2011 Debut Author Challenge!

Welcome to the third annual DEBUT AUTHOR CHALLENGE! 

I’m extremely excited to be hosting the 2011 Debut Author Challenge! I’ve worked out a few kinks throughout the years and I’m hoping that this year will be even better than the last! This is a post where you can find out a little bit more about the challenge if you are unfamiliar with it and decide if you’d like to join up this year.

2011 Debut Author Challenge participant information:

  • The objective of the DAC is to read at least twelve novels from Young Adult or Middle Grade Authors. While twelve is the minimum there is no maximum limit! I encourage readers who can read more than twelve to do so!
  • Anyone can join. You don’t have to be a blogger, and you don’t have to live in the United States. 
  • You do not have to have an blog written in English to participate. 
  • You can join at anytime. Deadline to join is March 1, 2011The challenge runs from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011. 
Qualifying books:

  • Books must be a Young Adult or Middle Grade novel.
  • DO NOTE: Just because a book has a teen character or is about a teen, does not mean that it is necessarily a Young Adult novel. 
  • This must be the authors debut with a release date in 2011
  • If an author has a previous novel published under adult fiction/nonfiction or children’s fiction/nonfiction, they can still qualify for the challenge if they are releasing their YA or MG debut. 
I’ve tried to compose a list of 2011 Debut Authors, you can find a spreadsheet below. If you now of a debut title that I’ve missed, please fill out this form please email me, I won’t be taking submissions via the form anymore, so that I can submit it to my spreadsheet. Please note this is a list of US debuts only. I am in the process of getting a list of UK debuts and hoping to possibly get an AUS debut list as well. (Yes, Megan McCafferty is on this list. IT IS NOT A MISTAKE. Read the FAQs.)


A UK list. Please be aware that I am not near as familiar with UK authors as I am with US authors…. so these may not even be correct. Thanks so much Jenny from Wondrous Reads for helping me keep this list updated! And Becky from The Bookette too! If you know of any for the list please fill out the submission form (which you can find the link above the US list.) I appreciate the help.

Special thanks to Deb for helping compile this Canadian Debut List!!!!

More challenge guidelines:

  • Novels must be read between January 1, 2011- December 31, 2011. That means, those of you that have read arc forms of the titles early will not be able to count those toward your challenge totals. 
  • You can use debuts from other countries, but the novel cannot be previously released in your county. (I explain this a little bit more in the FAQ section, if you want to check that out!)

Non-blogger Guidelines:

  • As I mentioned above you do not have to be a blogger to participate in the challenge. BUT, you do need to publish your reviews in a public place.
  • As a non blogger you can publish your reviews on Goodreads, Shelfari, LibraryThing, Amazon, B&N, YouTube, The 2011 Debut Author Challenge Blog, etc. Facebook does not constitute as a public domain for the challenge. 
  • The 2011 Debut Author Challenge Blog is a place for participants who do not have a blog. Here you can submit your reviews under your name or an alias and not have to worry about joining a book site if you don’t want to. 

Have an additional question that the guidelines don’t cover? Check out the FAQ page. Your question and answer just might be there.

Think you are ready to take on the challenge? You can sign up here!

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