8TH Annual Audie Awards© Finalists Announced

New Contest Invites Listeners Worldwide to Help Select Winners
The Audio Publishers Association (APA©) has released the names of the 130 finalists for the Eighth Annual Audie Awards. This year, the Audie Awards, which honor excellence in audio publishing, will be presented in 27 categories. The Audies are notable as the only completely juried awards covering audiobooks and spoken word entertainment.

Finalists were selected by a panel of over 150 judges representing all areas of the audiobook world. Judges were responsible for reviewing 668 audiobooks submitted -- more submissions than any other year -- for consideration. All titles submitted must have been released between November 1, 2001 and October 31, 2002. For the complete list of finalists visit www.audiopub.org

The Audie Awards gala will take place on Friday evening, May 30, 2003 at the Petersen Car Museum in Los Angeles at the end of the first day of BookExpo America (BEA). Among the guests will be APA members, authors, narrators, finalists, members of the media, and friends of the industry. The Audie Awards are notable as the only completely juried awards covering audiobooks and spoken word entertainment. Judging is a two-tiered process. There will be one winner in each category except in the case of a tie when both finalistsí titles will receive awards for that category.

Qualifying audiobooks are defined as sound recordings containing at least 51% spoken word content duplicated and packaged for sale in the United States as cassettes or compact discs. Recordings must have been produced originally or compiled from another medium for release as audiobooks. Audiobooks need not be derived from or based on a printed book.

This year, the APA is also sponsoring an interactive contest on its website, www.audiopub.org, in which the general public is invited to submit their choices for the winning audiobook in each category. Each person who enters the contest will be entered into a drawing where the Grand Prize Winner will receive a complete set of all 2003 Audie Winners and AudioFile magazineís special Audiobook Month Edition.


* Go to the APA website, and click on the box that reads Audies 2003 Finalists Announced ìPick the Winnersî Contest.

* Register your name, email address, and mailing address.

* Listen to sound clips for each entry and select your favorite audiobook in any or all of the categories.

* Check out the APA website, May 31, 2003, to see how your vote compared to the Official Audie 2003 Winners.

Official contest rules can be found on www.audiopub.org. Contest closes at 5:00pm PST on May 30, 2003.