The 2020 Swoon Awards Nominations Round

Monday, November 16, 2020

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Welcome to the first annual Swoon Awards! 

Today, we are officially launching the first nominations round. This first round will last from November 16th to 11.59 pm EST on December 31st. All and top nominations will be revealed on January 4th, 2021.

To get your nominations in, please fill and submit the Cognito Form below. Please make sure to have your complete list of nominations before submitting the form as we are only allowing one submission form per voter. Once you have submitted your form, you will not be allowed to make any changes to your nominations.

Before you get started, take a minute to carefully review the following rules and regulations. 

Nominations Round Rules & Regulations

❧ You are allowed UNLIMITED book submissions in this round for each category.

❧ You MAY skip categories if you do not wish to nominate any books in those categories. 

❧ All nominees MUST be published between the months of December 2019 to December 2020.
Special Note: You MAY nominate books that were released prior to Dec 2019, but re-published in 2020 with significant changes.

❧ All nominees MUST be classified as romance

❧ All nominees MUST have a HEA or HFN

❧ Acceptable forms of publishing for nominations: Traditional, Indie, or Self-Pub

❧  The categories, Historical, Contemporary, Fantasy, PNR/UF, Romantic Suspense, Sci-Fi, Erotic, YA, Novella, Anthology, and Holiday, are MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE categories. For instance, this means that you may not nominate the same book in contemporary and PNR/UF.

❧  The categories from the previous rule are NOT MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE with the categories: Debut, Audiobook Narration, Best Cover, and Book of the Year. This means, for instance, that you may nominate the same book for Historical and Best Cover.

We will show you the rules again in the form. 


Please note that we are also asking for a specific format when typing in your entries in the submission box to make the tallying process smoother for us. We ask that you submit one book per line and that you use the following format:

Book Name by Author Name

The Road to Happily Ever After by Nikita Duncan
The Wolf's Sexy Mate by Sienna Lauren

Please view the screenshot below for an example entry.
Screenshot of the form that shows the submission box. Each title and author are submitted on an individual line.


❧ Please note that the Cognito Form will track your IP address to ensure a single submission per entrant. This information will only be used for the purpose of validation of the votes. We will NOT share this information with anyone under any circumstances.

❧ As avid romance readers ourselves, the Swoonies team members will also be casting ballots. We will follow the same rules and regulations as every entrant.

❧ The Swoon Awards are not sponsored or affiliated with any partners.

Submission Form

If you have any unanswered questions or concerns or encounter any issues, you can email The Swoonies team using the contact form in the sidebar or you can DM us on Twitter.

A comment about accessibility:
The Cognito Form guidelines suggest that their forms are optimized for screen readers. If you encounter any issue, please email us and we will help you submit your nominations.

Alright, are you ready? 

Grab your nominations list, and submit the form below:

Congratulations on casting your 2020 #TheSwoonies vote! 
Be sure to let everyone know that you voted by using the Twitter link below!

Don't forget to come back on January 4th, 2021 to see if your picks made it to the semi-finals round!