INSPY Awards 2016 News | Judging Applications are Now Open

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Good morning, friends. Can you believe it? March first has arrived. With its arrival is some snowfall for us in the Midwest following on the heels of a very spring-like weekend (record breaking 60 degree weather). I hope it's getting off to a good start for you all. I'm welcoming the month by getting the judging applications started, which means the INSPY Awards program is inviting you to become a part of the 2016 awards.

I've said it time and again and each time, I mean it. We’re so excited you share an interest in the ISPSYs with us. Without you, this program wouldn’t work and we value your help in sharing news on social media, your time, enthusiasm and dedication to these awards for the month-and-a-half you would be reading and critiquing the shortlisted novels with fellow judges. Before applying, we do ask that you carefully consider what is involved in judging and understand what you are agreeing to.

We have some upfront simple criteria that must be met:

• You must be a blogger.
• You must provide a link to a recent book review you’ve written.
• You must agree to our statement of faith. We are looking for judges who are people of the Christian faith.
• You must be willing to obtain all of the books if necessary.
• You must agree to read all five shortlisted books by June 14 and participate in an online discussion with the other judges to determine the winner.
• You agree not to blog/tweet/facebook about the shortlisted books as you are reading them or discussing them. After the winners are announced, you are welcome to blog about them.

The judging for the INSPYs takes place in two stages.

First Stage Once the period for book nominations has closed, the INSPYs Advisory Board will review the nominations and create a shortlist for each category of five books each.  This will be a collaborative process and every effort will be made to read at least a sampling of every book nominated.

Second Stage The shortlists will then be passed onto the preselected judges.  All judges must be bloggers with some book reviewing experience.  These judges will consider the books and select the winner.

For more information on who and what we will be looking for in a judge and the application form, please visit our 2016 application page to apply.

We are so excited to find a fabulous panel of judges and look forward to working with you!

We will accept applications (via the application form) through March 31, 2016. Judges will be announced April 15, 2016 (and shortlists shortly thereafter on April 30).


  1. Rissi: I went to the INSPYS homepage today to fill in the form, and could not edit it. Going to the original form on Google tells me that I do not have access to edit the form. When will it become available?

    1. Huh. How strange! I went and double checked it, Michelle and didn't see a problem. I'll look into some more. In the meantime, when you have a second, try again and see if you can apply. :)

    2. Thanks for the reply: I was able to edit it this morning. Application submitted.

    3. Thanks so much, Michelle! We so grateful for your interest in the INSPYs program. I should have also mentioned, sometimes the form doesn't like specific browsers (weird, I know!). But either way, I'm glad you were able to apply - your app came through just fine. :)

  2. I'll have to look into this for next year --unfortunately school has me too busy to commit this time. Looking forward to seeing the nominees!

    P.S. Zekkaina on rafflecopter. =)

    1. Totally understand being too busy, and having to pick and chose commitments. But yes, if you can join us next year, you're more than welcome. :)


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