Time for the 2015 Brodie Awards nominations!!

Last week we started collecting nominations for the William Law X-Mormon of the Year 2015, 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!!

These awards have been a fun way of catching up on the past year since 2009, and have been growing in popularity every year. We’re counting on you to nominate your favorite works from 2015 — so they can receive the additional recognition they deserve!

The guidelines have pretty much stabilized, but I’m still open to suggestions if you have good ideas for changes. Here’s how it works:

The precise list of award categories will depend on your suggestions and on the types of content that were especially strong in 2015. To give you ideas, I’ll list off last year’s categories, but feel free to browse through the winner buttons in the sidebar for further ideas of categories that might potentially yield awards this year — and invent your own categories!

Year-long awards for people and websites:

  • Best New Blog
  • Best Discussion Forum
  • Best Humor/Satire Site, Blog, or Channel
  • Best LDS-Interest Audio/Video Channel
  • Best LDS Church Watch/Analysis Blog or Website
  • Best Scripture Study Blog/Podcast
  • Best faithful-perspective Mormon Blog

Awards for Individual Works:

  • Best LDS-Interest Book (Fiction)
  • Best LDS-Interest Book (Non-fiction)
  • Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image
  • Best Mormon-Themed Meme
  • Most fantastic r/mormon AMA
  • Best Post Title
  • Funniest Humor Piece
  • Most Poignant Personal Story
  • Best Exit Story
  • Best Moving On from Mormonism Piece
  • Best Original Research Regarding Mormonism
  • Best LDS Church Watch Piece
  • Best Podcast Series or Episode
  • Best Response to Apologetics
  • Most Interesting Interfaith Interaction
  • Best Religion-and-Race Discussion
  • Best Religion-and-Gender Discussion
  • Best Religion-and-Orientation Post
  • Best Erotic or Sexual Piece
  • Best History Piece
  • Most Insightful Commentary on the CoJCoL-dS
  • Best Philosophical/Theological Discussion
  • Best Parody/Metaphor/Analogy
  • Best Poem
  • 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 2015.
  • 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 until January 22, 2016. I will finalize the categories and add my own nominations on January 18, 2016.

I can’t wait to review all of the best works from 2015!!!

chanson

C. L. Hanson is the friendly American ExMormon atheist mom living in Switzerland! See "letters from a broad" for further adventures!!

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50 Responses

  1. chanson says:

    p.s. Sorry about the delay — I meant to launch this two days ago, but I got caught up in New Years’ festivities with my family. 😀

  2. Julie says:

    Best New Blog: Zelph on the Shelf

    Best New Podcast: Naked Mormonism Podcast

    Best Discussion Forum: exmormon reddit

    Best Church Watch Blog / Podcast: Zelph on the Shelf

    Best Humor / Satire Blog or Channel: Brother Jake

    Best Scripture Study Blog / Podcast: My Book of Mormon Podcast

    Most Fantastic /r/Mormon AMA: Infants on Thrones AMA

    Funniest Humor Piece: infants Sing Disney (infants on thrones)

  3. Christina says:

    Best Sexual Piece…The Cycle of Misattributed Victory over Self-Abuse by Thoughts on Things and Stuff

    Humor or Insightful Commentary…Church Offers Premium Membership Plan by Zelph on the Shelf

  4. chanson says:

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

    BTW, everyone — please remember to include links to all of your nominations. I can probably find most of them, but it really adds up to a lot of work if I have to track down all the nominations.

    Keep in mind that adding links to your nomination comment can cause your comment to get caught in the spam filter. If this happens, either email me (chanson dot exmormon at gmail dot com), or add a comment with no links alerting me to the fact that your nomination comment did not appear.

    Also note: if you split your nominations into multiple comments (about three links per comment), it will probably not be caught in the spam filter.

  5. chanson says:

    Hmm, maybe these coloring pages for best cartoon or image…?

  6. Julie says:

    Sure, I will nominate honest coloring pages for best image 🙂

  7. I’d like to nominate Levi Leuven and my podcast, the Flying Spaghetti Mormon, as the “Best LDS Church Watch/Analysis” podcast for 2015.

    You can find us at http://www.flyingspaghettimormon.com.

  8. chanson says:

    @7 Looks very cool!

