There are so many awards out there where the audience for the nominees in question (whether it's movies, books, or music in question) lament that the board of folks who choose the winners are completely out of touch with what normal people actually like. I think of the Oscars, especially. How many years has the best picture award gone to films that the average film goer watches, wrinkles his nose, and says, "Really?"
If you'd like to have a say in which book receives this honor, as well as the cash prize to be awarded at this year's Realm Makers conference, head over to Speculative Faith and weigh in.
And not that I'm campaigning, but I would be remiss in failing to note that Curse Bearer is on the list of finalists. If you truly loved it, I would be honored by your vote.