Thursday, March 24, 2011

An Introduction to the 2011 YA Bloggers Book Battle

*Returning visitors: scroll down for the latest updates* 

So what is the YA Bloggers Book Battle?

Well, it started as a crazy idea in 2010. The idea took off and before you know it, I was in the midst of organizing an epic book battle.

The YA Bloggers Book Battle is a bracket-style judging contest. Our 2010 theme featured the best debut work of 2009 (and a little of 2010). This year for 2011 blog readers have chosen the battle theme as the Best Overlooked Book.

Here's how it will work:

People will have a chance to nominate a book of their choice to take place in the battle. After nominations close, the books will be narrowed down by our lovely Round 1 judges. Books that make the cut will be fit into brackets for Round 2 Judges to read.

Starting in early May, each Round 2 judging panel will read the two books in their bracket and choose a winner. One will move on, one will not. It will all come down to two books in a epic book battle to choose the best!

Revised Timeline:
Reading period for Series 1 brackets in Round 2: June 5th-June 18th
Series 2 brackets: June 19th-July 2nd
Series 3 brackets: July 3rd-July 16th
Series 4 brackets: July 17th-July 30th
Series 5 (final bracket): July 31st-August 13th

Updates will periodically be posted here, so if you don't follow the blog, you can bookmark this page and periodically check back to see what's new. 

Latest Updates
6/19 - View the Bracket Winners page to see all winners from Series 1 brackets of Round 2

6/12 - Round 2 Kickoff (and brackets revealed)
6/5 - Organization for Round 2 complete

5/18 - Shortlist announced, battle trailer posted
5/1 - End of Round 1

4/7 - Battle Longlist for Round 1 announced

3/30 - Battle button updated. Grab the new version for your sidebar
3/24 - Nominations open
3/18 - Signups to judge and other volunteers now open
3/17 - 2011 Battle Theme Announced
3/17 - Explanation of 2011 Judging Process posted

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