THE SPICE AWARDS!
Sensual Romance is starting an annual awards program for
the best published sensual romances! Stories will be
nominated by the members of the Sensual Romance discussion
list. Then the list members will vote to select the
What do we call it?
The clear winner in the "name this award" list contest was
SPICE - Sensual Pleasing Intoxicating Clever Exciting. So
now we are working on coming up with an emblem or logo for
the award. Uh, something better than salt and pepper
When will all this happen?
Nominations will be taken during April, for books published
in 2003. Voting will follow that, with announcement of
winners in May. (Exact dates to be announced.)
Who may participate?
In order to make nominations or vote for books, you must
have been a subscriber to the Sensual Romance YahooGroups
list prior to February 1, 2004. All such list members are
eligible to make nominations and to vote—it doesn't matter
whether you are a reader or an author. A list member may
make as many nominations as they want. Voting is limited to
one vote per category. We ask that all list members display
fairness and honesty by only submitting one set of votes,
even if you are subscribed to the list under more than one
Which books are eligible?
A story must be a "sensual romance". It must (1) have a
high level of sexual tension and sensuality and/or explicit
sexual content, AND (2) have a plot primarily focused on a
romantic emotional relationship. Remember, our focus is on
the spicy side of romance, on stories that focus on romance
with the sex as a component of that. This includes
everything from category books like Harlequin Blaze and
Temptation through erotic romances and erotica.
Only those books that were originally published in 2003 are
eligible (have a 2003 copyright). Reprints and reissues
that were originally published prior to 2003 are not
Format of publication does not matter! We don't care if
it's paper, digital, or chiseled on stone tablets. It's the
story that counts, not the physical medium.
Books may be nominated in more than one category.
What are the award categories?
The awards cover stories, characters, and cover art. Here
are the categories for the awards:
Best Sensual Romance of the Year!
Best Sensual Historical Romance
Best Sensual Contemporary Romance
Best Sensual Romantic Suspense Romance
Best Sensual Futuristic/Science Fiction Romance
Best Sensual Vampire/Shapeshifter Romance
Best Sensual Paranormal Romance (e.g., psychics, witches,
time travel, creatures other than vampires/shapeshifters)
Best Sensual Fantasy Romance (e.g., elves, wizards,
dragons, magical worlds)
Best Sensual Bondage Romance
Best Sensual Anthology (book judged as a whole)
Best Sensual Short Romance (under 30,000 words, based on
actual word count)
Reviewers' Choice Award for best book of the year. Voting
is limited to the Sensual Romance reviewers, and to books
that were published during 2003 and reviewed on our list.
Favorite Secondary Character/Creature
Best Worldbuilding/Most Unique Fantasy World
Most Original Plot
Best Cover Art -- Contemporary Romance
Best Cover Art -- Category Romance
Best Cover Art -- Historical Romance
Best Cover Art -- Fantasy/Paranormal Romance (includes
Best Cover Art -- Futuristic/Science Fiction Romance