- Books with LGBTQIA characters — The characters have to play a significant role in the book (no, the two guys holding hands in the background of a single panel of a graphic novel don't count). This also covers non-fiction books written by LGBTQIA authors.
- Books with one-word titles — Articles count toward this total, but subtitles don't. So The March by E.L. Doctorow doesn't qualify for this wild card category, but March by Geraldine Brooks and March: Book 1 by John Lewis do qualify. Hyphenated words qualify (i.e. Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood), as do numbers or number/letter collections without spaces (i.e. 1776 by David McCullough or 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami).
- Bloggers who have traveled outside the U.S. — No time limits on this: if you've ever been outside the United States, you qualify.
Wild Card Categories
Every year in our competition against other libraries across Missouri, extra points are awarded for certain books and bloggers. In the 2016-2017 blogging year, the wild card categories are: