Fresh Fiction Reader Awards

The Fresh Fiction Reader Awards is the culmination of years of reader nominated Fresh Picks on This is our third year presenting the awards. All the books in each category, including the Readers & ‘ritas award, have a release date between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017. The genre categories are voted on by Fresh Fiction reviewers, Fresh Pick newsletter subscribers, the Fresh Fiction event committee, and Readers & ‘ritas attendees.

Fresh Fiction Reader Awards Categories

Contemporary: The story takes places in this decade; the age of the primary characters can range from high school to much older. The degree of romance can be hinted or full on erotic. There should be some type of relationship between characters.

Crime Fiction: The suspense is the primary driver in this fiction. The suspense can be low key to heart pounding action.

Faith & Family: A broad category spanning fiction with a strong inspirational message. From faith based to exploring relationships between family, friends and life.

Paranormal: Shape-shifters to psychic ability, romantic to suspense to horror

Historical: The setting is in the past, anything set earlier than 2000 is historical. Can also include romance, mystery, suspense as long as it’s based in the past.

Science Fiction / Fantasy:  The fiction is set in a world that doesn’t exist, it might exist but probably not.

Readers & ‘ritas: Voted for on-site at Readers & ‘ritas. Only includes books by the attending authors.