Ignyte Awards juries are comprised of 20 individuals; a mix of avid readers, reviewers, FIYAHCON staff, and winners from previous years. Each juror is permitted to nominate three works per category, ranked in order of preference. Works are sourced organically from the juror’s own awareness and reading history, as well as a list of eligible works created and maintained throughout the year by the award administrators. We do not accept submissions. Works are awarded 3 points per appearance in 1st place ranking, 2 points per second place appearance, and 1 point per third place appearance. The five works in each category with the most points generates the award shortlist. Winners from the previous year are ineligible to be nominated in their winning category.
Beginning in 2023, the awards impanel a jury of 8-12 judges between the ages of 12-17 to nominate in the Young Adult Novel and Middle Grade categories. Their votes count for double points in an effort to achieve a slate of nominated kidlit works that prioritize the perspectives and opinions of the young people for whom they are written.
Beginning in 2024, categories with fewer than 10 nominations at the longlist stage will be cancelled for the award cycle.