I'm here to tell you that nominations for our NA Crush Tourney are now officially open, but before you complete the form below, be sure to look over the rules and the New Adult definition! Not paying attention to the rules COULD get your nominations deleted.


  • Previous winner(s) can't be nominated again.
  • Only heroes of already released books are allowed to be nominated. We'll delete the entries of heroes from soon-to-be released books.
  • We’re limiting it to 1 character/per author in the tournament. We realize that this might upset some of you because you love many characters, some of which are written by the same author. But the goal of this tournament is to introduce new books and new characters to readers, so we want to share the love. So you’ll have to decide which team you’re on, and make your votes count.
  • You can't nominate the same character twice on the form. If you don't have/know eight heroes to nominate, then just leave the extra boxes clear.
  • Please, list character's name and the book he is from. For example: Peeta/Hunger Games (yes, I chose a YA book for the example to avoid drama).
  • Advocate sign-ups will be after nominations - June 10th (more on advocates will come later).
  • Keep it clean. Keep it respectful. We have no problem banning you from the tourney.
  • PLEASE let’s leave the hate and drama at the door.
  • NA only (No YA, No Middle Grade, No Adult, NO EXCEPTIONS). Not sure about the definition of NA? Read below:

What is New Adult?

We view New Adult fiction (NA) as a category of literature—meaning, it gives readers content expectations, but it does not dictate genre-based criteria. Typically, a novel is considered NA if it encompasses the transition between adolescence—a life stage often depicted in Young Adult (YA) fiction—and true adulthood.

Protagonists generally fall between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six, though exceptions may apply. NA characters are often portrayed experiencing: college, living away from home for the first time, military deployment, apprenticeships, a first steady job, a first serious relationship, etc.


We ask all readers to use our definition when nominating heroes. We understand that there are some gray areas,* and there does need to be a clear cut off when distinguishing NA books from MG, YA, and Adult fiction. So, we have come up with the following to determine eligibility:

  • The novel is shelved in brick and mortar bookstores in the Adult category (General Fiction, Romance, etc.) No YA or MG.
  • The book is virtually top-shelved in "New Adult" on Goodreads.com.
  • The characters are college-aged** (18 - 26 years-old: the general amount of time it takes to start and complete a traditional doctoral program).

These are the rules we are going by when determining if a crush qualifies. No exceptions. If the book is ebook only then the second two bullet points apply.



* Gray areas will be analyzed on a case by case basis by our members privately

** Normally, we view NA as a fluid category where exceptions of character age can and do vary by story. But for the sake of fairness, we are setting parameters for this particular tournament. 

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  2. "The novel is shelved in brick and motar bookstores in the Adult category (General Fiction, Romance, etc.) No YA or MG."

    So, self-published titles are out of the running???

  3. We're pro self-publishing here.
    We mean, if your book is in a brick and mortar store, then it should be on the adult section.

  4. I absolutely love NA! I am excited for the tourney to begin!

  5. How do we sign up for advocate positions?


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