    This is one of the things I love about Brodie season — I learn about so many new blogs and podcasts!! I will add yours to my own listening list (in addition to adding you to the Brodie nominations list).

  9. Julie says:

    On that note, I would like to nominate Flying Speghetti Mormon’s “Porn Doesn’t Kill Love, but Ballard Does” for best title. 🙂

  10. Nominations:

    ** Best LDS Church Watch/Analysis Blog or Website

    Thoughts On Things and Stuff

    ** Best Response to Apologetics

    Defending the Expositor – Response to Brian Hales on Women Damned for Rejecting Joseph (http://thoughtsonthingsandstuff.com/topics/thoughts-on-the-nauvoo-expositor/defending-the-expositor-response-to-brian-hales-on-women-damned-for-rejecting-joseph/)

    ** Best Religion-and-Race Discussion

    The Stewart Udall Sequence (http://thoughtsonthingsandstuff.com/topics/thoughts-on-race-in-mormon-history/the-stewart-udall-sequence/)

  11. Jhh says:

    Best Religion-and-Gender Discussion

    What Mormon Women Get – Credit to Jamie Hanis Handy and Mormon Stories Podcast

    http://thoughtsonthingsandstuff.com/what-mormon-women-get/

  12. Julie says:

    What Mormon Women Get should win that category, hands down.

  13. jason says:

    http://thoughtsonthingsandstuff.com/george-romney-and-the-delbert-stapley-letter/
    Best race and the priesthood article.

    All the posts on this site are excellent. The race and the priesthood posts are well researched and well thought out.

  14. Jeremy says:

    Best original research: Naked Mormonism Episode 12, Joseph Smith: Disorderly Disgrace

    Best Humor / Satire: http://infantsonthrones.com/church-house-rock-polly-polly-gamy/

  15. 4blockhead says:

    Best Discussion Forum: exmormon subreddit

    Best Humor/Satire Site, Blog, or Channel: [a href=”http://infantsonthrones.com/”>Infants on Thrones

    Best LDS-Interest Book (Non-fiction): Moroni and the Swastika by David C. Nelson

    Best Podcast Series or Episode: John Dehlin’s Mormon Stories. Highlights were interviews with the Marisa and Carson Calderwood, Kristy Money, and President of the Community of Christ, Stephen Veazey.

    Best Original Research Regarding Mormonism: Thoughts and Stuff delving into the Stewart Udall archive.

    Best Religion-and-Race Discussion: Thoughts and Stuff delving into the Stewart Udall archive.

  16. 4blockhead says:

    Best History Piece: Thoughts and Stuff Raiders of the Lost Archives: The JFS Affidavit Books

    Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image: Examining the relationships between the Book of Mormon witnesses and authors of similar books by curious_mormon

    Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image: Mormon Marriage Flowchart by AnotherClosetAtheist

    Best Post Title: Bishop demonstrates to the whole ward that women ought to be invisible. by MrsApostate

    Most Poignant Personal Story: How I lost my faith by newnamemiriam

    Most Poignant Personal Story: My first time going through the temple by lucysmacksmith

  17. 4blockhead says:

    Best History Piece: The Life and Trial of John W. Taylor by Bill Reel

    Best History Piece: Primary Source of Isaac Hale’s 1834 Affidavit by TheWayoftheFuture

    Best Poem: Dear Dad: by Alice_McCann

  18. 4blockhead says:

    Best New Podcast (liberal/faithful perspective): Project Zion Podcast

    Best Personal Recording: Meeting with bishop> by youngestalma

    Best Personal Recording: Excommunication proceedings of Joe Rawlins by Joe Rawlins

    Best Interfaith Interaction: Interfaith service at the opening of the 2015 Salt Lake Pride Festivalhosted by Community of Christ (Linkhart, Bryant)

    Most Poignant Personal Story: Russell Baker-Gorringe at the Opening of the 2015 Salt Lake Pride Festival

  19. 4blockhead says:

    Best New Podcast (liberal/faithful perspective): Project Zion Podcast

    Best Personal Recording: Meeting with bishop> by youngestalma

    Best Personal Recording: Excommunication proceedings of Joe Rawlins by Joe Rawlins

