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Jim Carrey sports his Readers' Favorite gold medal for his award-winning children's book "How Roland Rolls."
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Readers' Favorite 2017
International Book Award Contest
Become an award-winning author!
Contest CharacterWe accept manuscripts, published and unpublished books, ebooks, audio books, comic books, poetry books and short stories in 100+ genres.

We do not have a publication date requirement or word count restriction. Entries are accepted worldwide as long as the work is in English.
Four award levels plus a finalist level in each of our 100+ categories.
Special Illustration Award competition.
Roll of high quality, embossed award stickers ($50 value).
Digital award seal for your book cover and print/web marketing.
Personalized award certificate.
Olympics-style physical award medal with ribbon.
Awards ceremony with guest speakers and media coverage.
Book displayed in our booth at the largest book fair in America.
Book review posted on 7 popular book and social networking sites.
Mini-critique of 5 key areas of your book.
Enhanced listing of your book with award level on our category pages, search results, and your main review page.
Enhanced listing of your book with award level on our 2017 contest award-winners page.
Results announced to our database of authors, agents and publishers.
Results announced to 100,000 booksellers, publishers, public and academic librarians, wholesalers, distributors, educators and agents through Publishers Weekly, the authority in book publishing since 1872.
Results announced through a high distribution press release to nearly 300,000 journalists and bloggers, as well as major press outlets like the Associated Press and newspapers like USA Today.
Results announced to 500,000 libraries, book stores, and schools (elementary through high school) across America.
Results tweeted & re-tweeted to over 1 million Twitter followers.
Lifetime full-featured listing on, an exclusive website dedicated to getting your award-winning book noticed by readers, agents, publishers and journalists.
Exposure to a huge variety of literary professionals, libraries, schools, publishers and book sellers through a listing in the CLCD world-wide literature database. Some restrictions apply.
Win one of $50,000 in prizes just for entering.
Chance to have your book made into a movie or TV show by Wind Dancer Films.
Chance to be represented by an award-winning traditional publisher.
Chance to be represented by an industry leading publicist.
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Honoring Excellence Award, BBB AccreditationReaders' Favorite is the fastest growing book review and award contest site on the Internet. We have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, and have received the Best Websites for Authors and Honoring Excellence awards from the Association of Independent Authors.

We are also very proud to be fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating). The BBB is very cautious when it comes to book award contests, as all authors should be, and as a result we are one of the very few book award contests to receive BBB accreditation.

In addition to providing free reviews to authors who range from the first-time self-published author to seasoned professionals like James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks, we also host a respected annual international award contest to help authors obtain more recognition and exposure.

Book awards grab the attention of book stores, publishers, libraries, and readers, which can translate into increased sales. As an award winner, you will be able to add your Readers' Favorite award seal to your book and all other marketing materials, as well as identify your book as an "award-winning book" and you as an "award-winning author."

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We have 4 books with Readers' Favorite and one of them won an award in your contest last year. We attended your awards ceremony in Miami and it was fabulous! We wanted to let you know that our award has helped enormously in marketing the book, and the award sticker on our cover has dramatically helped sales. We sell many books directly to buyers and they are constantly noticing and asking about the award sticker. We greatly appreciate your organization and will be entering more books in the years to come.
Unsolicited testimonial from Jean & Mary James, authors of "Wherefore Art Thou, Jane?"
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We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. As a result of these large submission numbers we are able to break down our contest into 100+ genres, where each genre is judged separately, ensuring you only compete against books of your particular genre for a more fair and accurate competition.

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"When the right books are picked as winners we pay attention. We will be spreading the word about Readers' Favorite."
--Karen A., Editor for Random House Publishing

We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants like Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).

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Rosemary Gard
"I was asked why I advertised my Readers' Favorite award if I was only a Finalist. I said I was honored to receive it and to be recognized on stage at the Miami Awards Ceremony. As a result of which, my local newspaper interviewed me and the story was picked up by the Associated Press. Then a professor from Notre Dame University called, among others, and letters started arriving with questions and orders. I thank you again and again for my Finalist award, which I believe is worth a million dollars."
Unsolicited testimonial from Rosemary Gard, author of "Destiny's Dowry."
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Diana Hart discusses her Readers’ Favorite Silver Medal on Calgary Breakfast TV.
Carew Papritz discuses his Readers’ Favorite Gold Medal on Virginia This Morning.
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Landau Murphy Jr. gives a surprise performance at our Awards Ceremony.
Authors mingle at our Friday night Meet & Greet like Harlem Globetrotter Kevin Daley.
Friday night Presentations Readers' Favorite Awards Ceremony
After our Meet & Greet authors get advice from experts in the film & literary industry.
Saturday authors see their books at the fair then its on to the Awards Ceremony.
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Miami Awards Ceremony Slide Show
Nearly 300 authors and guests attend the Readers' Favorite International Book Awards Ceremony in Miami each year from as far away as Pakistan, Australia, Brazil, Peru, Switzerland, Singapore, India, the UK and more. Guest speakers have been industry experts and celebrities like Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky & Hutch), Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America) and Dete Meserve, president of Wind Dancer films (Home Improvement, What Women Want).

