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Reader’s Favorite Award Deadline Soon

Spring is the time to enter book award contests.

There are a limited number of big-name books awards available to self-published authors. Reader’s Favorite is one of them.


Jim Carrey Gold Medal

Jim Carrey

The regular deadline for this year is May 1, so you’ve got time yet to sign up. If you’re not quite ready, June 1 is the drop dead deadline, which will cost you more, of course.

I have entered this contest a couple different times. Have not won yet, but earned a very nice 5 star review. You can also request more than one review, whether you win or not.

The cost is $109 now or $119 on June 1.  They have 140+ genres. You get a chance to get a traditional publishing contract, win money, be represented by a marketing and PR firm, and have your book made into a movie. And of course the publicity would be wonderful with such a large, international award.

I also recommend the IPPY Award, The Brag Award  (adult and children’s books), the Moombean Children’s Award (for children’s stories, obviously),


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Eriq LaSalle – Actor/Director

Happy Spring!


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Are Writing Contests Worth the Fees? 

I’ve shared this information before, but it’s always good to review. Here’s a great post on the topic from Valerie Biel.

Thanks Valerie!


We all want a shiny gold sticker for our cover! With more and more writing contests popping up every day, it’s important to determine which ones are reputable, whether entry fees are acceptable, and how to spot dangerous terms that infringe on your copyright. To watch a video version of this blog click below:

Source: Are Writing Contests Worth the Fees? | Valerie Biel

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Book Awards (and Reviews!) – Readers’ Favorite

Readers Favorite - Book Reviews and Award Contest

There is still time to enter the 2018
Readers’ Favorite Book Award Contest

Only 3 days left to enter your book – FINAL DEADLINE
Enter your manuscript, published or unpublished book, eBook, audiobook, comic book, poetry book or short story. We offer 4 award levels in each of our 140+ categories, allowing you to only compete against books in your particular genre for a more fair and accurate contest, giving you the greatest chance of becoming an award-winning author!


  • Chance to win one of $50,000 in free prizes just for entering.
  • Chance to have your book made into a movie or TV show.
  • Chance to be published by an award winning traditional publisher.
  • Chance to be represented by a leading author marketing and PR firm.
  • Chance to be represented by a leading literary management company.
  • More features including a book review, award ceremony, and publicity.

When you enter, you automatically get a free review that they post for you on facebook, twitter, google+, Barnes & Nobel, Instagram and Pinterest. They also ask the reviewer to put it on their personal Goodreads account (if they have an account there) and you are able to put excerpts on your Amazon author central page (Amazon won’t let them post a review).

I entered my second Agnes Kelly Series book “Narrow Escape in Norway” this year and already received a 5 Star review! I won’t know if I’ve won anything until September.

“…This story is for all those readers who enjoy suspense, mystery, and adventure. I like the way the author creates secrecy and intrigue around the disappearance of Agnes’ father and pulls readers in to learn what exactly has happened to him. The fluidity in writing gives a good pace and movement to the story and the adventure, suspense, and laughs make the book fascinating to young readers. There is a sense of excitement and curiosity that builds up while trying to find out about Agnes’ father, which will keep readers glued to the book till the very last page. I am sure that, like me, young readers will be waiting for the next book.”

                                                                                     ~  Mamta Madhavan

Book Marketing Tip: Apply for Awards

For midwesterners – I’d also recommend the Midwest Book Award. I agree with Maria – My first book won an IPPY Award (independent Publishers) and my last book was a finalist for a Midwest Book Award. Both organizations have stickers (electronic and paper) you can purchase to put on your books. I find I have gotten more traction from award books from individuals than organizations like bookstores or libraries but then I don’t know who has taken a second look but didn’t decide to pick up my book, and I consider second looks a good thing too! 🙂

And remember – most (if not all) awards can only be entered for the book published the previous year e.g., 2016 award for a 2015 published book. Application dates will vary depending on the award so check them out in the fall of the year you published your book.  You may have until the spring to enter but you may not.

Source: Book Marketing Tip: Apply for Awards – She Writes

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Children’s Book Award Contests: The Importance of Entering | Writers and Authors

This is a post by Jo Linsdell and Donna McDine for those children authors out there. Personally, I think awards are just an ok marketing tool, but not the be all and end all by any means. I received an IPPY award in the historical fiction category for my first book: Rosebloom. Did it help someone decide to purchase my book? Maybe. But I’m not sure it has done a lot for me, but then

from technologywoman.com

from technologywoman.com

I figure it doesn’t hurt. So why not – if it doesn’t cost too much. Give it a go!

Children’s Book Award Contests: The Importance of Entering | Writers and Authors.

In this link Cheryl Carpinello gives a list of various contests/awards that is very helpful.


Update on: Interesting tid-bit about Writers Digest Self-Published Contest

Bob enlightened some of us on Linkedin about the scam Writers Digest is pulling off with their indie book contest.
It’s also enlightening that you don’ t find out about this until after you’ve filled out all the “paperwork” and are about the send in your money. How sneaky is that. Shame on you Writers Digest.


Indie authors, save your $100 for publishing your book.

Thanks Bob for letting us in on this!



Apparently WD heard all the complaining about this issue and has backtracked on their contest fine print clause. Below is a letter a writer received recently from WD, someone who withdrew her book from the indie publishing contest after learning about this issue. I’m not sure I believe the WD person when he/she says they have never heard of this issue before, but they did remove it.

See – the writing community does have a bit of power!

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“I’ve been in the WD publisher role for about three years now and to be honest the fine print noted below is actually not something I’d seen before. Too many moving parts, too few people I’m afraid.

“The clause for nonexclusive one-time rights is actually meant for our Annual Competition, which is made up entirely of short stories. At the end of the competition, we take the winning stories (grand prize winners and runners up) and turn them into a short book. The book stays in print until the next year’s Annual Competition. The request for rights in this case is pretty standard and the winners are generally quite pleased about having their work published, even if the lifespan of the work is of a relatively short duration. It’s also a one time, non-exclusive right, so it’s not meant to take publication rights away from the authors. They can publish their work elsewhere at any time.

“For years, I think the competition division has applied the clause below to every competition’s fine print simply as a matter of convenience, even though it only applies to the Annual Competition. Unfortunately I didn’t realize that. We actually don’t do anything with the winning entries of the self publishing competition, so the paragraph below doesn’t even apply. We just award the prizes and that’s it.

“I’m grateful you called this to our attention, as I might never have realized otherwise. I’ve asked the competition division to have the clause struck from the fine print of the self publishing competition wherever it appears online and in any future print promotional materials (though we don’t do much of that anymore). So if you’re still interested in participating in the self pub competition, wait a few days and the offending clause should have been eliminated.”