2019-2020 literary awards categories & prize information
1 Pre-school/Toddler - Newborn to Age 5
2 Early Reader – Ages 6-8
3 Young Reader – Ages 8-12
4 Teens – Ages 12-16
5 YA – Ages 15 and Up
8 General Fiction/Novel
9 Historical Fiction
16 Science Fiction
17 Short Stories/Graphic Novels
35 Classics - For copyrights prior to 2018
18 Arts (Art/Music/Pop Culture/Performing Arts)
21 Crafts & Hobbies/Cooking/How-To
23 Foreign Languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian)
24 Health and Fitness
26 Humanities (Mens/Women’s Issues/Multi-Cultural/Aging/Retirement/Seniors)
31 Societal Issues Politics/Society/Environment/True Crime)
35 Classics - For copyrights prior to 2018
OTHER CATEGORIES (EBOOKS, COPYRIGHTS PRIOR TO 2018)
34 e-Books (must not be available in print)
35 Classics (Copyright prior to 2018)
36 Reader Views Peer Award (for staff, reviewers and their families, and affiliates only)
REGIONAL CATEGORIES - FICTION AND NON-FICTION (NORTH AMERICA ONLY)
Letter Code, Region
NE North-East – ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY
MA Mid-Atlantic – PA, WV, VA, DE, MD, DC, NJ
S South – MS, LA, AR, TX, TN
SE South-East -- KY, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL
GL Great Lakes -- OH, MI, IN, IL, WI
MW Mid-West – MN, IA, MO, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND
WM West-Mountain – MT, WY, ID, UT, CO, NM, AZ, NV
WP West-Pacific – CA, OR, WA, HI, AK
CE Canada-East – ON, QB, NF, NB, NS, PE, NT
CW Canada-West – BC, AB, SK, MB, NWT, YK
GLOBAL CATEGORIES - FICTION AND NON-FICTIO
Letter Code, Continent
SA South America
CA Central America
AU Australia/New Zealand/Australasia
Three finalists will be chosen in each fiction and non-fiction category. First and second place winners will be awarded in each category. Third place will receive an honorable mention. Sometimes will allow more than one Honorable Mention depending on how close they are in scoring.
One finalist, the top score in each area, will be chosen in each regional and global category.
Each winner will receive a certificate. All certificates and awards will be dated for 2018-2019 period. Stickers are dated.
Finalists will be announced in our weekly e-mail newsletter in March 2019 and the winners will be announced within 10-14 days following the finalists. If we can possibly speed it up, we certainly will.
Aside from general awards the following awards will be presented. All books submitted will qualify and be considered for these awards. A panel of judges will make the final decision on awards.
If you are a winner of a specialized award, it must be claimed within 60 days of notification otherwise forfeited. The awards cannot be transferred into cash and must be used as is.
CHILDREN/TEEN/YA SPONSORED AWARDS
Reviewers Choice Award for Best Book Written/Illustrated by An Author/Illustrator Age 18 and Under
Award: $900 value. One year full-page listing on First Chapter Plus, an e-Catalog sent to librarians, book store owners and potential readers/bloggers/reviewers. Sponsored by First Chapter Plus.
Criteria: Author must be Age 18 or under.
Reader Views Kids Award for Best Children’s Book of the Year
Award: $600 value. One year Full Page Listing in First Chapter Plus-Library/Book stores/Bloggers catalog. As well, author will be interviewed for Inside Scoop Live, and the interview featured on Reader Views Kids, and, Reader Views. Sponsored by Reader Views Kids.
Criteria: Winner will be chosen from the first place winners in the Children’s categories.
Reader Views Kids Award for Best Teen/YA Book of the Year
Award: $600 value. One year Full Page Listing in First Chapter Plus - Library/Book stores/Bloggers catalog. As well, author will be interviewed for Inside Scoop Live, and the interview featured on Reader Views Kids, and, Reader Views. Sponsored by Reader Views Kids.
Criteria: Winner will be chosen from the first place winners in the Teen/YA categories.
Book By Book Award for Best Children's Picture Book
Award: 20 Second book teaser video and audio with online distribution and Feature on Reader Views Kids Home Page for a week, and Reader Views Newsletter. Author will provide artwork from the picture book. Sponsored by Book By Book Publicity.
Feathered Quill Be Kind To Animals Award
Award: $150 value. Book Review, interview with author, and feature on website. Sponsored by Feathered Quill Book Reviews.
Criteria: Winner will be chosen from all categories of children's/teens entries. Theme of book must display kindness to animals.
Jewel Kats Special Needs Award
Going to a children's author whose book is a picture book or chapter book about a child overcoming a mental or physical disability.
Award: $400 cash prize, Sponsored by: Loving Healing Press
Criteria: Books for ages pre-Kindergarten to age 12) are recommended, although a Young Adult novel or graphic novel may be considered. Book can be published any time in the previous 24 months before contest date closes.
ADULT SPONSORED AWARDS
Reviewers Choice Best Nonfiction Book of the Year
Award: $1000 value. One year full-page listing on First Chapter Plus, an e-Catalog sent to librarians, book store owners and potential readers/bloggers/reviewers. Sponsored by First Chapter Plus.
Criteria: Winner will be chosen from all the first place winners in the nonfiction category.
Conversations Award for the Best Regional Book of the Year
Award: $1000 value. Winner will receive an interview on Conversations Live Radio, advertisement in Conversations Magazine (circulation 14k yearly subscribers, and listing in Conversations Book Club. Sponsored by Cyrus Webb, well-known Internet radio and Mississippi WYAD 94.1 FM personality.
Criteria: Winner will be chosen from the first place winners, fiction and nonfiction, in the regional categories.
Tyler R. Tichelaar Award for Best Historical Fiction
Award: Value $375. Book review, and a press release written. Distributed by Reader Views. $100 cash prize. Sponsored by Tyler R. Tichelaar
Criteria: First Place in the Historical Fiction category.
The Book By Book Pub Award for Best Writing/Publishing Book
Award: $650.00 value: A Press Release writing with media Pitch distribution from in-house media data base for Title. Sponsored by Book By Book Publicity.
Criteria: 1st Place book in the Writing/Publishing category
Inside Scoop Live Award for the Most Innovative Book of Poetry
Award: Value $150. Interview and poetry reading on Inside Scoop Live as well as feature on Inside Scoop Live and Reader Views websites. Sponsored by Inside Scoop Live.
Criteria: Book must possess creative use of elements as well as originality of subject matter.
Jack Eadon Award for the Best Book in Contemporary Drama
Award: $100 cash prize. Sponsored by Jack Eadon
Criteria: The characters must be vividly portrayed as those individuals who can exist side-by-side with someone living in this world now, dealing with issues of today in a dramatic fashion. The setting must be excruciatingly real.
Reader Views Peer Award
Award: Value $425. Social Media Blitz and Inside Scoop Live Interview
Criteria: For Reader Views reviewers and affiliates who are also published authors.