Authors are recognized on stage and presented with physical award medals, then mingle and enjoy a buffet dinner. Staff photographers take free photos of the authors on stage and in front of our awards backdrop. Media is often present taking pictures, video and interviewing authors.

What do you win?

Only compete against books in your own genreDue to our large submission numbers we are able to break down our contest into 100+ genres, where each genre is judged separately, ensuring you only compete against books of your particular genre for a more fair and accurate competition. We offer up to 5 award levels in each category: Gold, Silver, Bronze, Honorable Mention, and Award Finalist.

Personalized award certificate and digital award seals Each winner and finalist will receive a personalized award certificate and a digital high resolution version of their award seal or finalist seal for their book and other marketing materials, as well as a web-optimized version for websites, blogs and social networking sites.

Roll of high quality, embossed award stickers ($50 value) Gold, Silver and Bronze winners will receive a free roll of 250 1.5" high quality, embossed award stickers ($50 value) to affix to copies of their book. These premium, professional looking stickers have a raised shiny layer and work wonderfully on book covers. Additional rolls or rolls for Honorable Mention and Finalist will also be available, as well as larger 2" versions of all stickers.

Awards Ceremony in Miami, Florida Winners and finalists are also invited to our Awards Ceremony during the week of the Miami Book Fair International, the largest book fair in America. Our Awards Ceremony will be held at the Regency Hotel Miami (named the 4th best boutique hotel near an airport in the country), where we have organized a room discount for all our authors.

The hotel will provide free shuttle service to and from the Miami International Airport, as well as to several local popular shopping destinations. We have also organized transportation to and from the book fair. We generally fill the hotel so nearly everyone you meet or pass in the elevator is a Readers' Favorite author or guest, making it easy and fun to make new friends.

Bronze MedalWe average nearly 300 authors and guests at our awards ceremony each year. All award winners and finalists will be brought up on stage to be recognized and have their picture taken. Gold, Silver and Bronze award winners will be presented with an Olympics-style Award Medal representing their particular award level. Guests will be able to take pictures along with Readers' Favorite photographers who will be taking free photos of the authors on stage and in front of our awards backdrop.

Medal Ceremony

Media Coverage We aggressively campaign to media outlets for their attendance to provide additional publicity for you and your book (although the attendance of some media is likely, we cannot guarantee it). We have been fortunate to have media at all our past Miami Award Ceremonies, including film crews and print media photographers and journalists.

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Friday night Meet & Greet We will have a Meet & Greet on the Friday evening prior to our Saturday Awards Ceremony so authors can network, socialize and get acquainted. The Meet & Greet is attended by several hundred authors and guests and is held at the Regency Hotel Miami. There is also a smaller get-together on Thursday night for those who arrive early.

Meet & Greet

Guest Presenters During the Friday night Meet & Greet there will be a presentation by guest presenters with advice on various literary topics. These presenters are often contestants in the Readers' Favorite awards contest who are attending the Awards Ceremony themselves, and are asked to share their expertise with the other attending authors.

Past presenters include Leigh Cunningham--Executive Director of the Association of Independent Authors (AiA),
Dete Meserve--president of Wind Dancer films (Home Improvement, What Women Want with Mel Gibson), Eddie Price--marketing expert and successful self-published author, Darlene Chan--Hollywood publicist that specializes in promoting independent authors, and Mark Wayne Adams--multiple award-winning illustrator, Readers' Favorite Illustration Award Judge, former Disney artist, and former president of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.


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Leigh K Cunningham
"The Readers’ Favorite awards program of events and their organization was brilliant, from the author meet-and-greet to the gala award ceremony. I highly recommend this award program to authors, and strongly encourage authors to attend the ceremony to celebrate their achievements with authors from all over the world."

