P.E.A.R.L. Eligibility, Nomination & Voting
P.E.A.R.L. Nomination form
paranormal romance titles with a valid ISBN, and released for purchase
for the first time in a given award year, which begins on January
1st and ends on December 31st, are eligible for P.E.A.R.L. consideration
in their appropriate category, and may be nominated by subscribers
to the paranormalromance (PNR) lists. See Group
* Note: In cases of discrepancy between the
release date and the copyright date, the release date will be the
for each of the twelve categories may be submitted by PNR group members
during the two week period beginning January 15th and ending
at midnight EST on January 28th. Instructions for submissions
will be provided via the listserve. The top five*
nominees will be eligible for voting.
* May be more in case of ties. There must
be a minimum of two definitive finalists for the category to be
PNR group members may nominate eligible titles for consideration.
Group members who subscribe during an active nomination or voting
period are not eligible to vote during that specific period. An
eligible member may only nominate a specific title once, but may
nominate multiple titles in a single category. All PNR groups will
receive the final ballot via the paranormalromance list on February
will begin on February 1st and conclude on February 14th, at which
time the votes will be tabulated and announced live at the February
PNR Chat. Only one vote per category per lister will be accepted
in the final voting process, regardless of the number of addresses
one is subscribed under.
of P.E.A.R.L. nomination or voting links is prohibited and will
lead to vote disqualification.
Note to authors, editors, and publishers:
Each year our staff compiles a comprehensive list of current releases
on the PNR website. Titles are added monthly as new information
becomes available. To submit information: Contact
Mippy Carlson - New Releases Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: For the purposes of this award, eligible titles for each paranormal
category must contain romance, with the focus on a central love
story, involving the development of an emotionally committed relationship
between two major characters, and a positive outcome. Novels which containing polyamorous relationships are not eligible.
PEARL eligible single titles fall into two categories: Paranormal Romance or Romantic Paranormal Fiction.
Plots must focus on the development of an exclusive romance between two main characters which must be positively resolved (HEA) by the end of the story. Secondary plots may continue within a series however couples can only recur in subsequent novels as secondary characters.
FANTASY/MAGICAL Romance - Story
takes place in the natural world but featuring beings [mythical
or real] with unnatural abilities. Stories may include visits to
other realms. This category also includes ghosts and psychics. *
FUTURISTIC Romance - Stories
in this category require the main plot to be set in a time far enough
into the future for there to be significant developments (changes)
in culture as we know it, or the introduction of an otherworldly
culture which affects the contemporary world - plot involves two
romantically linked central characters.
SHAPESHIFTER Romance - Books in this
category include beings that have the ability to take on different
forms one of which must be human. Werewolves, Selkies, and others.
TIME TRAVEL Romance - Stories in which
main character[s] travel to a time period other than their own.
Can be historical, contemporary, or futuristic in setting.
VAMPIRE Romance- Darker and generally
more sensual, these stories feature preternatural beings who subsist
on human and/or animal blood, or life force (in the case of psychic
vampires) often having magical powers and the ability to transform.
Romantic Paranormal Fiction:
Plots focus in world building and speculative elements. Most often published outside of the romance genre, with the focus on a central character - the plot must involve romance. Series may have a recurring main character. Must contain romance as a secondary plot element however a resolution (HEA) is NOT required. Romantic interest of the main character can recur or vary in subsequent novels.
Best Romantic FANTASY: This category includes traditional Fantasy which is set in wholly imaginary landscapes, and alternate history (a.k.a. historical fantasy). Stories draw imaginatively on speculation in the plot and setting.
Romantic SCIENCE FICTION & FUTURISTIC FANTASY
- Stories involve speculations based on current or future science or technology as the plot focus or involve a futuristic setting which is significantly different from the world as we know it.
Best Romantic URBAN FANTASY: Fantasy in which supernatural elements are introduced into contemporary, real-world, urban settings.
Additional PEARL Categories:
ANTHOLOGY: Voting is based on
the entire collection. The collection must have paranormal elements
in 50% of the novellas.
NEW AUTHOR - This applies to
an author whose debut novel was released (for the first time), in
the award year; and who also had a paranormal romance release within
that year (can be the same). This applies only to book format offerings
(print or electronic).
OVERALL PARANORMAL - Any single
title paranormal romance first released in the award year.
P.E.A.R.L. coordinators reserve the right to discard ballots that
do not provide the requested information, or which provide incorrect
information, and those which contain ineligible titles. The tabulating
software automatically rejects duplicate votes and votes cast by
stacking is prohibited. P.E.A.R.L. is reserved for PNR Groups members.
Solicitation of members through newsletters and email campaigns
for the sole purpose of voting violates the spirit of P.E.A.R.L.
and will result in disqualification.
that may arise, which require clarification or interpretation of
the above guidelines, will be resolved at the sole discretion of
the P.E.A.R.L. coordinators. Any changes or additions to the above
guidelines or categories will be added to the P.E.A.R.L. Eligibility,
Nomination and Voting Procedure prior to the next nomination period.
Reissues of previously published works do not qualify, regardless of former medium. This applies even with change of title, publisher, or format and includes previously self-published novels if offered for sale. Titles released without an ISBN are ineligible and shall not be considered new works if reissued with an ISBN at a later date regardless of said changes. Authors with ineligible debut novels cannot be considered for Best New author for said novel or subsequent novels [including reissues] which may be eligible.
stories expanded into full length titles by the same or new name,
in which the original text comprises half or less of the finished
product are considered to be a new work and would be eligible. Likewise
anthologies which contain half, or more, new material would be eligible.
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