The 2005 Needle Award Winners!
In the Commercial category: ISN'T THAT BIGAMY by Mike Vogel
In the Literary category: MORNING GLORY'S LONG LOST ORDER OF WORSHIP by Brian Agincourt Massey
Congratulations to both Mike and Brian!
Here are some comments from the judges . . .
On ISN'T THAT BIGAMY:
"This book was laugh-out-loud funny. And it's got St. Martin's written all over it. Too bad I edit memoirs and self-help. Maybe it's time for a career change."
"A gem, totally engrossing and funny. Judging aside, it was a pleasure to read this book. It's a keeper."
"If Carl Hiaasen is looking in his rear-view mirror, that's Mike Vogel he sees fast approaching. What a dynamite little novel."
On MORNING GLORY'S LONG LOST ORDER OF WORSHIP:
"Brian Agincourt Massey has written an unparalleled piece of literature here. From the first page to the last, one word will return to your mind: lovely."
"Holy cow, [Brian Agincourt Massey] is a wordsmith. Slap a Knopf or Viking logo on this and I'd be paying $22.95 for it at Barnes and Noble. What voice!"
"This is one tight novel--error free and perfectly edited--and an absolute treat to read. A marvelous effort."
Congratulations, as well, to the other 2005 nominees:
WAITING FOR THE WORLD TO END by Nicole Hunter
ENVY THE RAIN by Jamie Boud
THE SEARCH FOR AN INAPPROPRIATE MAN by RoseMarie London
DAYS OF GRACE by Mark Falkin
RATED F by Todd C. Noker
GOLEM by Greg Vilk
THE DIDYMUS CONTINGENCY by Jeremy Robinson
ANGEL DUST APOCALYPSE by Jeremy Robert Johnson
And thanks to all the folks who helped this effort, from writing the books to judging them to taking a look at the winners. It's been a wonderful year.