Leigh Cunningham, Executive Director of the Association of Independent Authors (AiA) and author of "Being Anti-Social," was an award-winner and guest presenter at our 2013 Miami Awards Ceremony.
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Celebrity Guest Speakers
Our contest attracts celebrity authors like New York Times best-seller James Rollins and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as TV and film celebrities like actor Henry Winkler (Happy Days). Often these celebrities attend and give a motivational speech at our Miami Awards Ceremony, like previous celebrity guest speakers actor/director Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America) and actor/director Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky & Hutch).

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"Readers' Favorite is a much needed organization for authors, there should be more companies like them. They were gracious, inclusive and very supportive, responding to authors of all genres. I was honored to be included."
Actor/director Paul Michael Glaser from "Starsky & Hutch" and author of "Chrystallia and the Source of Light," was an award-winner and celebrity guest speaker at our 2012 Miami Awards Ceremony.
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Display of your Book in our Booth at the Largest Book Fair in America The Miami Book Fair International runs for a week in mid-November and features celebrities like Madonna, bestselling novelist James Patterson, Tom Wolfe, Bill O'Reilly, and Molly Ringwald.

Famous Authors at the Miami Book Fair International

The street fair portion is held the last 3 days of the book fair and will feature hundreds of booths manned by authors, publishers and other literary professionals. We will have a full booth all three days of the street fair where we will display all the award-winning books from our contest to hundreds of thousands of visitors from school children to agents and publishers.

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If you are unable to make it to the book fair and Awards Ceremony in Miami we will still display and sell your book in our booth, whether it is to an agent, publisher or consumer, which will help you gain more recognition and exposure.

St. Jude Children's Hospital In addition, 100% of all book sales is donated to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, as well as any unsold copies. We are the only vendor at the fair who donates all book fair proceeds to charity, which is popular among fairgoers and increases both the money earned for charity and attention for our author's books.

Guaranteed book review posted on 7 popular book and social networking sites
5 Star ReviewAlthough our reviews are free, they are not guaranteed. Even with over 500 reviewers we are not able to keep up with the ever-increasing demand for reviews. However, when you enter our contest you are guaranteed to receive a Readers' Favorite review of your book (if you do not already have one).

Your review will be posted on our site, Barnes & Noble, Google Books, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest. You can also post our review in your Amazon Editorial Reviews section.

Review Posting Sites

All reviews come with a Readers' Favorite Review Page and a host of free features to help you promote your book and your new review:

At Least 250 Words
Amazon/Purchase Link
Listed in multiple genres
Video Trailer Link
Book Cover Image
Author Members Area
Author Contact Link
Review Your Reviewer
Author Picture & Bio
Visitor Comments
Author Website Link
Facebook Comments
Author Facebook Link
Social Networking Bar
Author Twitter Link
Book Donation
Author Google+ Link
Review Exchange
Author Pinterest Link
Monthly Book Giveaway
Author's Forum
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Mini-critique of 5 key areas of your book All entrants will receive a mini-critique (unless they have already received a Readers' Favorite mini-critique of their book), which will provide ratings on 5 key areas of your book: appearance, plot, development, formatting and marketability.

Enhanced listing on our category pages, search results, and your main review pageWe will add your award seal image to your Readers' Favorite review page for both winners and finalists. In addition, we add the words "Award Winner" or "Award Finalist" next to your book in its category listing to drive more visitors to your review page. Just click any of our 100+ categories on the left to see examples.

Enhanced listing on our 2017 contest award-winners page Winners and finalists will also be featured on a new 2017 Contest Results page via a link in the "Award-Winning Books" box on the left side of any page on our site. Visit our Visit our 2015 Award Contest Winners page so see what our 2017 page will look like.

Results announced to our database of authors, agents and publishers In addition to our external press release, we also send an internal mailing to our membership base which contains thousands of authors, agents and publishers who use our services.

Results announced to 100,000 industry professionals through Publishers Weekly Publishers WeeklyPublishers Weekly has been the authority on book publishing since 1872. It is the most powerful and influential brand serving all segments involved in the creation, production, marketing and sale of the written word in book, audio, video and digital formats. It is read by booksellers, publishers, public and academic librarians, wholesalers, distributors, educators, agents and is critical to booksellers and librarians for evaluating, purchasing and stocking titles.

We advertise the results of our contest through two different Publishers Weekly e-newsletters reaching a combined total of 100,000 of these literary industry professionals who are looking for quality books just like yours.

Results announced through a professional, high distribution press release Readers' Favorite announces the results of our competition through a premium press release which is placed into RSS feeds with more than 250,000 subscribers including bloggers, journalists and consumers. The release is also sent to more than 35,000 opt-in journalists including the Associated Press and top US newspapers like USA Today, as well as search engines like Yahoo and Google, and popular social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.

