I just wanted to make you all aware of the schedule NHYA 2011 will be following:  

First round: 13th June – 29th June
Second round: 11th July – 27th July
Third round: 1st August – 7th August
Fourth round: 22nd August – 24th August
Final: 12 September

Bracket graphics are being set up, to make it easy for you to follow the contest and will be available on the blog soon.

Following our Twitter feed means you’ll never miss a  judging decision.

The consultants have completed the tough job of narrowing down the nominations for the 2011 Nerds Heart YA tournament. In alphabetical order here’s our Nerds Heart YA short-list for 2011:

A Love Story Starring My Dead Best Friend – Emily Horner
Abe in Arms -  Pegi Dietz Shea
Bamboo People -  Mitali Perkins
Bleeding Violet – Dia Reeves
Dark Water -  Laura McNeal
Dirty Little Secrets – CJ Omololu
Efrain’s Secret – Sofia Quintero
Eighth Grade Superzero – Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich
Finding Family – Tonya Bolden
Five Flavors of Dumb – Antony John
How I Made it to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story – Tracy White
Invisible Girl – Mary Hanlon Stone
Jumpstart the World – Catherine Ryan Hyde
Last Summer of the Death Warriors – Francisco Stork
Mindblind – Jennifer Roy
Paper Daughter – Jeannette Ingold
Premiere – Melody Carlson
Pull – B. A. Binns
Stargazer – Von Allan
Stringz – Michael Wenberg
Summer Song – Louise Blaydon
Tall Story – Candy Gourlay
Teenie – Christopher Grant
Tell Us We’re Home – Marina Budhos
The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin – Josh Berk
The End: five Queer Kids Save the World – Nora Olsen
The Kid Table – Andrea Seigel
The Red Umbrella – Christina Gonzalez
Toads and Diamonds – Heather Tomlinson
What My Momma Left Me – Renee Watson
When The Stars Go Blue – Caridad Ferrer
Where the Truth Lies – Jessica Warman

So what do you think of the short-list? Are you excited about Nerds Heart YA 2011?

I’ll be back shortly to announce the judging schedule for the tournament and then this contest will get rolling as our judges hunker down with some quality YA to make a bunch of hard decisions. Until then please spread the word about our short-list :)

We have now closed the judging application process. All judges will be informed over the next week.

Now comes the most exciting part. It’s time for you to nominate the books that you would like to see in the 2011 Nerds Heart YA tournament.

Who can nominate ?

Judges (the organisers will work to make sure that judges do not judge any books they may nominate)

Bloggers

All enthusiastic readers

When can I nominate books?

Nominations are open from 14th February 2011 to midnight GMT on 7th March 2011.

What are the criteria ?

 To qualify for Nerds Heart YA 2011 a book must:

 Have been published between Jan 1st 2010 and Dec 31st 2010

Contain significant characters that fit into at least one of the seven categories of under represented groups that the Nerds Heart YA organisers have identified, or have been written by an author who comes from within one of these groups of people

Be young adult fiction

Be a book that you feel has been under represented by book blog coverage

How do I nominate books?

Follow the link through to the nomination form and fill it out (NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2011). You will need to fill out a separate form for each book nominated.

What happens after the nominations close?

The long list is collated by the organisers and sent off to our team of consultants who will choose the 32 books that will take part in the Nerds Heart YA 2011 tournament. On 3rd of April 2011 the shortlist will be announced and judges will be told which books they need to read.

Is anything happening besides the tournament this year?

We have some exciting new side projects in the works that we hope will Nerds Heart YA even more fun this year.

Have a think and then get nominating (NOMINATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED FOR 2011). We want the biggest, brightest possible field of books for our consultants to choose from.

2011: Read the change you want to see.

The Nerds Heart YA tournament is back for 2011!

Now in its third year Nerds Heart YA will continue to bring attention to books that have received less attention in the book blogging world.

Through a bracket style competition, judges who are passionate about getting more visibility for fantastic, under represented books will whittle down a shortlist of thirty two young adult novels until one ultimate winner is given the Nerds Heart YA sash and sceptre.

