The Armchair Cybils Shortlist Contest

The Round One panelists are in the last stages of creating the short-lists for each of the Cybils categories. While they are hard at work, we thought it would be fun to get YOUR guess on what those finalist lists will look like!

So we’re hosting a #CybilsShortlist contest!

The Contest: Predict the Finalists List for a single category.

Grand Prize: Gift card for $20 to Book Depository
First Prize: Cybils Tote

The Grand Prize winner will be the first person who gets a perfect list (or closest to perfect list) in any category wins our grand prize of $20 at the Book Depository. The next closest near-perfect list will be our First Prize winner.


Begins: 21 Dec 2018 @ 3:00 am PT

Ends: 30 Dec 2018 @ 12:00 noon ET


1. Pick one Cybils category.

  • Board Books
  • Early Chapter Books
  • Easy Readers
  • Elementary Nonfiction
  • Elementary/Middle-Grade Graphic Novels
  • Elementary/Middle-Grade Speculative Fiction
  • Fiction Picture Books
  • Junior High Nonfiction
  • Middle Grade Fiction
  • Middle Grade Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Senior High Nonfiction
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Young Adult Graphic Novels
  • Young Adult Speculative Fiction

2. Review the nominations in the category (see link to category lists below)

3. Create a shortlist for one of the categories using your preferred medium (your blog, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, etc.).

4. Share the link to your list on Twitter AND include the #CybilsShortlist hashtag.


  • Everyone is welcome to participate.
  • Round 1 panelists can enter a shortlist for a category they are not judging in.
  • One entry shortlist per person. You can create as many shortlists as you like, but only one list per post. Your FIRST shortlist will be entered (based on date/time stamp) as your official entry
  • Use any medium to create your list – images, blog, Goodreads, Instagram, YouTube, etc. – and be sure to post a link to your list on
  • Only lists posted via Twitter will be entered into the contest.
  • Entry must be posted to Twitter AND include #CybilsShortlist hashtag.
  • Winners will be notified by DM, so if you aren’t already, please follow @CybilsAwards on Twitter.


Entries are cataloged by the date/time they are posted on Twitter. All times will be converted to ET for entry purposes.

Each shortlist must be in a separate post so that we can identify and enter your first list as the official one. For example, if you create a blog post with lists from multiple categories, the one you want entered in the contest must be a separate, stand-alone post.

The entry shortlist must match or be closest to the official list which is published on January 1, 2019. Shortlists can be 5 to 7 books, so part of the contest is guessing how many books the panel will put on its shortlist.

In the event no one names all the titles on a given category’s shortlist, the prize will be awarded to the entrant who names the most correct list. In the event of a tie, the entrant whose submission was received first will win.


Fiction Picture Books / Board Books
Graphic Novels
Elementary / Middle Grade Nonfiction
Elementary / Middle Grade Speculative Fiction
Easy Readers / Early Chapter Books
Middle Grade Fiction
Jr High / Sr High Nonfiction
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Speculative Fiction

Good luck!