We here at CLFA love a book award that’s open to fandom. Nothing’s more decentralizing and clarifying than letting actual consumers vote for what they like. We even have a li’l ol’ award of our own along those lines. So when we heard about the Realm Makers new Alliance Award, we had to give them a shout-out.
Who are Realm Makers? Well, they’re kind of like a Christian version of CLFA. They’re misfits who found a hole in the market and they want to fill it, so they organized a network to do so. In their own words:
Are you a creative person who loves science fiction and fantasy, but also makes your spiritual growth a high priority? Have you found that you’re a little too weird for the usual church crowd, but don’t exactly fit in with the sci-fi convention set either? Well, now there’s a place for you to learn, share your talents, and commune with people a lot like yourself.
… Realm Makers’s first priority is to help foster excellence in the speculative arts, whether fiction, film, illustrations, or whatever way we can imagine to tell our stories. It’s our goal to help the artist who wants to market his or her work under the Christian umbrella, as well as those who want to pursue their goals in the mainstream marketplace. After all, both the “secular” and “religious” markets need excellent content. We recognize and applaud the fact that different artists are called to take their work to different audiences.
- Speculative in genre (Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Horror, or any of their related sub-genres)
- Written by a professed Christian author
- Published between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016
You’d better drop by in a hurry though – nominations end March 30th!
This year’s Fifth Annual Realm Makers Conference will be at the Atlantis Casino Resort in Reno – looks like a hoot!