P.E.A.R.L. ELIGIBILITY, NOMINATION & VOTING
All paranormal romance titles with a valid ISBN, and
released for purchase for the first time in the given award
year, which begins on January 1st, 2003 and ends on
December 31st, 2003, are eligible for P.E.A.R.L.
consideration in their appropriate category, and may be
nominated by subscribers to the paranormalromance listservs
PNwriters@yahoogroups.com, PNRlite@yahoogroups.com, or
PNRnews@yahoogroups.com (PNR LISTERS).
Nominations for each of the ten categories may be submitted
by PNR LISTERS during the two week period beginning January
24th and ending at midnight EST on February 7th.
Any PNR LISTER may nominate an eligible book for
consideration. An individual PNR LISTER may only nominate a
specific title once, but may nominate multiple titles in a
single category. All PNR LISTERS will receive the final
ballot link via the paranormalromance lists on February
Voting will begin on February 8th and conclude on February
22nd, at which time the votes will be tabulated and
announced live at the February 25th PNR Chat. Only one vote
per category per PNR LISTER will be accepted in the final
voting process, regardless of the number of addresses one
is subscribed under.
Note to authors, editors, and publishers: Each
staff compiles a comprehensive list of current releases on
the PNR website. Titles are added monthly as new
information becomes available. We have provided an easy to
use form at:
you can submit the latest information regarding new
paranormal romance releases.
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.
Best ANTHOLOGY - Voting is based on the entire
collection. The collection must have paranormal elements in
50% of the novellas.
Best FANTASY/MAGICAL - 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.
Best FUTURISTIC - 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.
Best 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 award year.
Favorite OVERALL PARANORMAL - Any single title
paranormal romance first released in the award year.
Best SCIENCE FICTION - Stories which draw
imaginatively on scientific knowledge and speculation in
the plot and setting. Must involve romance. May include
releases outside the romance genre.
Best SHAPESHIFTER - Books in this category include
beings that have the ability to take on different forms one
of which must be human. Vampires, Werewolves, Selkies, and
Best SHORT STORY/NOVELLA - Story of under 50,000
words, may be part of anthology, or published singly. Must
have an ISBN for verification.
Best TIME TRAVEL - Stories in which main character
[s] travel to a time period other than their own. Can be
historical, contemporary, or futuristic in setting.
Best EROTIC - Stories in which intense sensuality is
intrinsic to the work.
The 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.
Situations 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 publisher, and includes previously self-published novels
if offered for sale.
Short 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.
year (can be the same). This applies only to book format
offerings (print or electronic).
Paranormal Excellence Awards for Romantic Literature
peoples choice award voted on by the subscribers to the
paranormalromance group options at YahooGroups.com