Wednesday, December 14, 2005

The Practical Press Awards

In recognition of the work being done at The Practical Press, founder Kenneth Quinnell has instituted the Practical Press Awards to honor the wide variety of writing that goes on over there.

If you’re not familiar with mission of The Practical Press, here’s a backgrounder on it.

The categories are:

The Charles Dickens Award:
Best Serialized Story – Complete or nearly complete

*The _____ Award:
Best Serialized Story – Incomplete or just beginning

The Ray Bradbury Award
Best Short Story (or excerpt) – Horror/Thriller/Sci Fi/Fantasy

*The ____ Award:
Best Short Story (or excerpt) – Literary Fiction

The Robert Frost Award
Best Poem

The Jewel Award
Worst Poem (from Bad Poetry Friday)

*The _____ Award
Bust Audio/Musical Post (song, reading, dramatization, lyrics)

*The _____ Award
Best Play/Screenplay or excerpt

The J.D. Salinger Award:
Goes to the Practical Press member who posts the least

*The ____ Award:
Goes to the best literary site other than the Practical Press.

The Stephen King Award:
Goes to the best mass-published book of 2005

Nominations are open to anyone, including those who are not Practical Press members. Also, if you have suggestions for names for any of the awards marked with a *, please suggest those as well.

Click here to go to the award site and make your nominations. It might be a good idea, though, to spend some time going through the entries and reviewing the many postings. The amount of talent and variety is impressive, and I know I have a lot of catching up to do and some very tough choices to make.