CLMP announces 2014 Firecracker Award winners


some boys patty blountThe Community of Literary Magazines and Presses announced their 2014 Firecracker Award winners, naming Some Boys by Patty Blount their best YA novel of the past year.

In Some Boys, Grace accuses the town’s golden boy of raping her. When Grace meets Ian, she assumes he’ll reject her like the rest of town has, but he doesn’t. Instead, he gives her the courage to fight back – even if he is Zac’s best friend.

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses presents the Firecracker Awards to independent novels from independent and self-published authors with “smoldering” literary merit. The judges for the young adult division were author Katie Coyle, agent Sarah LaPolla, and powerHouse Arena’s book buyer Jordan Nielsen.

Other nominated titles for the Firecracker Award included Ransom Riggs’ Hollow City, Melanie Bishop’s My So-Called Ruined Life, Patricia Dunn’s Rebels by Accident, and Jennie Wood’s A Boy Like Me.

Did you read and love Some Boys? Sound off in the comments below!

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  1. Thanks for mentioning My So-Called Ruined Life as one of the YA finalists for Firecracker Awards! Tate McCoy and I were honored to be among so many fine authors/characters/books. Right after those awards were announced, I found out MSCRL was also in the top five for the John Gardner Award in Fiction, sponsored by Binghamton University. The winner there was Natalie Hartnett for a book called The Hollow Ground, which looks great. And I can’t wait to read Some Boys. Both are on my list this summer! Thanks again for the mention of my book. If you send me your snail mail, I will send you a complimentary copy. Best, Melanie