It’s time for the Dear Author Bitchery Writing Award for Hellagood Authors or DA BWAHA. For newcomers, this is a tournament of books that mimics the March Madness tournament of basketball. We’ve picked a slate of 64 books in 8 different categories to compete against each other through the next few weeks. We welcome all participants regardless of whether you are an author, reader, reviewer or someone who doesn’t even have an interest in romance books. We encourage authors who have books in the tournament to fill out a bracket and pick yourself to win. There’s no hubris here. Only fun.
From today through Wednesday, March 18, 2009, you will be able to fill out your bracket. You can change your bracket selection at anytime prior to the end of March 18, 2009, 11:00 PM EST.
We will not be able to accept any late brackets because of the software limitations (i.e., we put in a deadline in the software program and that controls the entry of brackets). If you have already pre registered, you will be able to pick your name from the dropdown box.
There is always going to be a slight delay in the appearance of your bracket sheet because we download the results and then upload them.
The goal in picking up the bracket is to guess which book will beat the other in a head to head matchup. You never know who will win. Last year’s championship match was between Colleen Gleason’s The Rest Falls Away and Nora Roberts’ High Noon. Laura D won with a pick percentage of 68% correct and a total of 6 points separated Laura D from the runner up, Amy R. Nora, one of the few authors that participated last year, tied for 15 with a pick percentage of 63%.
On March 19, 2009, you’ll need to go to the voting site http://dabwaha.com/blog and vote for your winners and encourage others to vote for the books you’ve chosen.
There are going to be prizes for all rounds this year. The top scoring bracket sheet at each round will win a prize. These are listed in the sidebar at the voting site. The major prize is a Sony Reader which will be given to both the top scoring bracket sheet of the tournament and the winning author.
Harlequin has set up a special page for the series books. You can select individual books or just “add all” to the cart. You’ll get a cool 30% off whatever you put in the cart from this selection. Fictionwise is generously donating a $100 Gift Certificate and will be providing a special purchase page for all the DA BWAHA books that are in ebook format. Samhain is offering a $50 GC to any online bookstore to promote ebook reading.
But this contest is not really about the prizes. No, it’s about pride. If you’ve got a question, want to crack on our picks, do some trash talking, harangue us for the seedings, have at it in the comments.