This is the first year for the Carol Award, named for pioneering Bethany House fiction editor, Carol Johnson. Johnson saw the possibility for Christian based stories when she read a charming manuscript written by Janette Oke. That was in the early '80s.
The Carol Award takes over for the former Book of the Year Award -- affectionately called the BOTY.
The awards will be given in September 2010 at the ACFW Conference in Indianapolis.