Prose Bowl 2018

by Jocelyn R.

March is just around the corner, which means it’s once again time for Sno-Isle Libraries’ Prose Bowl. This online competition will decide our communities’ favorite read of 2017. We’ve narrowed it down to 24 of the most popular, recent books (AKA the contenders) and we’re looking for your help to find the winner. The competition begins on March 7.

Here’s how it works:

For three weeks in March, you can go online, look at the match-ups, and then vote for your favorites. Each bracket will be posted on a Wednesday, and be open for one week, closing Tuesdays at 12 pm. As with all such competitions, the contenders will be pared down until only one remains. We’ll announce the winning book on March 28.

Round 1 begins on March 7. In this round, you’ll be voting on your favorite book in six different genres:

  • Crime Fiction
  • General Fiction/Historical Fiction
  • Graphic Novels
  • Nonfiction
  • Romance
  • Speculative Fiction (fantasy & science fiction).

Then, Round 2 will pit the genre winners against each other in three battles:

  • Nonfiction vs. Crime Fiction
  • Romance vs. Fiction/Historical Fiction
  • Graphic Novels vs. Speculative Fiction.

The winners from this round will face off in Round 3.

Prose Bowl Schedule
Wednesday, March 7 – Round 1 – Voting closed
Wednesday, March 14 – Round 2 – Voting now open!
Wednesday, March 21 – Round 3 (Finals)
Wednesday, March 28 – Winner announced

Wondering how we chose the titles for the competition? Well, we considered about 750 books and whittled it down looking for a balance of gender, perspective, and audience. We included both name-brand authors and titles that are popular and recognizable, but might not have achieved mainstream success.

You don’t need a library card to vote, so feel free to share this with your family and friends. Voting begins next Wednesday, on March 7.

Will your favorite win?



2 responses to “Prose Bowl 2018”

  1. T. Sue Epps says:

    Still don’t understand how to vote for my choices.
    Do I place a hold on the book to indicate my vote?

    • Jocelyn Redel says:

      Hi Sue,
      To vote in the Prose Bowl, click on the Round One button near the top of this blog post. Then, once you are on the Round 1 page, you can either click on the green Vote Now button at the top of the page or you can scroll to the bottom of the post and vote in the poll titled, “Prose Bowl-Round 1.” It begins with the Crime Fiction contenders and you can use the scroll bar on the right side to navigate to the genres. Once you’ve chosen your winners scroll to the bottom of the poll, enter your email address and click the done button.

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