Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Multicultural Recognition Award Continues to Grow

Multicultural Recognition Award Continues to Grow...

Since I'm a newbie to this blog, you all probably don't know that I'm the co-chair and founder of the Swirl Awards. A couple of years ago I looked around in the publishing industry and realized there wasn't an award  that recognized the multicultural/interracial sub-genre where the romance featured heroes or heroines of different ethnic groups or more specifically interracial couples.

Personally, I found this disconcerting since the multicultural/interracial sub-genre has grown by leaps and bounds in the past ten years with an influx of both writers and readers who are hungry to read books that reflect their lives and experiences and yet share common ingredients -- sizzling sensuality, compelling characters and emotional intensity.

After months of kicking the idea around and wondering if we had the time, the Swirl Awards was launched in 2012.  To our surprise, the response was all positive and somewhat overwhelming.  From the very first day, authors nominations started pouring in and we had more judges than books.

This year the awards continued to grow with the addition of the Best IR/Multicultural publisher and Novella categories and almost double the entries. There were also more than 6,000 votes cast in out Readers' Choice polls!

(the award we give out to all of our category winners)

Wondering who are category winners were this year?  Here's the complete list:

Best IR/Multicultural Publisher
Crimson Romance

Best Contemporary
Short Soup by Coleen Kwan (Escape Publishing)

Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Bomber’s Moon/Dog Fighter’s by Alex Beercroft (Samhain Publishing)

Best Historical
Brown Sugar by Lena Matthews (Loose-Id)

Best Novella
My Sweet Succubus by Delilah Devlin (Ellora's Cave Publishing)

Best Paranormal
Already Freaking Mated by Eve Langlais

Best Romantic Suspense
Every Dog – H.M. Mann

To learn more about the Swirl Awards, visit www.swirlawards.com.

Koko Brown


jean hart stewart said...

What a wonderful idea to establish these awards...I'm sure you'll continue to grow by leaps and bounds.

Tina Donahue said...

Good for you, Koko, for your work on this. It's a great idea. :)

Fiona McGier said...

Where was this publicized? This is the first I heard about it, and I often write inter-racial couples. Whatever loops it was announced on, I've got to get hooked into.

Sounds great! Romance is such a great genre to recognize that love has no color...unless you want to call it passion-red.

Stormie Kent said...

I heard about the Swirl Awards this last year. I will have to check into the entry process this year. Thanks!