2019-2020 general awards, sponsored awards and prizes
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 we allow for more than one Honorable Mention depending on how close the titles 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 digital certificate and awards seal and will be featured on the homepage of our website for 1 year. Digital seal will be permanently attached to the review in recognition as one of our awards winners.
Finalists will be announced in our weekly e-mail newsletter in March 2020 and the winners will be announced within 10-14 days following the finalists. If we can possibly speed it up, we certainly will.
Along with our general awards by category and our regional/global awards, the following sponsored 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.
Note: If you are a winner of a sponsored 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.
Criteria: Author/illustrator must be Age 18 or under at the time the book was written/illustrated.
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 receive a podcast interview for the Inside Scoop Live podcast. Interview featured on Inside Scoop Live.
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 receive a podcast interview for the Inside Scoop Live podcast. Interview featured on Inside Scoop Live.
Criteria: Winner will be chosen from the first place winners in the Teen/YA categories.
The Barefoot Librarian Book Award
Award: $195 value. A professional book review from the Barefoot Librarian, a feature in the Barefoot Librarian Newsletter and on the Barefoot Librarian website, as well as mentions in the Barefoot Librarian's other social media platforms.
Criteria: Winner selected by the Barefoot Librarian from the finalists in the early readers category. Picture books should be geared toward 6-8 year old readers.
Book By Book Award for Best Children's Picture Book
Award: 20 Second book teaser video and audio with online distribution and feature on the Reader Views Kids homepage, and Reader Views Newsletter. Author will provide artwork from the picture book.
Criteria: Winner will be selected from the winners of the children’s picture book categories.
Feathered Quill Be Kind To Animals Award
Award: $150 value. Book Review, interview with author, and feature on website.
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.
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.
Criteria: Winner will be chosen from all the first place winners in the nonfiction category.
Sponsored by First Chapter Plus.
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.
Criteria: Winner will be chosen from the first place winners, fiction and nonfiction, in the regional categories.
Sponsored by Cyrus Webb, Internet Radio and Mississippi WYAD 94.1 FM personality.
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.
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.
Criteria: 1st Place book in the Writing/Publishing category
Inside Scoop Live Award for the Most Innovative Book of Poetry
Award: Value $175. Interview and poetry reading on Inside Scoop Live as well as feature on Inside Scoop Live and Reader Views websites.
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.
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.
Sponsored by Jack Eadon - Artist, Photographer, Author of “The American Drama Trilogy”
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.