The following is copied and pasted from the 2017 IRC 5th Annual Indie Romance Convention website. Support independant authors: if you’ve read a good romance this year, nominate them!
Nominations will begin April 1, 2017
2017 Indie Romance Nominations
This year we are happy to bring back the Indie Romance Awards in conjunction with The Romantic Fanatic book review blog.
Readers will once again be able to nominate, and vote for, their favorite book in each category.
Winning Attending Authors will receive award certificates during the Vintage Tea Party at the convention.
Nominations begin April 1, 2017 and end April 30, 2017
Voting runs July 1, 2017 – July 20, 2017
Only Indie*, Hybrid*, and Small Press* books are eligible for nomination.
To be eligible, books must have been published between January 1, 2016 – January 31, 2017.
Each book may be listed under a maximum of two categories.
Books must have a Happy Ever After (HEA) or a Happy For Now (HFN) ending.
Only one vote per category is allowed.
Erotica is not eligible. However, erotic romance, with or without BDSM, is permitted.
We will only accept nominations with an email in case we have any questions. We will not share you email with anyone.
You don’t have to fill out every category to participate.
Authors cannot nominate their own works, only other authors’ books.
Time Travel Romance
Erotic (Ménage/BDSM/Spanking, etc.) Romance
Rock Star Romance
Motorcycle Club Romance
GLBT (M/M, F/F, Transgender, etc.)
New Adult Romance
Note to authors: When promoting IRC book nominations in your social media and/or groups, please let the readers know which category(ies) your book(s) belong(s).
*Indie books are written by independent authors who self-publish and do not rely on a publisher.
Hybrid books are written by authors who both self-publish stories and have other books published by a small or large press publisher.
Small Press books are written by authors whose books have been published by any of the smaller publishers such as Loose ID, Samhain, Decadent, Crimson Romance, Entangled, Ellora’s Cave, Wild Rose, Siren, Dreamspinner, etc.