Delete Key Awards

March 14, 2007

2007 Delete Key Awards for the Year’s Worst Writing in Books To Be Announced Tomorrow, March 15, Only on One-Minute Book Reviews

The first annual Delete Key Awards for the year’s worst writing in books will be announced by noon tomorrow on One-Minute Book Reviews Please visit that site for more information about the awards, including a complete list of finalists, reviews of their books, and questions and answers about eligibility. The awards recognize authors who haven’t used their delete keys enough in the preceding year.

The site you are visiting now is the home of the archive for lists of future winners and finalists, just like the site for the National Book Awards Foundation, only with no money behind it. The Delete Key Awards were created by Janice Harayda, who has been the book columnist for Glamour, the book editor of the Plain Dealer in Cleveland, and a vice-president of the National Book Critics Circle.

If you believe there’s too much bad writing getting published and wish more people would say so, I’d be grateful if you would visit One-Minute Book Reviews and forward the link to people who might like to know about the awards, including bloggers, the media, and members of book groups. This is the first year the Delete Key Awards are being given out, and I’d love to have a strong launch. These awards are being announced exclusively in the blogosphere.

Thanks so much for visiting this site and One-Minute Book Reviews.

(c) 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


March 1, 2007

See the Complete List of the 2007 Delete Key Awards Finalists on One-Minute Book Reviews

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The wait has ended …

At last you can read the complete list of the 10 finalists for the 2007 Delete Key Awards on One-Minute Book Reviews

On One-Minute Book Reviews you will find:

1) A brief list of finalists’ names, titles, and publishers. Posted Feb. 28.

2) Separate posts on each of the finalists with samples of their writing. These 10 posts appeared in random order and were numbered only for convenience. All posts appeared on Feb. 28.

3) The original reviews of the finalists’ books that earned them a spot on the Delete Key Awards short list. The Feb. 28 post with the names of all the finalists identifies the categories in which their original reviews are archived on One-Minute Book Reviews.

You can also leave comments about the finalists’ books on One-Minute Book Reviews. Some of the comments will be posted on March 15 when the winner is announced. Please bookmark that site or subscribe to the RSS feed to avoid missing future posts on the Delete Key Awards.

The site you are visitng now is the permanent archive for the awards that will contain the lists of each year’s finalists and winners and reviews of their books.

Thank you visiting this site and One-Minute Book Reviews. Please visit for information about Janice Harayda’s comic novels The Accidental Bride (St. Martin’s, 1999) and Manhattan on the Rocks (Sourcebooks, 2004).

(c) 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

February 23, 2007

Delte Key Awards Finalists to Be Announced Feb. 28

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Coming on Wednesday, Feb. 28

The finalists for the first annual Delete Key Awards for the year’s worst writing in books will be announced on Wednesday, Feb. 28, on One-Minute Book Reviews, In the meantime, you can find more on the awards on the “Delete Key Awards” page on that site.

Please visit One-Minute Book Reviews on Wednesday to see the short list for the awards. The site you are visiting now is the home of the archives for the winners this year and in all future years.

(c) 2007 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

December 28, 2006

Watch for the Names of the Delete Key Awards Finalists — Coming in Early 2007

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This site is the home of the Delete Key Awards, which recognize the worst writing published in hardcover or paperback books in the U.S. In the future this blog will contain year-by-year lists of nominees and winners and other archival material related to these literary prizes.

Until then, you can learn more about the Delete Key Awards — or nominate bad writing published in a book in 2006 — by going to One-Minute Book Reviews and clicking on the category that says “Delete Key Awards.”

Finalists for the first Delete Key Awards will be announced in early 2007.

(c) 2006 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.

October 25, 2006

Welcome to the Delete Key Awards Site

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The Delete Key Awards recognize authors who aren’t using their delete key enough. They call attention to bad writing in all kinds of books — fiction, nonfiction and poetry — for adults or children.

Janice Harayda launched the Delete Key Awards as an extension of her blog, One-Minute Book Reviews, Each time she reviews a book for One-Minute Book Reviews, she lists the best and worst lines in the book. Some of the worst lines were so bad that she decided that somebody should recognize them in a formal way. So she’s going to list them on this site and choose the year’s worst in early 2007. She hopes eventually to expand the awards to allow visitors to this site cast their own votes for the year’s worst writing.

Watch this page for a list of candidates for the first Delete Key Awards … coming soon! To nominate a bad line you’ve read in a book published in 2006, post a comment on this site.

For a preview of the lines that may make the short list, visit One-Minute Book Reviews and scroll to the bottom of each review to find the worst line in the book.

October 24, 2006

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