1. Jim Rubart says:

    Thanks for sharing, Becky.

  2. Lisa Smith says:

    Awesome! Definitely got more books to read now…..

  3. Rachel says:

    Very cool! Congrats, all!!!

  4. J.M Hackman says:

    Congratulations to the finalists!

  5. D.M. Dutcher says:

    If you want to know why Christian fiction is failing, here’s a little tidbit why.

    Out of 28 Christy finalists in that list, 27 are women.

    Yup, James Rubart is the only male writer in that list. The Christy awards have always been female dominated, but a 4% turnout is embarassingly low even by their standards. If I were a Christian publisher, I’d start seriously worrying about Christian fiction becoming a pink ghetto.

    • Sorry, David, I don’t buy that. That’s like saying, The reason the US Constitution isn’t doing what the founders set out to do is because ALL of them were men. I’m sorry, but gender doesn’t have to come into play unless you want it to. Are books only good if half of them are written by men? That maskes no sense. Either a book is good or it’s not, regardless of who wrote it.


    • I must also disagree. Many of the most popular non-Christian fiction series are also written by women. “Harry Potter,” “Twilight,” and “The Hunger Games” are the most prominent, and are all female-written. Yet they are blockbuster successes.

      Perhaps it’s worth asking why this is, or why this is at the Christys. But it’s plainly simplistic to suggest that this means these stories are no good, or that some incidental female-favoring “cabal” selected these stories for reasons apart from their quality. Isn’t such a suggestion also very likely insulting to our sisters in Christ?

    • Pink… ghetto?

      I’m glad Rebecca and Stephen already replied to this because boy, does a comment like that deserve some unpacking. In what other setting* does the heavy predominance of award-nominated female writers even happen, let alone cause such hand-wringing?

      (Yet strangely enough, when women writers point out that an awards slate or prestigious roster of speakers is bizarrely male-only in a genre where there ought to be at least some female authors represented, nobody says “Oh no! How embarrassing! Our genre is becoming a blue ghetto!” In fact, their complaints usually get met with scorn, because everybody knows that awards go to the best writers / books regardless of gender, so clearly any female authors who point out the discrepancy must simply be jealous that men are better / more popular writers than they are.)

      Anyway, Christian fiction is overwhelmingly dominated by female writers, so it’s no surprise that female authors make up the bulk of the award nominations. It’s also overwhelmingly consumed by female readers, and their money is the same colour as everybody else’s, so I doubt any Christian publishers (who sell plenty of non-fiction books by male authors already) are crying into their coffee cups about that.

      * The answer to that is romance novels, obviously, but I don’t see anyone crying unfairness over that.

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