For the past few weeks, I've been making hard choices--twice as many people applied to be Cybils panelists as I had places to offer (and that's not even including folks who put EMG SF as their second or third choices....). Picking panelists requires carefully balancing experienced and newer panelists, creating a mix of librarians, parents, teachers, readers, and booksellers, and making sure to pick people who clearly will enjoy reading over 100 EMG SF books this fall! (I did not have to worry about gender diversity, because no men put EMG SF first....). If you didn't get picked this year, or didn't apply, but think you want to do EMG SF next year, your best bet (but no guarantees) is to read and review lots of EMG SF books!
But in any event, I think I assembled two brilliant panels. (You can see all the lists over at the Cybils Blog).
The EMG SF First Rounders:
By Singing Light
Fantasy Book Critic
A Library Mama
Random Musings of a Bibliophile
The EMG SF Second Rounders:
Librarian of Snark
Waking Brain Cells
Views from the Tesseract
Such lovely panelists, even if I say so who shouldn't.
(And don't forget to nominate your favorite books of the year, starting Oct 1! In terms of publishing eligibility--don't forget the Cybils year runs from Oct 16, 2013 to Oct 15, 2014)