To read all the rules and definitions for every category, go here!
YA only (No NA, No Middle Grade, No Adult, NO EXCEPTIONS)
Indie: The indie category includes any crush in a self-published novel or any crush from a small publisher like Entangled, Spencer Hill, Inkspell, etc. If the book is published by traditional New York Publisher, then it does not fit in this category. Furthermore, if a book started out as a self-pubbed book, but then got picked up by a major publisher, it NO LONGER qualifies for this category. Here is the definition from the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group: "The term 'indie' traditionally refers to the independent art--music, film, literature or anything that fits under the broad banner of culture--created outside of the mainstream and without corporate financing. Although many independent book publishing companies are incorporated, they are independent of the major conglomerates that dominate the book publishing industry. Independent book publishers include small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors."
PLEASE note the format to use when submitting nominations.
INDIE nominations ONLY
INDIE nominations ONLY
NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED
**Previous winners of the tournament are ineligible to participate.
**You can nominate 6 crushes from each category on the specified blogs. We will take the top 6 from each category. If a crush makes it into the top 6 of more than 1 category, he will be placed in the category in which he received the most votes.
**After the nominations are complete, we will have a wild card vote. The 7th-9th places in each category will be taken, and we will have a vote off on YA Sisterhood to determine the final 4 spots in the tournament. This will leave us with a 28 seed tournament with the 1st crush in each category getting a bye in the first round.
**This year we’re limiting it to 1 character per author in the tournament. You can still nominate more than 1 character from an author. However, once nominations are finalized, if more than 1 character is nominated from an author, we will only take the character with the highest votes. We realize that this might upset some of you because you love many characters, some of which are written by the same author. But the goal of this tournament has always been to introduce new books and new characters to readers, so we want to share the love. So you’ll have to decide which team you’re on, and make your votes count.
**This year, advocate sign-ups will be after nominations, May 28th - June 1st. (more on advocates will come later)
**Keep it clean. Keep it respectful. We have no problem banning you from the tourney. We’ve had MAJOR drama issues in the past, and even though we swore we weren’t going to do another tourney, we’re back because we love books and we love authors and we love you. But PLEASE… this time… let’s leave the hate and drama at the door.
DISCLAIMER: We reserve the right to add or adjust any rules as needed during the tournament.