Collecting Nominations for the 2014 Brodie Awards!!!


Nominations for William Law X-Mormon of the Year 2014 are going well — and now it’s time for the biggest event of Main Street Plaza‘s yearly calendar!! It’s time to recognize the best LDS-interest content published and posted to the Internet in the past year!!

As usual, the precise list of award categories will depend on your suggestions and on the types of content that were especially strong in 2014. To give you ideas, I’ll list off last year’s categories. Feel free to browse through the winner buttons in the sidebar for further ideas of categories that might potentially yield awards this year.

Year-long awards for people and websites:

  • Best New Blog
  • Best Discussion Forum
  • Best Humor/Satire Site or Blog
  • Best faithful-perspective Mormon Blog
  • Best LDS-Interest Audio/Video Channel/Series

Awards for Individual Works:

  • Best LDS-Interest Book (Novel)
  • Best LDS-Interest Book (Short Fiction Collection)
  • Best LDS-Interest Book (Memoir)
  • Best LDS-Interest Book (General Non-fiction)
  • Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image
  • Best Mormon-Themed Meme
  • Best Poem
  • Best Musical Work
  • Best Post Title
  • Funniest Humor Piece
  • Most Poignant Personal Story
  • Best LDS Journey Story
  • Best Moving on from Mormonism Discussion
  • Best Original Research Regarding Mormonism
  • Best History Piece
  • Best Philosophical/Theological Discussion
  • Best Scripture Study Series
  • Best LDS Church Watch
  • Best LDS-Related Political Commentary
  • Best Response to Apologetics
  • Most Interesting Interfaith Interaction
  • Best Religion-and-Race Discussion
  • Best Religion-and-Gender Discussion
  • Best Religion-and-Homosexuality Discussion
  • Best Erotic or Sexual Piece
  • Best Review
  • Best Recipe

And here are the nomination guidelines:

  • Please nominate as many people, sites, and articles as you want. However, please do not nominate more than two individual works by any one author.
  • You are encouraged to nominate your own works. No one knows better than you do which pieces were your best. No more than two, though.
  • Please nominate works that first appeared during 2014.
  • Please try to nominate people and works that have some connection with Mormonism or with Outer Blogness (eg. either the work touches on Mormonism, or the author is a current or former Mormon and/or is an active participant in our community).
  • A category must have at least three nominations in order to be included in the voting and awards phase.
  • You may suggest your own categories — however please do it as early as possible in the nominations process, to give others plenty of time to add nominations in your proposed categories.
  • Any other proposed changes to the categories or to the guidelines are welcome — feel free to discuss it in the comments.
  • The nominations will be open for two weeks (or two-and-a-half, depending on my procrastination schedule). I will reorganize the categories and add my own nominations a few days before creating the polls to allow you to get in last nominations in the final list of categories.

I can’t wait to review all of the best works from 2014!!!

69 thoughts on “Collecting Nominations for the 2014 Brodie Awards!!!

  1. Best Discussion Forum: exmormon subreddit

    Best LDS-Interest Book: Amercian Crucifixion by Alex Beam

    Best History Piece: FMH Year of Polygamy series by Lindsay Park et al. The entire series is excellent and would work as a college level course. It is the most outstanding contribution this year, in my opinion.

  2. Best History Piece: Mormon Expression episode #280, “Mormonism and the Red scare.” John Larsen et al.

    Best Response to Apologetics: a blog post responding to Greg Trimble by Mithryn.

    Best Response to Apologetics: Mormon Expression episode #276 “How to build a transoceanic vessel.” by John Larsen et al.

    Best Moving on from Mormonism Discussion: Mormon Expression episode #283, “How we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that the church isn’t true.” by John Larsen et al.

    Most Poignant Personal Story: I found out too late. by _Wilted_Flower

    Most Interesting Interfaith Interaction: My kids vs. Grandma in an epic truth battle. by greyghostmachine.

    Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image: …on Kate Kelly’s pending excommunication. by Pat Bagley.

    Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image: Hey, Stan! Don’t speak evil of the Lord’s anointed! recaptioning the famous South Park episode by 4blockhead.

  3. @1 I think that’s probably a good category for it — what a story!

    @2 & @3 Thanks for the great start!!

    Once upon a time, some other discussion fora had a serious competition for this award. Now it’s starting to look like it will be impossible for anyone but the exmormon subreddit to ever win again… 😉

  4. Also, I forgot to post my usual warning:

    Please include the relevant links in all of your nominations. But be aware that the blog software will probably flag your nominations as spam if they include more than three links. There are three possible ways of dealing with this problem:

    1. Post your nominations as a series of shorter comments, or
    2. Post a link-free comment warning me about your nomination submission, and I’ll fish it out of the spam queue, or
    3. if all else fails, email me: chanson dot exmormon at gmail dot com.

    But if you don’t see your comment, don’t get the idea that your nominations were intentionally rejected — they weren’t!

  5. @6 I wasn’t even aware of that one! I’ll have to add it to Outer Blogness!

    This is one of the things I like about Brodie season — I try to find all the new blogs myself, but there are always a few I miss. 😉

  6. Best LDS-Interest Audio/Video Channel/Series:
    or Brother Jake

    Best Humor/Satire Site or Blog:
    or Brother Jake

    Most Poignant Personal Story:
    Nick Bigney –

    Best Review: or,

    Funniest Humor Piece:

    By the way, any chance you could fix the banner/link to infants on thrones on “other cool site” section? It just takes me to the banner picture. Thanks!

  7. Thanks for all the nominations — keep ’em coming! 😀

    @16 Thanks for catching that link error. It’s fixed now. It was probably like ever since I added it to the sidebar. lol, embarrassing.

  8. Best New Blog:Godless Doctrine
    Best Discussion Forum: Reddit Ex-Mormon
    Best LDS-Interest Audio/Video Channel/Series Infants on Thrones

  9. Best response to apologetics: Debunking FAIR’s Debunking (

    Jeremy launched this in February 2014.

  10. Hooray! It’s time for the Brodies again. Chanson you are awesome for doing this.

    I nominate Sheep Dip for best new blog and for best humor blog.

    Johnny Townsend has an astounding 4 books out this year! All are short story collections, although Gayrabian Nights includes stories by authors besides himself. The other 3 are his works entirely.

    Behind the Zion Curtain

    Selling the City of Enoch

    Gayrabian Nights

    A Day at the Temple

  11. Weird Mormon Shit

    Weird finds from old Improvement Era magazines mixed in with other, uniquely mormon shit.

    Items include Spencer Kimball’s conference talk where he joked that white missionaries are regularly donating blood to a hospital in order to hasten the work of turning Native Americans’ skin white.

    This is the level of weird we’re talking about.

  12. I’ll nominate my review of Johnny Townsend’s “Selling the City of Enoch” for Best Review.

    Also for Best Moving on from Mormonism, Postmormon Girl’s “Re-learning Normal: Post-Mormon Edition.”

    I was going to nominate Against the Greater Light for Best Scripture Study Series, but noticed it’s already up here. 🙂

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