Call for Submissions: 30th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

27 01 2022

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PUBWEST BOOK DESIGN CONTEST

20 07 2021

Book Design Awards now open!For more than four decades, PubWest Book Design Awards have been recognizing superior design and outstanding production quality of books throughout North America. Winning an industry book award can be used as an effective marketing tool to boost sales and invigorate publicity. But your books can’t be recognized unless you enter. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Accepting entries: July 1 through December 15, 2021.
  • Eligibility dates: Any book published January 1-December 31, 2021
  • Entries must be received by December 23, 2021 – please note new ship-to address on the form.
  • Fees: $75 per title/category for members; $100 for non-members

Judging will occur in January 2022 and the awards will be announced at the 2022 PubWest conference, February 3-5 in Denver.
Read about this year’s categories here and get ready to enter YOUR titles!





Call for Entries: WD’s Self-Published Book Awards

22 04 2021

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33rd Annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards – Entries Now Accepted

11 08 2020
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards – Enter Now!
Dear C. Penny,Calling all independent publishers!

You’re invited to enter the 33rd annual IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program, regarded as one of the nation’s highest honors in independent publishing. The Awards are unique in that entrants receive direct feedback on their submissions, with the actual judging forms returned to all publishers.

Click here to download this year’s Call for Entries!

Independent publishers of books with a copyright date of 2020 may enter the current competition. In addition to the standard categories covering most corners of the publishing industry, we’re happy to announce the return of our audiobook, graphic novel, and horror categories.

Check out the short videos and FAQ below and, as always, let me know if you have questions. I look forward to receiving your entries and am happy to help!





Enter Writer’s Digest’s Annual Self-Published E-book Awards now to win $5,000 and a trip to the WD Conference in New York City.

17 07 2020

Enter Writer’s Digest’s Annual Self-Published E-book Awards now to win $5,000 and a trip to the WD Conference in New York City.

This competition spotlights e-books in 8 categories including Contemporary Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Memoir, Young Adult and Nonfiction.

Here’s what you could win:

  • $5,000 in cash
  • A feature article about you and your book in the May/June 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference
  • AND more!

For the chance to earn the prestige you deserve and watch your career soar to new heights, enter Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published E-book Awards.





Final Call for Submissions: WD’s 89th Annual Writing Competition

18 06 2020

 

DEADLINE EXTENDED! Enter by June 22.

This is your last chance to enter your best in the Writer’s Digest 89th Annual Writing Competition for a chance to win $5,000 in cash, a feature interview in our special 100th Anniversary issue, and a paid trip to the ever-popular 2021 Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City.

Simply choose your favorite categories and enter your best work.

  • inspirational/spiritual
  • memoirs/personal essays
  • print or online article
  • genre short story (think romance, thriller, mystery, sci-fi, etc.)
  • mainstream/literary short story
  • rhyming poetry
  • non-rhyming poetry
  • script (think stage play or television/movie script)
  • children’s/young adult fiction

Enter Now!





Self-Published Book Awards

5 03 2020

Self-Published Book Awards

Deadline: April 1, 2020

Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 28th annual self-published competition—the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.

Already Entered?
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Prizes
One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • $8,000 in cash
  • A feature article about you and your book for the March 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot

One First Prize winner in each category will receive:

  • $1,000 in cash
  • Promotion in the March 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest

All Grand Prize and First Prize winners will receive:

  • Be featured on the Writer’s Digest website
  • One year subscription to Writer’s Digest Tutorials
  • A digital award seal for use in promoting your win.

Honorable Mention Winners will receive promotion on http://www.writersdigest.com and a digital seal for use in promoting your win.

All entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges.

