Emma Award Nominations – NOW CLOSED.

Yes that’s right, you’re now in control of the Emma Award Winners for excellence in writing. Get your submission in today! One entry per valid email so get your crew or your network to nominate. And as always, prior and current RSJ convention attendees have double the power to turn the nominations around on its head. But, it’s not over till the … well, you know, so lets get your nomination in now!

Nominations may be submitted by authors, readers, editors, agents, and publishing industry professionals. Nominations by individuals who have attended any Romance Slam Jam event in the past six years (RSJ 2011 in Baltimore, MD through RSJ 2016 in Detroit, MI) will be given double weight in the finalists’ calculation tally.

Please Note: Beverly Jenkins, Brenda Jackson and Rochelle Alers have won numerous awards and as such have chosen to opt out of the Emma Awards so that the next generation of authors can be eligible for consideration. 

If you’d like to be a judge or have any questions, please direct them to info@rsjconvention.com.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE: The Emma Awards are open to all black and African American authors who have written a novel or novella which falls within the identified award categories (see below) and was published for the first time between November 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016.

REQUIREMENTS: To meet the first publication requirement, a work cannot be a re-publication, re-covered, and/or re-named novel or novella; nor may the work have been entered in any previous Emma Award year.  (Get Detailed Guidelines)

Submit Your Emma Awards Nomination Below – Deadline: January 31, 2017

SUBMITTERS NAME & INFORMATION - Your Vote Counts!

 

NOMINATED AWARDS INCLUDE:

  • In the following categories, the most votes wins for that category; votes from previous and current Romance Slam Jam attendees are worth double the points. Only nominate BLACK ROMANCE titles published between November 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016, no re-released or renamed titles will be eligible.
  • 1. Best Book Cover of the Year - (Insert Author and Book Title) - Artist receives award.

  • 2. Debut Author of the Year

  • 3. Author of the Year

  • 4. Favorite Heroine - must be black - (Insert Author, Book Title, and Character's Name)

  • 5. Favorite Hero - must be black - (Insert Author, Book Title, and Character's Name)

  • 6. Book of the Year - (Insert Author and Book Title)

  • INSTRUCTIONS:

  • In the following categories, the four books/titles with the most votes will be passed along to a panel of judges for that category. Only nominate BLACK ROMANCE titles published between November 1, 2015 and December 31, 2016, no re-released or renamed titles will be eligible.
  • 7. Best Contemporary Romance of the Year - (Insert Author and Book Title)

  • 8. Best Commercial Fiction with Romantic Elements - (Insert Author and Book Title)

  • 9. Best Erotic Romance - (Insert Author and Book Title)

  • 10. Best Historical Romance - (Insert Author and Book Title)

  • 11. Best Inspirational / Spiritual Romance - (Insert Author and Book Title)

  • 12. Best Interracial Romance - (Insert Author and Book Title)

  • 13. Best Novella Romance - (Insert Author and Book Title)

  • 14. Best Paranormal/Supernatural Romance - (Insert Author and Book Title)

  • 15. Best Science Fiction / Fantasy Romance - (Insert Author and Book Title)

  • 16. Best Sequel/Series Romance - (Insert Author and Book Title)

  • 17. Best Steamy Romance - (Insert Author and Book Title)

  • 18. Best Suspense Romance - (Insert Author and Book Title)

  • 19. Best Young Adult Romance - (Insert Author and Book Title)

 

The Author's Choice Award

    THE BELOW SECTION IS VOTED ON BY AUTHORS ONLY - If you are not an author, then you're all done. Please hit the submit button below.

  • This award recognizes the person or group who unselfishly talks about, promotes, and supports black and African-American authors of romance by:

    1. Introducing readers to black/AA romance authors;
    2. Supports black/AA romance authors at events such as book signings, reader events, or conferences;
    3. Blogs, writes reviews, and encourages others to read books by black/AA romance authors;
    4. Participates in black romance book discussions; and
    5. Encourages others to participate and attend clubs, events, conferences, and discussions geared towards black/AA authors of romance.

    NOTE: Publishers, authors, marketing or street teams, pay for review individuals/groups, personal assistants of authors, and such are not eligible for consideration. To make nominations, an individual must be a published author who is registered for the upcoming RSJ conference or attended any Romance Slam Jam since 2008.
  • 20. Nominations for the Spirit Award by Authors ONLY.

 

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