    Best Interfaith Interaction: Interfaith service at the opening of the 2015 Salt Lake Pride Festival hosted by Community of Christ (Linkhart, Bryant)

    Most Poignant Personal Story: Russell Baker-Gorringe at the Opening of the 2015 Salt Lake Pride Festival

  20. 4blockhead says:

    Best New Podcast (liberal/faithful perspective): Project Zion Podcast

    Best Personal Recording: Meeting with bishop by youngestalma

    Best Personal Recording: Excommunication proceedings of Joe Rawlins by Joe Rawlins

    Best Interfaith Interaction: Interfaith service at the opening of the 2015 Salt Lake Pride Festival hosted by Community of Christ (Linkhart, Bryant)

    Most Poignant Personal Story: Russell Baker-Gorringe at the Opening of the 2015 Salt Lake Pride Festival

  21. 4blockhead says:

    Best Response to Apologetics: Visualizing the 40 wives of Joseph Smith by Bill McKeever, Mormonism Research Ministry, et al. Actresses of appropriate ages answered questions about their relationship with Smith in Manti. This thread at exmormon includes a link to McKeever taking heat from local reporter about evangelicals proselyting among mormon visitors to the Manti Miracle Pageant.

  22. 4blockhead says:

    Please, disregard 18 and 19. (formatting errors fixed in 20)

  23. Jon Streeter says:

    I would like to suggest “best leaked document” as a category.

    LDS policy on children of married gay parents. By Fearless Fixxer

  24. chanson says:

    @24 That’s a good suggestion, but can you please include a link?

    Also note: the category needs to have three nominations in order to proceed to the voting phase. If there haven’t been three leaked documents in 2015, maybe we could come with some slightly more general category.

  25. 4blockhead says:

    Best Religion and Race Discussion: Lester Bush’s McMurrin Lecture and Q&A

    Best Personal Recording: Oaks and Turley, the Boise Rescue by cagelessbird

  26. John Dehlin says:

    I nominate Dr. Scott D. Miller in the category of “Best LDS-Interest Book (Non-fiction)”:

    “The Book of a Mormon: The Real Life and Strange Times of an LDS Missionary”

    http://www.amazon.com/Book-Mormon-Strange-Times-Missionary/dp/0996662413/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452352675&sr=8-1&keywords=book+of+a+mormon

    Podcast interview here:

    http://mormonstories.org/book-of-a-mormon-dr-scott-miller/

  27. kjensen says:

    Best Religion-and-Orientation Post

    Julie M. Smith–Consequences Intended or Otherwise

    http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2015/11/consequences-intended-or-otherwise/

  28. chanson says:

    Thanks, everyone, for all the great nominations so far!! Keep ’em coming!! 😀

  29. kjensen says:

    Best LDS Church Watch Piece

    Julie M. Smith — A Rhetoric of Indirection

    http://timesandseasons.org/index.php/2015/12/a-rhetoric-of-indirection/

  30. kjensen says:

    Best Podcast Series or Episode

    Mormon Stories Michael Ferguson, Seth Anderson/ Fighting Gay Conversion Therapy.

    This podcast episode covers some truly shocking territory. It is also redemptive. I wish everyone in any way connected to Mormonism would listen to this episode. I think it is transformative.

    http://mormonstories.org/michael-ferguson-seth-anderson-fighting-gay-conversion-therapy/

  31. Jeremy says:

    Best Race and Religion Discussion: http://infantsonthrones.com/lowry-letters-the-follow-up-discussion/

    Best Podcast Series / Episode: Naked Mormonism, Book of Mormon CC

    Best New Podcast: debrief society podcast

  32. Jeremy says:

    Best AMA: church employee Daniel Miller (sorry…I don’t have a link but he was interviewed by Mormon Stories).

  33. Justin says:

    I don’t really know what category is the best place to put it but I think this excellent work should be nominated for something: https://mormonbandwagon.com/eric_n/leaving-the-church/

  34. 4blockhead says:

    Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image: C3P0/Moroni by canadianjohnson

    Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image: Number of times Jesus spoke about Homosexuality by Pat Bagley

    Best LDS-Interest Comic or Image: prom dresses and the mormon taliban by Pat Bagley

  35. Randy K Moss says:

    Best Mormon non fiction:

    A book of a Mormon by Scott Miller

    He captures the twists and angst of being a missionaries. He honestly illustrates the Sophie’s choice of friendship, conscious, acceptance, faithfulness, and push of authenticity. Great expose of the rugged nature of many missions.

