For the second year in a row, I'm being a complete putz about the Cybils contest. I'm so consumed with writing and editing posts, drafting press releases, etc. that I completely forget to promote it on my very own blog. That being this here blog. The entire world has beaten me to my own contest.
Cybils, for the two or three of you who don't already know, is the literary awards I started with Kelly Herold last year. We now get to call ourselves an annual award, as in second annual. Two whole contests! I even amaze myself.
The fun begins Oct. 1 when nominations open, but Kelly recently posted the list of judges, all drawn from the mushrooming ranks of kidlit bloggers.
There are many repeats from last year, and many more who are new to me.
Most fascinating to me? There'll be a mix of religious Christians and those who've stood stalwart against book challenges -- often brought by Christians. Both groups have solid blogging credentials, know their stuff and clearly have a passion for children's or YA literature. I'm pleased.
Will there be a few volleys fired in the culture wars? I hope so. We're talking a small number of panelists, but I'd be thrilled if I heard reports of heated (but civil) exchanges and strong opinions. It's not much of a contest if everyone agrees all the time. Children's literature is worth fighting for, over and about.
This is going to be an interesting contest, folks, for many reasons. You heard it here, uh, almost first.