2016 Book Contests

This is an excellent email I received from Alinka, who also offers other author related services (see below for more info).


Here’s a list of book award contests for 2016:

My absolute favorite: Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest

Deadline April 1, 2016 (late deadline is June 1).
You can win one of $35,000 in prizes just for entering and you get a chance to have your book made into a movie or TV show by Wind Dancer Films.
All winners get a free certificate, medals, stickers and digital seals. They also get displayed at the International Miami Book Fair free of charge and there are many more perks!

Fee: $89 for Early Bird Registration (April 1);
$99 Regular Registration Deadline (May 1);
$109 Late Registration (June 1).

Of course there are many more book award contests but this is my absolute favorite! I participated in the previous years and I won. I went to the Miami Awards Ceremony, had an absolutely wonderful time and made invaluable connections with fellow authors, agents and business people.

And here’s all the rest (you have to do your own due diligence before registering. I’m just listing these for you):

January 15, 2016 Foreword Reviews (INDIFAB BOOK OF THE YEAR): Publicity efforts will help readers discover fabulous books from the independent book industry. INDIEFAB annually honors more than 250 winners in 66 categories. By entering your book into the awards program, you will automatically receive a year long subscription to the quarterly Foreword Reviews. Winners will be featured in the Fall issue of Foreword Reviews.
Fee: $75 Early bird before September 1, 2016;
$99 After September 1, 2016

January 21, 2016 Eric Hofer Awards: Grand prize $2,000. Category winner, runner-up, and honorable mention(s), Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking book(s), da Vinci Eye for superior book cover(s), First Horizon for debut author(s), Individual Press Awards for Micro, Small and Academic presses, as well as self-published books.
Fee: $55

 January 30, 2016 Nautilus Awards Book Awards: Their core mission remains to celebrate and honor books that support conscious living, green values, high-level wellness and spiritual growth.
Fee: $185
January 31, 2016 Beverly Hills Book Awards: The Beverly Hills Book Award™ judges recognize winning books that demonstrate a wide scope of criteria that makes for an excellent overall presentation.
Fee: $75
February 12, 2016 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: The top 70 books will be forwarded to a leading literary agent for review and possible presentation. Winners will receive an invitation to attend the Gala Awards Reception held at an outstanding location in Chicago during BEA and will also receive a cash prize, trophy and medals.
Fee: $75February 27, 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards: Conducted annually, the Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. Each announced book will receive a gold, silver or bronze medal, a personalized certificate, and 20 foil seal.
Entry fees range from the early bird fee of $75 to $95 when you enter closer to the final deadline of February 27, 2016. Regional and ebook category entries are $55 when added to a national category entry.

March 1, 2016 (submissions open) SCBWI work-In-Progress Grant: You must be a current SCBWI member when your work is submitted and when the award is announced in September. You may not submit a work that is under contract. If the work becomes under contract before the award is announced, you will become ineligible. You may submit only one WIP grant category per year. Your first year of membership in the SCBWI is $95. The annual renewal fee is $80.
March 2, 2016 Indie Reader’s Discovery Awards: Prizes are: an IndieReader “All About the Book” feature, a sticker pronouncing your book an IndieReader Discovery Awards winner, an IRDA Winner designation in IndieReader’s new app.
Fee: $150 per title, $ 50 additional entry
March 28, 2016 Parents’ Choice Awards: The Parents’ Choice Awards committees look for products that entertain and teach with flair, stimulate imagination and inspire creativity. Judges are interested in how a product helps a child grow in many ways: socially, intellectually, emotionally, ethically and physically. Products must be free of racial or gender bias. Above all, products must not extol violence.
Fee: $100March 31, 2016 The National Indie Excellence Book Awards: Winners and finalists can highlight their award on their marketing materials. They can download the seal to print on their books. Stickers will be available for purchase as well as certificates.
Fee: $75

April 15, 2016 Literary Classics International Book Awards and Reviews: One gold and one silver award will be selected in each category for the International Book Award. Each book award honoree will receive an award certificate and 25 sample seals. Additional award seals will be made available for purchase.
Fee: $95

April 25, 2016 San Francisco Book Festival: The grand prize for the 2016 San Francisco Book Festival winner is $1,500 cash appearance fee and a flight to San Francisco for the gala awards ceremony in May 2016. Exact date TBD.
Fee: $75
April 30, 2016 International Book Awards: As an honored winner or finalist you will have the right to highlight your award on your book cover, website, and marketing material. Award stickers will be available for purchase for all winners and finalists in each category.
Fee: $79
May 1, 2016 Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Contest: details above this list.
Fee: $89 for Early Bird Registration (April 1);
$99 Regular Registration Deadline (May 1);
$109 Late Registration (June 1)May 1, 2016 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards: The Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are geared toward stories that appeal to children of all ages that inspire, inform, teach or entertain. A Purple Dragonfly Book Awards seal on your book’s cover tells parents, grandparents, educators and caregivers they are giving children the very best in reading excellence.
Fee: $65

May 25, 2016 New York Book Festival: The grand prize for the New York Book Festival Author of the Year is a $1,500 appearance fee and a flight to New York for the June awards.
Fee: $50
May 31, 2016 Best Indie Book Awards: Each winner will receive the Best Indie Book Award emblem to display on their website and book cover and winners will have their book featured on the sidebar of four websites for at least six months.
Fee: unknown
October 25, 2016 (TBC) Cybils Awards, (Children’s and Young Adult’s Literary Awards)
November 2016, Writer’s Digest Book Awards: Exact date has yet to be announced. Possibility to win $8,000 in cash; national exposure for your work; the attention of prospective editors and publishers; a paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference.
Fee: $99
November 21, 2016 (TBC) Illumination Awards: Contest for Christian books. Gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in each category. Each medal-winning book receives a packet including the medal, a certificate, 20 foil award seals, and awards marketing material.
Early-bird entry fee is $75 per title, per category until the first early-bird deadline, $85 during the second early-bird period, and then $95 until the final deadline.
December 1, 2016 (TBC) Readers’ Views Literary Awards: Reader Views Literary Awards are open to all authors regardless of residency, however, the books must be published in the English language and targeted for the North American market.
Fee: $85 to $105
December 31, 2016 (TBC) Jane Addams Children’s Book Awards: Given annually to the children’s books published the preceding year that effectively promote the cause of peace, social justice, world community, and the equality of the sexes and all races as well as meeting conventional standards for excellence.
Fee: unknown
Ongoing The Mom’s Choice Awards (MCA) evaluates products and services created for children, families and educators. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries.
Fee: $500
Ongoing Story Monsters, fee $85 (Children’s Literature)
Ongoing Creative Child Awards, fee $75 (Children’s Literature)Costa Book Awards No exact date yet for 2016 submission. The 2015 total prize fund was £60,000. Each of the category winners receives £5,000 and the overall winner receives a further £30,000. The Short Story Award winner receives £3,000, with the authors in second and third place receiving £1,500 and £500 respectively.
The Indie Spiritual Book Awards: No dates yet for 2016 submission but as of 2015 prizes, category winner will receive a TISBA 2015 Category Winner, a virtual sticker, a one-minute book trailer and a listing in the Winners’ Circle on the TISBA website. A review of each winning entry will be posted on the TISBA Review Blog.
As of 2015 fee to enter the first category for each book is $33 per book in the month of March. In April the initial fee is $44, and in May initial fee is $55.
USA Best Book Awards: No dates yet for 2016 submission, USA Book News covers books from all sections of the publishing industry — mainstream, independent and self-published.
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