Nominations for the 2012 Children's and Young Adult Bloggers' Literary Awards (Cybils) open Monday, October 1st, at 12:00 am Pacific Time. You can find the nomination form (designed by our own Sheila Ruth) at the Cybils blog.
You do not have to be a blogger to nominate titles (though you do have to fill out a very short registration form and verify your email address). Members of the general public can nominate one title each in any or all of the 10 categories (see a roundup of Cybils category descriptions here). Multiple nominations of the same title aren't permitted, and don't help. The handy nomination form will show you if a title has already been nominated, and prompt you to select a different one.
New this year, we are providing publishers, authors, and publicists a separate window to submit their own books after the public nomination period ends. This gives you a chance to see what books have been nominated, and to submit any deserving books that fell through the cracks. See more details in the Cybils FAQs. Publishers and authors can still nominate books that they aren't associated with during the regular nomination period.
There is a tiny amount of glory associated with being the one to first nominate a title - we do display the nominator's name (a display name that you select) with the title. So, stay up late Sunday night, West Coast friends, or get up early Monday, East Coast friends. (I don't know what to tell the Central and Mountain people.) And have your list of favorite titles ready.
Nominations will be open through the end of the day on October 15th. But don't wait! Get there early, and show some love for your favorite books. We're looking for titles, in all categories, that are well-written and kid-friendly, released between Oct. 16, 2011 and Oct. 15, 2012 for the children’s or young adult market.
Head on over to the Cybils blog for more information.