  36. I nominate Dr. Scott D. Miller in the category of “Best LDS-Interest Book (Non-fiction)”:

    “The Book of a Mormon: The Real Life and Strange Times of an LDS Missionary”

    http://www.amazon.com/Book-Mormon-Strange-Times-Missionary/dp/0996662413/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452352675&sr=8-1&keywords=book+of+a+mormon

    While I am not LDS, I experienced similar situations in the evangelical, fundamentalist world in the South. It let me know that I was not alone.

  37. Ray Crafton says:

    I would also like to nominate Dr. Scott D. Miller in the category of “Best LDS-Interest Book (Non-fiction)”:
    “The Book of a Mormon: The Real Life and Strange Times of an LDS Missionary”
    http://www.amazon.com/Book-Mormon-Strange-Times-Missionary/dp/0996662413/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452352675&sr=8-1&keywords=book+of+a+mormon

    I have described this to others as The Catcher in the Rye meets Joseph Smith. It’s a humorous and touching chronicle of a young man’s struggles with the impersonal orthodoxy of his childhood as he reaches for a personal and authentic understanding of religion.

  38. Becky says:

    I would like to nominate The Book of a Morman: The Real Life and Strange Times of an LDS Missionary
    http://www.amazon.com/Book-Mormon-Strange-Times-Missionary/dp/0996662413/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452352675&sr=8-1&keywords=book+of+a+mormon For Best LDS Interest Book (non-fiction) Scott D. Miller and Mark A. Hubble

  39. 4blockhead says:

    Best from-the-pulpit speech/sermon: a speech at the First Unitarian Church in Salt Lake City by John Dehlin

    Best from-the-pulpit speech/sermon: Russell Baker-Gorringe at the Interfaith Service at the opening of the Salt Lake Pride festival.

    Best from-the-pulpit speech/sermon: Visibly One in Christ a sermon to the Salt Lake City congregation of Community of Christ based on Galatians 3:27-28 by Stephen M. Veazey. Note the call-and-response section in the program.

    Best from-the-pulpit speech/sermon: Millions Shall Know Brother Joseph Again a sermon to a devotional at BYU-Idaho by Jayson Kunzler.

  40. I would like to nominate:

    – Dr. Scott D. Miller and Dr. Mark Hubble in the category of “Best LDS-Interest Book (Non-Fiction):
    “The Book of a Mormon: The Real Life and Strange Times of an LDS Missionary”

    I would like to nominate the following for Best LDS Interest Audio-Video Channels:

    – Mormon Stories Podcast

    – A Thoughtful Faith Podcast

    – The Rational Faiths Podcast

    – Mormon Matters Podcast

  41. Jessica says:

    I would like to nominate Mormon Bitch: Illusions of Hope by Mollie Hope Stewart in the category of Best LDS interest book (fiction).

    I haven’t seen any other nominations in this category yet, though. Any other LDS interest fiction books released in 2015?

  42. chanson says:

    @43 Don’t worry, there will be at least three other nominations:

    Johnny Townsend has written at least one book of fiction in 2015, Alex Hansen’s novel will be nominated, and John Draper’s novel (if it was published in 2015 — I’m working on finishing up the review).

  43. John Draper says:

    Yes, my book was published in 2015! 🙂 So excited to me nominated!

  44. Ray McKamy says:

    My nomination for the 2015 Brodie Award for LDS Interest(non-fiction) are Scott Miller and Mark Hubble, for, “The Book of a Mormon: The Real Life and Strange Times of an LDS Missionary”
    http://www.amazon.com/Book-Mormon-Strange-Times-Missionary/dp/0996662413/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1452352675&sr=8-1&keywords=book+of+a+mormon

  45. chanson says:

    Thanks for all the fantastic nominations!

    I will be consolidating that categories and adding my own nominations for the “last call” thread on Monday. Nominations will then continue until Friday.

  46. chanson says:

    Nominations are closed and voting has begun!

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