But at this point, they’re wanting to make sure you know who the nominees are so you can be sure to read at least two of the selections before voting begins. I’ve read a handful of these, you guys, and they’re fabulous. This is, at the very least, a great go-to list for your Christian Speculative Fiction needs. Read a few and then be sure to vote for your favorite. Keep an eye on my Facebook page and I’ll let you know when the voting begins.
Happy summer, friends!