The Annual Literary Awards for 2016-2017 is Now OPEN to new submissions.
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 and targeted for the North American market. Work published by major book publishers are not eligible. Books must have 2016 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 doesn't mean a copyright date of 2012 and publication in 2016. This means copyright in 2016. 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 South-East as a regional book. Or, 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 reviewers from Reader Views. 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 jury of judges.
In the first level of judging, a reviewer will write a review and it 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 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 below is ONLY open to copyright books prior to 2016 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 2016, 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.
# Code, Genre
(1) Children - toddler to 5
(2) Children - early reader, age 6 to 8
(3) Children - young reader, age 8 to 12
(4) Teen - age 12 to 16
(5) Young Adult - age 15 to 18
# Code, Genre
(7) Art/Music/Pop Culture/Performing Arts
(14) General Fiction/Novel
(15) Short Stories/Graphic Novel
(17) Historical Fiction
(19) Humanities (Men’s-Women’s issues/Multi-cultural/Sports)
(25) Religion (Eastern/Western)
(26) Romance Novel
(27) Science Fiction
(29) Societal Issues (Politics/Society/Environment/Current Events/True Crime)
(33) Classics (copyrights open to all years prior to 2014)
(34) Foreign Languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian)
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
Letter Code, Country
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 2016-2017 period. Stickers are no longer dated.
Finalists will be announced in our weekly e-mail newsletter in March 2017 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 jury 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.
*Reviewers Choice Award for Best Book Written by An Author 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.
*I Have Something To Say Press Award for Best Children’s Book of the Year
Award: Consideration for publication of their next book book project. As well, author will be interviewed for I have Something To Say Live, and the interview featured on www.ihavesomethingtosaypres.com. Sponsored by I Have Something To Say Press
Criteria: Winner will be chosen from the first place winners in the Children’s categories.
*Garcia Memorial Prize for the Best Fiction Book of the Year
Award: $1000 value. Package consists of one press release written and distributed to media targets. Sponsored by Maryglenn McCombs Book Publicity.
Criteria: Winner will be chosen from all first place winners in the fiction categories.
*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. Plus $100 cash. 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 and distributed by Reader Views. 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: $850.00 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 ScoopLive Award for the Most Innovative Book of Poetry
Award: Value $125. 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.
*I Have Something To Say Award for the Best Book Sharing Life Lessons Through Story Telling
Award: Podcast interview with author on I Have Something to Say Live featured on www.ihavesomethingtosaypres.com and book review posted in the I Have Something To Say Press Blog. Consideration for Publication of the winner's next book project. Sponsored by I Have Something To Say Press.
Criteria: Book must focus on sharing life lessons through story telling.
*Richard Boes Award
Richard enlisted into the US Army and served in Vietnam in 1969 - 1970 with the First Air Cav. He is the author of two books, The Last Dead Soldier Left Alive (2007) a firsthand inquiry into why thousands of Vietnam veterans have committed suicide and Last Train Out (2008). Right up to his death Richard was writing a third, In the Valley of Dry Bones. He passed away on Feb 21st, 2009 at the VA Hospital
in Albany, NY.
Award: $100 cash prize. Sponsored by Modern History Press
Criteria: Best debut book by a Veteran (fiction or memoir)
* Online Book Fair Award - (Pending Confirmation)
Award: A Full Booth Design with On Month Feature and pitching to media list for the Best Book of the year.
Criteria: Winner will be selected from all winners in all genres.
$85.00 per title (for the initial category) if postmarked before October 31, 2016,
$105.00 if postmarked between November 1 and December 1, 2016.
$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 $60.00 per title (for the initial category) if requested before October 31, 2016, $70.00 if requested between November 1 and December 1, 2016. $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.
Authors are encouraged to submit their entries as soon as possible but postmarked no later than December 1, 2016. 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.
Registration for Print Books
If you have purchased a publicity package for the title you are entering please click HERE to download the form.
(scroll down for eBook submission form)
Be sure one form is included with each title submitted. If submitting more than one title or in more than one category, one check or money order may be included for all submissions.
Be sure to send appropriate number for books. (Two for the first category, one for each additional category.) Registration form must accompany each title and sent to:
Book By Book Publicity
Reader Views Literary Awards
6705 Hwy. 290 W., Ste 502-255
Austin, TX 78735
If sending check, please make it payable to: Book By Book Publicity
Registration for eBooks
This entry form is for eBooks when there is no print copy available. If you enter an eBook and there is a print copy available your entry will be disqualified and fees will NOT be refunded. Please don't ask us for concessions, it will not happen.)
Click HERE to download, complete form and email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
The above forms are to be filled out online. Once filled out, save it into a file. Email your entry form and PDF of your eBook in a zip file to: email@example.com (DO NOT send as two attachments - the entry form must be in a zip file to qualify. If you don't know how to create a zip file please Google for the instructions.) In the subject line enter: Reader Views Awards Entry - eBook
Once you have emailed submission Form and eBook, fee will be Invoiced to you through Pay-Pal. Submission will not be processed until payment of Pay-pal Invoice has been received.