It’s not just about the winner though, Nerds Heart YA seeks to draw attention to all the books on the shortlist. The contest focuses specifically on books that in some way represent groups of people who are typically under represented in YA fiction. We hope that everyone who participates in this contest will find lots of new books to enjoy that will expand the diversity of their reading experience.

We need your help!

In 2011 you can get involved by applying to judge a bracket. Each judge will read two books (which they must obtain themselves) and decide which book should move on in the contest. Think of the power!

Applications for judges will be taken between 28th January – 14th February. For details on becoming a judge and to apply please see in the application form. Applications for judges have now closed for 2011.

Nominations for books to be included in the Nerds Heart YA tournament will open once we have our judges.

‘Last Night I Sang to the Monster’ by Benjamin Alire Saenz! PresentingLenore declared this book the winner of Nerds Heart YA 2010 today.

Congratulations to our winner and to all our nominated authors and their books. We really hope everyone has enjoyed Neard Heart YA 2010 and that you’re excited to read some of the under publicised titles we’ve highlighted this year. I know I’m slowly working my way through the list of titles.

Thanks to all our judges, authors and those who’ve been following the contest for your support. We hope you’ll all follow the contest next year, when we predict it will be even bigger, brighter and better.

PresentingLenore has experienced some unreliable internet bookseller behaviour and the books she needs to pick the winner for Nerds Heart YA have not arrived yet!

The winner will now be revealed on 17th September. Hopefully the books will get to her soon. Let’s all cross our fingers and wish her good luck in deciding on a winner.

Can you believe the semis are here?

Four book came in, only two can leave and go on to be judged by Presenting Lenore in the final on 3rd September.

Bart’s Bookshelf judged ‘In Mike We Trust’ by PE Ryan and ‘Say the Word’ by Jeaninnne Garsee.

‘Say the Word’ moves on.

I’m Booking it judged ‘Rowan the Strange’ by Julie Hearn and ‘Last Night I Sang to the Monster’ by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

‘Last Night I Sang to the Monster’ moves on.

And that’s it, we have our finalists!

As we move on to the third round it’s all getting a bit tense.

Theres a Book judged ‘In Mike We Trust’ by P E Ryan and ‘Alligator Bayou’ by Donna Jo Napoli.

‘In Mike We Trust’ moves on.

Frenetic Reader judged ‘Gringolandia’ by Lyn Miller-Lachmann and ‘Say the Word’ by Jeannine Garsee.

‘Say the Word’ moves on.

Emily’s Room judged ‘Last Night I Sang to the Monster’ by Benjamin Alire Saenz and ‘Beautiful’ by Amy Reed.

‘Last Night I Sang to the Monster’ moves on.

Bloggin’ ‘Bout Books judged ‘Skunk Girl’ by Sheba Karim and ‘Rowan the Strange’ by Julie Hearn.

‘Rowan the Strange’ moves on.

Second round decisions beging to come in now. Let’s see what will make it through to the third round.

Book Nut judged ‘In Mike We Trust’ by PE Ryan and ‘Donut Days’ by Lara Zielin.

‘In Mike We Trust’ moves on.

Yannabe judged ‘Aligator Bayou’ by Donna Jo Napoli and ‘Evil?’ by Timothy Carter.

‘Alligator Bayou’ moves on.

Devourer of Books judged ‘Funny How Things Change’ by Melissa Wyatt and ‘Gringolandia’ by Lynn Miller-Lachmann.

‘Gringolandia’ moves on.

The Happy Nappy Bookseller judged ‘Almost Pefect’ by Brian Katcher and ‘Say the Word’ by Jeannine Garsee.

‘Say the Word’ moves on.

Bookalicious judged ‘Purple Heart’ by Patricia McCormick and ‘Last Night I Sang to the Monster’ by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

‘Last Night I Sang to the Monster’ moves on.

Tales of a Capricious Reader judged ‘Beautiful’ by Amy Reed and ‘Me, Just Beautiful’ by Stephanie Morril.

‘Beautiful’ moves on.

Persnickety Snark judged ‘Wanting Mor’ by Rukhsana Khan and ‘Skunk Girl’ by Sheba Karim

‘Skunk Girl’ moves on.