Categories

  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Nonfiction/Reference (General Nonfiction, Cookbooks, Guidebooks, Textbooks, How-To, etc.)
  • Inspirational
  • Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
  • Early Readers/Children’s Picture books
  • Middle-Grade/Young Adult
  • Poetry

How to Enter

  • All entrants must send a printed and bound book. You may register your book online. All books not registered online must be accompanied by an Official Entry Form. You may enter more than one book and/or more than one category; however, you must include a separate book, entry form and the additional fee for each entry. We accept check, money order or credit card payment for the required judging fee. All checks will be cashed within 60 days of the competition final deadline. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • The competition is open to all English-language self-published books for which the authors have paid the full cost of publication, or the cost of printing has been paid for by a grant or as part of a prize. Entrants must send a printed and bound book. PDFs and proofs will not be accepted. Entries will be evaluated on content, writing quality and overall quality of production and appearance. No handwritten books are accepted. All books published or revised and reprinted between 2015 and 2020 are eligible. (Writer’s Digest may demand proof of eligibility of semifinalists.)
  • Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea.
  • Click here to download the printable entry form (for entries not registered online)
  • For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.

 






The BookLife Prize – Enter Now

28 10 2019

The BookLife Prize is an annual writing contest sponsored by BookLife and Publishers Weekly that seeks to support independent authors and discover great books.  The BookLife Prize has two Contests:

Nonfiction Contest

  • Entry period October 1, 2019, through January 1, 2020.
  • Four categories: Memoir/Autobiography; Self-Help; Inspirational/Spiritual; and Business/Personal Finance.

Fiction Contest

  • Entry period April 1, 2020, through August 31, 2020.
  • Five categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; YA/Middle Grade.

Both Contests of the Prize are judged by PW reviewers, editors, acclaimed authors, and publishing veterans.

PRIZES

The grand prize winner for both the Fiction and Nonfiction Contest of the BookLife Prize receives $5,000 cash as well as an author profile in Publishers Weekly.

All finalists receive a blurb from a bestselling/award-winning author or professional editor serving as a guest judge for the contest, as well as mention in Publishers Weekly.  Plus they each receive $1,000 worth of BookBaby’s Facebook + Instagram for Authors.

All entrants receive a Critic’s Report, which includes a score as well as a brief written critical assessment of their novel by a Publishers Weekly reviewer.  (Click here to see real examples of Critic’s Reports.)

“Since reaching the finals I have signed with a literary agent and been contacted by a film producer. Most importantly through the process of participating in the Prize, I got very valuable feedback on my work and broadened my author network considerably.” T.J. Slee

HOW TO ENTER

BookLife members enter the BookLife Prize by logging in and going to project page for the book or manuscript they’d like to enter.  Here are detailed instructions.

New users who have no BookLife account enter on this page.

Complete Information

Click here for complete infomation about the BookLife Prize.





An indie author’s novel is selected as one of PW’s Best Books of 2019

28 10 2019
Author Fiona West, recently profiled in an indie success feature in Publishers Weekly, has made PW history: her novel, The Ex-Princesshas been selected as one of PW’s Best Books of 2019, making it the first-ever self-published novel to be included in the annual roundup. The book, a fantasy romance, features coffee-loving protagonist Princess Abelia Olivia Jayne Venenza Ribaldi Porchenzii, who has renounced matriarchal Brevspor’s throne in favor of an ordinary life working in the field of waste reclamation. When she learns that she is still under contract to marry Prince Edward of Orangiers in order to protect Brevspor from being overthrown, she agrees. Adding to the complicated circumstances, Edward is in love with her.  PW’s review praised the book, calling it “a vibrant, voraciously readable adventure whose technocratic fantasy world is grounded by a generous understanding of everyday limitations and love.”

West is “thrilled to be counted as a romance stand-out with such accomplished artists.” “Thank you for honoring a diverse book like mine!” she adds.The Ex-Princess is the first of The Borderline Chronicles series. The second book, The Un-Queen, catches up with Edward and Abby in the days leading up to their marriage. Earlier this fall, West released the third and fourth books, The Almost-Widow and The Jinxed Journalist, which are tangentially connected to the Edward and Abby universe, but introduce new central characters.

West is currently working on the last book in the series, The Semi-Royal, and preparing to launch a contemporary medical romance series called Timber Falls. With West’s recent accolades, readers might expect her to be aiming for a book contract, but she sees no reason to rush to a traditional publishing path. “I’m very happy as an indie-published author,” she says. “I love the creative control, the freedom to ‘just be a mom’ when I want to, and setting my own goals for my business.”