When you enter a race, you don’t enter to lose

Are You Going For Gold

When you enter a race or competition, you don’t enter to lose. You may think ‘it’s the taking part that matters’, which in this case is absolutely right, but you would never enter saying ‘Yes, I’m going to lose today!’ The same thinking can be applied to your book marketing.

Did you write and publish your book only to get one single copy for yourself or did you have a message to share? An idea to send out into the world? A need to be on as many people’s bookshelves as possible? We’re not talking monetary gain here; I’m writing a book to make millions and retire on a private island. If that’s what you dream of, then that’s absolutely fine, but making money rarely comes from having a monetary goal, it comes from having something someone wants and are willing to pay for. The income is a natural by-product of having something of value to people. And in this case, it’s your writing.

Whether you write fiction to take people away from their realities or self-help books to empower and share your knowledge, whatever you write about; there is someone who wants to read it. Putting yourself forward for book awards is not about saying ‘look how great I am’ it’s about sending out a message that you have something worth reading. A book award is a badge of trust, a visible sign that you are worth people’s time and money.

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“You win awards you sell more products.  Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon”

Entering and winning awards, even as a runner-up, allows you to reach out to the media, booksellers, literary agents and your target audience. Posting on social media, your blog or in your newsletter about award submissions creates interest and a buzz around your book. And if you win? Well, the possibilities are endless… media coverage, booksellers stocking your book, film producers could contact you for filming rights. At the very least; people may stop in their tracks and buy your book. As the saying goes ‘you gotta be in it; to win it!

Most awards charge a fee to enter so consider carefully which awards to submit to. Does it really apply to your book? Is it a recognised award? Does the award even have a category for your genre?

Here’s a list of our Top 37 book awards:

  1. National Book Critics Circle Awards: http://bookcritics.org/awards/award_submissions/

  2. Entering IndieFab Awards should definitely be on your literary to-do list: 

  3. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction boasts that the prize is the world’s most important literary award. Entry Forms are due in March and Finished Books are due in June:

  4. The Hugo Award - check out science fiction’s most prestigious award: http://www.thehugoawards.org/about/

  5. Strive to be nominated and win the Nobel Prize in literature. Who can nominate? Professors of literature and of linguistics at universities and university colleges to name a few:

  6. The Edgar Allan Poe Award, “The Edgar”: http://www.mysterywriters.org/?q=Edgars-Info

  7. FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year: http://www.ft.com/intl/management/business-book-award

  8. The Pulitzer Prize for Fiction site will reopen for new entries in May: http://www.pulitzer.org/how_to_enter

  9. The National Book Award by the National Book Foundation: http://www.nationalbook.org/nbaentry.html

  10. Enter Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards. Don’t miss this important eBook only award: 

  11. The Deadline for the Autumn House Press Award: http://www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/

  12. Poets & Writers has nice list of writing contest, grants and awards. Check it out at: http://www.pw.org/grants

  13. Find out how to make it on the Indie Next List to win an Indies Choice Book Award:

  14. The Discover Great New Writers Award:

  15. The Nautilus Book Award seeks books that make a difference and inspire:

  16. Here’s a service where you can enter several book festivals at the same time. One entry form, one payment, two books, ten plus book awards spread out over a year: http://bookfestivals.com/

  17. The National Indie Excellence Book Awards. Created especially for indie and self-published authors:

  18. The Axiom Business Book Awards celebrate excellence in business book writing and publishing by presenting gold, silver and bronze medals in 20 business categories: http://www.axiomawards.com/

  19. The Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Awards. All entrants receive direct judge feedback–unique in the industry. For more information, visit: http://ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com/

  20. USA Best Book Awards has a ten-year plus track record of honoring and promoting books to the national and international community: http://www.usabooknews.com/

  21. Reader Views Annual Literary Awards were established to honor writers who self-publish or who were published by small presses or independent publishers: http://readerviews.com/literaryawards/

  22. Amazon Kindle Scout. Submit your new, never-before-published, English-language book of 50,000 words or more to Kindle Scout and be considered for a publishing contract with Kindle Press in 45 days or less: https://kindlescout.amazon.com/help?topicId=AP72QR5GUKEQS

  23. Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the only self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. One winning entry will receive $8,000 with nine first-place winners who’ll receive $1,000 each: http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished

  24. Readers’ Favorite Awards with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times best-selling authors: https://readersfavorite.com/book-reviews.htm

  25. Romance Writer of America promotes the interests of career-focused romance writers by sponsoring awards that acknowledge excellence in the romance genre: http://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=525

  26. Epic eBook Awards by The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition (EPIC) annually recognizes the best ebooks in many categories. The awards were previously known as the ‘Eppies’: http://www.epicorg.com

  27. Rubery Book Award is the longest established book award based in the UK for independent and self-published books: http://www.ruberybookaward.com/

  28. The Eric Hoffer Award for independent books recognizes excellence in publishing with a cash prize and various category honors and press type distinctions: http://www.hofferaward.com/HAbooks.html

  29. Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Finalists and Winners receive a list in the Next Generation Indie Book Catalog distributed to thousands of book buyers, media and others: http://www.indiebookawards.com/awards.php

  30. The International Book Awards (IBA). Winners get an extensive public relations campaign, social media promotion and more: http://www.internationalbookawards.com/

  31. The Literary Classics Book Awards and Reviews were created to help authors gain recognition for their work and to help parents find the best in literature for children and young adults: http://www.clcawards.org

  32. The Digital Book Awards celebrate quality and innovation in digital content. Each year, award winners and finalists in fifteen categories illustrate the cutting edge of digital publishing, showcasing creative approaches to design, technology integration and e-reading experiences: http://digitalbookworldconference.com

  33. The Feathered Quill Book Awards: https://featheredquill.com/feathered-quill-book-awards/

  34. Shelf Unbound Magazine’s Best Indie/Self-Published Book Competition honors more than 100 indie/self-published books: http://www.shelfmediagroup.com/pages/competition.html

  35. Chanticleer International Book Awards. 15 genres including the CYGNUS for SciFiction, M&M for Mystery & Mayhem, Somerset for Literary, etc:  http://www.ChanticleerReviews.com

  36. Book Excellence Awards – With over $30,000 in grand prizes in media and marketing services, the Book Excellence Awards has helped honorees increase their book sales, garner attention from film producers, receive distribution in bookstores and increased their visibility and media attention:

  37. The Royal Dragonfly (all genres) and Purple Dragonfly (children’s books) Book Awards are prestigious national book contests recognizing exceptional authors for excellence in writing and a Story Monsters Approved! (children’s books) book must inspire, inform, teach or entertain, and adhere to rigorous standards of excellence: https://www.dragonflybookawards.com/

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