Guidelines and other Important Information

The annual literary awards was established to honor writers who self-published or had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press, or independent book publisher geared for the North American reading audience. POD books are accepted.


Reader Views Literary Awards contest is open to all authors regardless of residency; however, the books must be published in the English language as they will be scored by North American judges. Works published by major book publishers are not eligible. Books must have 2017 copyright date except for the Classics Category. (Copyright date is on the copyright page of the printed book. Yes, that means copyright date - no, it does not mean a copyright date of 2012 and publication in 2017. This means copyright in 2017. Please do not ask us for concessions because it's not going to happen.) Submission for more than one category or more than one title is acceptable. Books that have racist themes will be not be accepted.

Regional or Global entries may refer to the book's topic or the author's residency. For example, an author living in Alberta writing about a plot in Alabama may enter Canada-West as a regional author and/or the Southeast as a regional book. Alternatively, an author living in the UK writing about a plot in Texas may enter Global EU as well as Regional S.


All initial judging will be done by Reader Views reviewers. They are experts in their fields as well as avid readers. Consider them your reading audience. Criteria for judging is content/originality, presentation/design, innovation, social relevance, production quality, enjoyment/impact, plot/story line, and resourcefulness (depending on category.) Three finalists in each category will be determined by a point system. Final judging will be determined by a panel of judges.

In the first level of judging, a reviewer will write a review, which will be forwarded to the author or contact person stated in the submission form. The review will also be posted on Reader Views or Reader Views Kids as well as our blog. We cannot guarantee the timing of when you will get the review, however, we will attempt the best we can to review/judge your book as soon as it is submitted. Keep in mind, the sooner you submit your book, the sooner you will get a review. The review will be in a form of tear sheet and you may use it for your marketing purposes. If you have already received a review from us, you will not be receiving another review. Your book will automatically go into the second level in the process.

Please do not wait until the deadline date to submit your book if your book is now in print. It is only fair to other authors, who publish late in the fall, to use this deadline date.

Please note: The "Classics" category is ONLY open to copyright books prior to 2017 that have not participated in previous awards with Reader Views. (This means that if you entered your title previously, you are not eligible for this category. If your copyright is 2017, you are not eligible for this category either.)


We will accept eBooks, only if there is no print copy submitted in any of the categories listed below. If you have a print copy of the book, it should be submitted rather than the eBook. If you submit an eBook but there is a print copy also submitted your entries will be disqualified. (Yes, we will check.) We recommend the print book be submitted when available, as the title will have other category options, which might improve its chances for an award.

Entry Fee

$89.00 per title (for the initial category) if postmarked before October 31, 2017.
$110.00 if postmarked between November 1 and December 31, 2017.
$25.00 for each additional category or regional/global entry.

Entry may be combined with any Express Review Package if requested at the same time. (Indicate on Express Review submission form that you want to add your book into the awards program.) Entry fee is reduced to $69.00 per title (for the initial category) if requested before October 31, 2017, $80.00 if requested between November 1 and December 31, 2017. $25.00 for each additional category or regional/global entry remains the same.

Entry fee must be in USD via U.S. check or U.S. money order payable to: Book By Book Publicity. (Our bank will no longer accept International Money Orders. If you are from out of the United States please contact us for instructions for payment.) If you are requesting your book be entered in the awards contest at the same time as your Express Review is done, you may pay by credit card.

Submission for more than one category or area is acceptable. Submit two copies of the book for the first category, and an additional book for each other category to be considered.

For example, if you enter your book in the "Fiction - Historical" category as well as "Young Adult" and "SW Region" you must send in four books.

All books entered will become the property of Reader Views and donated to local charities after the awards program is completed.

Submissions received without the entry fee will not be considered.  Entry fee is non-refundable.

Registration Deadline

Authors are encouraged to submit their entries as soon as possible but postmarked no later than December 31, 2017. Any submission postmarked after this date will not be accepted. (Help us prevent judge burn-out and submit your book early!)

Hint: our judges read the book in its entirety - give them plenty of time to read the book. We will confirm your entry via e-mail so print your email address clearly.