The Zen Leaf judged ‘Rowan the Strange’ by Julie Hearn and ‘The Vast Fields of Ordinary’ by Nick Burd.

‘Rowan the Strange’ moves on.

Below is a visual representation of how the round three brackets are shaping up.  We’ll be updating this image regularly as more titles advance.

The schedule for posting decisions for remaining rounds is as follows:

Round Three:

27th July: Theres a Book
2rd August: Frenetic Reader
7th August: Emily’s Reading Room
12th August: Blogging Bout Books

Round Four

16th August: Bart’s Bookshelf
20th August: I’m Booking It

Final

3rd September: Presenting Lenore

Here’s to a great tournament so far and more awesomeness to come!

The first round of NerdsHeartYA is underway. If you want to know which books are progressing keep checking this post, where we’ll be posting all the decisions:

Puss Reboots and Heidenkind’s Hideaway judged ‘Pure’ by Tera Elan McVoy and ‘In Mike We Trust’ by P. E. Ryan.

‘In Mike We Trust’ moves on.

Bookish Blather and Arch Thinking judged ‘The World is Mine’ by Lyah B. LeFlore and ‘Donut Days’ by Lara Zielin.

‘Donut Days’ moves on.

Birdbrain(ed) Book Blog and Opinionated? Me? judged ‘Evil?’ by Timothy Carter and ‘The Devil’s Kiss’ by Sarwat Chadda.

‘Evil?’ moves on.

Rhapsody in Books judged ‘Alligator Bayou’ by Donna Jo Napoli and ‘Medina Hill’ by Trilby Kent.

‘Alligator Bayou’ moves on.

Good Books and Good Wine judged ‘Guantanamo Boy’ by Anna Perera and ‘Gringolandia’ by Lynn Miller-Lachmann.

‘Gringolandia’ moves on.

Pineapples and Pyjamas judged ‘Funny How Things Change’ by Melissa Wyatt and ‘Tilmon County Fire’ by Pamela Ehrenberg.

‘Funny How Things Change’ moves on.

Regular Ruminations judged ‘Say the Word’ by Jeannine Garsee and ‘Once You Go Back’ by Douglas A Martin.

‘Say the Word’ moves on.

BethFishReads judged ‘The Rock and the River’ by Kelka Magoon and ‘Almost Perfect’ by Brain Katchner.

‘Almost Perfect’ moves on.

Melanie’s Musings judged ‘Jumped’ by Rita Williams-Garcia and ‘Last Night I Sang to the Monster’ by Benjamin Alire Saenz.

‘Last Night I Sang to the Monster’ moves on.

Book Addiction and Read What You Know judged ‘Purple Heart’ by Patricia McCormick and ‘In The Path of Falling Objects’ by Andrew Smith.

‘Purple Heart’ moves on.

BOOKLUST judged ‘Blessing’s Bead’ by Debby Dahl Edwardson and ‘Wanting Mor’ by Rukhsana Khan.

‘Wanting Mor’ moves on.

valentina’s room judged ‘Shine, Coconut Moon’ by Neesha Meminger and ‘Skunk Girl’ by Sheba Karim.

‘Skunk Girl’ moves on.

Linus’s Blanket and writemeg! judged ‘Lost’ by Jacqueline Davies and ‘Rowan the Strange’ by Julie Hearn.

‘Rowan the Strange’ moves on.

Neverending Shelf judged ‘Border Crossing’ by Jessica Lee Anderson and ‘The Vast Fields of Ordinary’ by Nick Burd.

‘The Vast Fields of Ordinary’ moves on.

Below is a visual representation of how the round two brackets are shaping up.  We’ll be updating this image regularly as more titles advance.

The schedule for posting second round decisions is as follows:

July 5 – Book Nut
July 7 – Yannabe
July 9 – Devourer of Books
July 11 – The Happy Nappy Bookseller
July 13 – Bookalicious
July 15 – Tales of a Capricious Reader
July 17 – Persnickety Snark
July 19 – The Zen Leaf

Here’s to a fabulous second round!

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