Tuesday, September 27, 2022

2023 Swoony Awards Eligibility Guidelines

The Swoony Awards are a Reader’s Choice Award recognizing excellence in clean secular, wholesome romance. We wanted a way to show our appreciation to these awesome authors who write the kind of books that we love. It’s also a great way to find new books and a good go-to when looking for something fun to read.


-ONLY books PUBLISHED December 1, 2022 – November 30, 2023 are eligible.
-Intimacy: No sex, no/low closed door/fade-to-black, no/low innuendo, nothing crude or crass. G-PG13.
-Language: None/mild (No F words) nothing overly crude.
-Violence: Mild/low.
-Page Count: 100 pages or higher, anthologies are okay. No short stories. No collections.
-Age: Only Young Adult, New Adult and Adult. NO children’s or middle grade.
-Religious: No Christian Fiction (mild religious content will be allowed).

The Swoony's will not be accepting nominations from ghostwriters, scammers, book stuffers or click farmers. As we come across these "authors" they will be removed from the nomination list. If you are aware of any of these profiles, please let us know so I can add them to our ever growing list.

Thank you for your participation!

While we check each book added to make sure it meets our eligibility requirements, we have not personally read every book on the list to verify the level of content. We allow books that generally fall between G-PG13 rated.

Award Hosts: Kathy from Bookworm Nation and Katie from Hiding in the Pages