2016 Nominations (Format-Specific)

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees!

For the list of Genre-Specific nominees, click here.


Disclaimer One: All ebooks listed below were nominated by members of the independent publishing community through ballot. Ballots were accepted from any individual involved in the publishing industry: authors, editors, small press publishers, book reviewers, librarians, retail buyers, etc.
Disclaimer Two: While we have made every effort to remove nominations for titles that did not qualify for the competition, please note that it is possible that a title slipped through. If you identify a title among the nominees that does not completely conform to our nomination guidelines, please let us know so that we can improve our review processes.
Disclaimer 3: Bards and Sages Publishing releases the list of nominees as is. While we have reviewed titles to ensure that they conform to the nomination guidelines, we make no quality judgments regarding the nominations ourselves. Listing on this page does not imply endorsement by Bards and Sages Publishing.
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Disclaimer 5: Nominees are listed in the order they were confirmed. Order does not indicate ranking.

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Best Anthology Nominees

Night Market: An Anthology, Taipei Writers Group
Taiwan Tales-One Country, Eight Stories, Taipei Writer’s Group
Twists in Time: A Time Travel Anthology, Crimson Tree Publishing
The Furry Future, Fred Patten, editor
Consuming Tales, Crimson Cloak Publishing
Cyberpunk: Malaysia, Zen Cho, editor.
Steps in Time, Crimson Cloak Publishing
The Firestorm Chronicle Anthology, Matthew McFarland, editor
Carolina Crimes: Nineteen Tales of Lust, Love, And Longing, Karen Pullen, editor
The Bard’s Tale: Stories & Recipes from The Black Dragon Inn, Daniel Myers, editor
Crime and Punishment: A Speculative Fiction Anthology, Lucas Bale, editor
Stories on the Go: 101 Very Short Stories by 101 Authors, Andrew Ashling, editor

Best Novel

Everybody Lies by Julia Hughes
The Eden Plague by David VanDyke
Finding the Rainbow by Traci Borum
The Villa in Italy by Elizabeth Edmondson
Stirred by Nancy Thompson
The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Once Upon a Rose by Laura Florand
Mercenary by David Gaughran
The Second Captive by Maggie James
Only the Longest Threads by Tasneem Zehra Husain
Masque by W.R. Gingell

Best Novella

Nala’s Story by Mark Gardner
Yakuza Territory by Milo James Fowler
“Wicked Women” from Wicked Women and Other Stories by Sally Walker Brinkmann
“The Haunting of the Lordly Lion” from The Bard’s Tale: Stories and Recipes from the Dragon Inn by Ed Greenwood
The Apothecary’s Quest by Clay More
Rose Boy by Michael-Scott Earle
Nanodaemons by George Saoulidis
Theriac by Becca Mills
Blackwater Lake by Maggie James

Best Short Story

The Christmas Witch by Amanda M. Lee
“Abode” from New Horizons by Patty Jansen
“Unnatural” from Alt History 101 by Ann Christy
Escape by Mark Gardner
Snow And Mistletoe by Liz Schulte
1000 Yards by Mark Dawson
Glitch: A Short Story by Hugh Howey
“Boomerang” from Carolina Crimes: Nineteen Tales of Lust, Love, And Longing by Bonnie Wisler
“Sauce for the Goose” from The Bard’s Tale: Stories and Recipes from the Black Dragon Inn by Brian Pettera
“To Defend and Keep From Harm from Far Orbit Apogee by Anna Salonen
“Knight’s Day Off” from Interlude: Stories from Tranquility by Krista D. Ball
“Oubliette” from Crime and Punishment: A Speculative Fiction Anthology by S.W. Faribrother
“Bushimi: The Cat that Wanted to be an Art Critic” from Something Nicer by Andrew Lawston
“We Have the Stars” from Dawn Falcon: A Fantasy Collection by J.J. Green

Best Short Story Collection

The Necromouser and Other Magical Cats by Mary E Lowd
Toad Words and Other Stories by T Kingfisher
Korean Americans Vol II by Travis Han
Once Upon A Dragon by Tabitha Ormiston-Smith
Coyote Cal: Tales from the Weird West by Milo James Fowler
Horror Girls: Twisted Tales and Poems by Jackson Dean Chase
Sewing Can Be Dangerous and Other Small Threads by S. R. Mallery
Something Nicer by Andrew Lawston
Dawn Falcon: A Fantasy Collection by J.J. Green
New Horizons by Patty Jansen

Best Poetry Collection

Silk She Is by Daniel E. Tanzo
Haiku Pennsylvania Perspective by Janice McLaughlin
Seeds of Love by Iris Oh
365 Days of Poetry by CM Simpson
Meraki by Andrea Michelle
Bukowski’s Ghost: Poems for Old Souls in New Bodies by Jackson Dean Chase
Grace: Poetry of Affection and Seduction by William F. DeVault

To all of this year’s nominees

Congratulations! You should be proud of your nomination. Your nomination means that your peers in the independent publishing community not only appreciate your work, but feel that it represents what is great about our industry. Please note that we will not provide any information on who nominated your work. We promise all ballot contributors that we will keep their ballots anonymous.

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