The Wishing Shelf Awards were created for authors by an author. The awards were set up by Edward Trayer who became disillusioned with the process of entering awards with his many (mainly children's) books. The problem with many awards, he felt, was that they didn't seem particularly interested in the books themselves, concentrating instead on selling stickers for book covers and places at book award ceremonies.
Given this background, you can imagine that the process of judging these awards is done very much from the viewpoint of the story itself. The adult books are judged by two Reading Groups, made up of people who love reading and spend hours discussing the books over coffee and cake.*
I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall listening to them discussing The Refusal (particularly the steamy scenes!), and I'm thrilled to say that this process led to them picking my book as a finalist. And I couldn't be more delighted to get such a great thumbs up for the story of Janus and Jo.
*Have they got any spare places? This sounds like the best kind of day!