The Southern Pen Bookshop Hosted the Second Annual Georgia Independent Author of The Year Awards
(Monroe, Georgia -September 2020) The Southern Pen Bookshop hosted the second annual Georgia Independent Author of The Year Awards (GIAYA) at Kaity’s Downtown on Saturday – September 26th. This is the second year for The Southern Pen Bookshop to recognize Georgia’s Independent Authors.
GIAYA is the only award in the state that recognizes authors who have chosen a non-traditional path to publishing their books. This group of authors were excluded two years prior for consideration for the Georgia Author of the Year award sponsored by the Georgia Writers Association. It was this decision that prompted Vickie Bley, owner of The Southern Pen Bookshop, to sponsor the Georgia Independent Author of the Year award.
Seven categories were recognized this year and included: First Book, Historical Fiction, Romance, Memoir, Young Adult, Short Story and Mystery. Each category recognized a first-place winner and finalist. The winners and finalists for each category are:
Winner: Tarrant Smith (Rutledge) – The Love of Gods Finalist: Georgiana Fields (Dacula) – Crimson Haze
Winner: Genie Bernstein (Athens) – Skating on The Septic Tank Finalist: Susan Lindsley (Decatur) – Big Foot and Other Stories
Winner: Christy Breedlove (Monroe) – When Bees Buzz
Finalist: John W. Long (Cumming) – Red Blood on White Cotton
Winner: Marlene Ratledge Buchanan (Loganville) – Life is Hard Soften It with Laughter Finalist: Lorelai Watson (Adairsville) – Ain’t Nothing But The Devil
Winner: M. M. Rodeheaver (Byron) – Porkington Hamm Finalist: Marlena Frank (Cumming) – Stolen
Winner: Anne Armistead (Peachtree Corners) – With Kisses from Cecile Finalist: Tim Westover (Grayson) – Winter Sisters
Winner: Michelle Watson (Snellville) – Peaceful Mind, Healthy Body Finalist: Shakira Lynn (Athens) – Follow My Journey
Submissions for 2021 GIAYA will open on October 1st through The Southern Pen Bookshop’s website. The Southern Pen Bookshop is located inside the Monroe Mercantile in downtown Monroe. They feature titles by independent and self-published authors and carry many genres. TheSouthernPenBookshop.com
If you would like more information about this topic please contact Vickie Bley 470 270 0396 or via firstname.lastname@example.org.