Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Nomination Extension

We've decided to extend the nomination period for the 3rd Annual Swirl Awards to April 30, 2014. Please pass this along if you know of an author who wanted to enter, but didn't quite make our really tight deadline. To nominate a book, please email us at the swirl net@gmaildotcom (minus the spaces)

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

New Adult Added to Swirl Awards Categories

Not sure if anyone noticed, but the Swirl Awards has added a new category this year. The category is New Adult and it makes a ton of sense due to the genres virtual monopoly on the bestsellers list. So what exactly is New Adult? According to Wikipedia the genre is a developing genre first coined in 2009 by St. Martin's Press and features protagonists in the 18-25 age bracket.  

Did you publish a new adult in 2013? Is one of the protagonists a person of color?

Then you should enter the 2014 Swirl Awards. Cost of entry is free and if you win, you receive a gorgeous award and some media exposure for your efforts.

To enter, simply email us your entry with the following (author name, name of title, date of publication and publisher) to:
 the swirl net@gmail.com (minus the spaces)

Monday, March 24, 2014

Swirl Awards: We're back!

As you can tell from the title and meme, yes the Swirl Awards are back! We know...we know we're starting later than last year, but late is better than never, right? So without further ado, the Swirl Awards is open for nominations until April 30, 2014. If you're an author and would like to nominate your book, simply email us your entry with the following (author name, name of title, date of publication and publisher) to:

 the swirl net@gmail (dot) com (minus the spaces)

The categories for the 2014 Swirl Awards have remained the same as last year. They are as follows: Contemporary, Fantasy/Sci-Fi, Historical, New Adult, Novella (20K words or less), Paranormal, and Romantic Suspense.

Readers can participate as well by either volunteering to judge or nominating candidates for the following categories:

To nominate for these categories, simply click the hot link and you will be directed to the appropriate page. Once there, simply leave your nomination in the comment section.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

2013 Swirl Awards Category Winners

We wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the authors for entering the 2013 Swirl Awards.  Without their entries/babies, we would not be able to hold an awards, which we feel brings recognition to books that are sometimes overlooked.  Secondly, we would like to thank our judges, especially the ones we had to go back and pester to read extra books due to a few judges who suddenly went AWOL.

So, without further ado, we would like to announce the winners and first runners up of the 2013 Swirl Awards. To learn more about the winners and their books click on the book cover!

Short Soup by Coleen Kwan (Escape Publishing)

Runner up See Megan Run by Melissa Blue

Bomber’s Moon/Dog Fighter’s by Alex Beercroft (Samhain Publishing)

Book 1 and Book 2 were entered together since its essentially one story divided
(Look Inside or Buy!)
Runner up The Wisest Maiden by Daliah De Winters

Brown Sugar by Lena Matthews (Loose-Id, LLC)

Runner up Part of the Posse by Jaxx Steele
My Sweet Succubus by Delilah Devlin (Ellora's Cave Publishing)

(Look Inside or Buy!)

Runner up Protect Me by Lila Hart

Already Freaking Mated by Eve Langlais

Runner up The Protector by Ambrielle Kirk

Romantic Suspense
Every Dog – H.M. Mann

Runner up For the Love of Jazz – Elke Feuer

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Readers' Choice Winners

While we still tally all the judges' scores, we would like to formally announce the winners of our Readers' Choice polls. There were more than 3,000 votes cast, which far exceeded our inaugural year! So, we would like to thank everyone for voting!

*To learn more about the winners and their books, click on the cover/logo image

Best Cover of 2012 -- In the Moment by Vallory Vance 


Best Series of 2012 -- Cole McGinnis Series by Rhys Ford

Best IR/Multicultural Publisher of 2012 -- Crimson Romance

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Happy Loving Day!

Today marks the 46th anniversary of the landmark civil rights case, Loving V. Virginia, which invalidated laws prohibiting interracial marriage in the United States. The Swirl Awards is celebrating the day with a Loving Day Blog Hop by assembling together almost three dozen of your favorite IR/MC authors and review sites!  If you follow the hop, you're in for an event which joins other celebrations around the country this week focused around promoting multicultural understanding and awareness.  

(more after the jump!)

So what can you expect on the Loving Day Blog Hop?  You'll learn about stories that will touch your heart, find out something new, get a glimpse of some great books and maybe win a book or two! So without further ado, time to get hopping!

Melissa Blue

Koko Brown

Dee Carney

Sharon Cooper

Laura Cremant

Alexa Day

Delaney Diamond

Vivi Dumas

Shewanda Pugh

Seressia Glass

Lena Hart

M.J. Kane

Ambrielle Kirk

Olivia Linden

Dana LittleJohn

Tracey Livesay

Afton Locke

Rae Lori

TJ Michaels

M.O.K Author


Keisha Robertson

Romance Novels in Color

Shades of Romance Magazine

Laverne Thompson

Holley Trent

Vallory Vance

Eve Vaughn

Friday, June 7, 2013

Loving Day Blog Hop Coming June 12!

The 1st Annual LOVING DAY BLOG HOP is only five days away! 
Are you as excited about the event as we are? Do you want us help spread the word? Then take the banner we've attached to this website, smack it on your page and then link it to http://www.swirlawards.com/p/loving-day-blog-hop.html

Enjoy a full day of fun and laughs and great prizes from more than 30 authors!