Premium Press Release

Results announced to 500,000 libraries, book stores, and schools across America We announce our contest results and link to our 2017 contest winners page in an email to 115,000 libraries, 85,000 book stores, and 300,000 schools (elementary through high school) nationwide. We use a white-listed email company who professional maintains these lists to ensure they are current and accurate. This powerful mailing can not only lead to sales and recognition, but schools and libraries can request donation copies from your Review Page for even more exposure.

Results tweeted & re-tweeted to over 1 million Twitter followers TwitterWe announce our contest results and link to our 2017 contest winners page to over 1 million Twitter followers and then we have a portion of those followers retweet that message to their followers.

This tweet & retweet combination causes our contest results to "Trend", garnering it and our award-winners even more attention as tens of thousands of people talk about our contest results on Twitter.

Lifetime listing on - Exclusively for Readers' Favorite is a premier site whose domain keywords receive 200,000 searches each month from literary enthusiasts like readers, agents, publishers and journalists looking for award-winning books. is owned and was created by Readers' Favorite as a free marketing tool for all our award-winning authors and finalists. It only lists winners and finalists from the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest, past and present.

We actively update, market and publicize the site to grow its popularity and aid our authors in obtaining sales, fans, media attention and possible agent/publisher representation. If you are a winner or finalist in our Book Award Contest, you will automatically be added to for free and forever, continually garnering more and more attention as the site and your book's popularity grow.

NEW - Inclusion in the CLCD literature database (some restrictions apply)

Children's Literature Comprehensive Database

The CLCD (Children’s Literature Comprehensive Database) houses the world’s largest collection of professional reviews and awards data for Children’s and YA titles. They are the leading resource for independent information about Children’s and YA titles and are used by countless literary professionals and thousands of institutions ranging from universities and colleges to public and K-12 libraries.

Readers’ Favorite's book reviews and book awards have been accepted into this database, which provides our authors with exposure to thousands of library professionals, educators and students, as well as a large number of publishers and book sellers.

If you have a Children's or YA book and receive or have received a Readers' Favorite 4 or 5 star review, and your book is available on Amazon (now or in the future), then your book and review will be listed in the CLCD database. There is nothing you need to do.

If you win any Readers' Favorite award level in our contest, your listing in the CLCD will be automatically updated to display your award, setting your book apart to the countless literary professionals who use the database.

PLEASE NOTE: Currently this feature is only available to Children's and YA titles. However, we are working to expand this opportunity to all of our genres through other databases. When this happens, all qualifying reviews in our database will be submitted, along with any Readers' Favorite award they may have won.

Who can enter and how do you enter?

We accept manuscripts, published and unpublished books, ebooks, audio books, comic books and poetry books that fall into one of our 100+ genre categories. Your entry must be an original work for which you own the applicable rights.

Manuscripts must be complete and formatted according to our Formatting Guidelines.
We do not have a minimum or maximum word count restriction. However, we do not accept erotica (contact us for exceptions or if you are unsure about your book). We do not have a publication date requirement for published books and we accept submissions from all over the world as long as the work is in English. We have had entries from almost every US state and over a dozen countries.

To enter, simply complete the form below along with your payment by our contest deadline. The contest entry fee to enter your book in one genre category by the April 1st Early Bird Registration deadline is $89, by the May 1st Regular Registration deadline is $99.00, and by the June 1st Final Registration deadline is $109. You may enter that same book in up to 3 more genre categories for a fee of $65.00 for each one. You can enter as many books as you like, but you will need to complete a separate entry form for each book you wish to enter.

You can submit your book to us in the following formats in order of preference: PDF, Kindle (MOBI), Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX), RTF, and ePUB. If you have a different file format like Open Office or Word Perfect, just email it to and we will convert it to PDF for you and attach it to your submission.

You can attach your file to our contest form below when you submit your entry. If you have any problems attaching it, please submit the contest form without attaching your book and email your book to and we will attach it for you. We currently do not accept hard copy (postal) submissions.

Special Illustration Award competition for illustrated books

Illustration Award The Readers' Favorite Illustration Award recognizes books with quality illustrations. All illustration types are welcome and there are no requirements on how many illustrations you must have to compete for the award. Whether your book is a children's picture book or an illustrated how-to guide, as long as your book has original illustrated artwork that you either created yourself or had created by an artist, then you can enter your book to compete for this additional award.

The Illustration Award is a separate award, which may be won by its self or in conjunction with a standard Gold, Silver, Bronze, Honorable mention or Finalist award in your primary contest category.

Mark Wayne AdamsAll entries are judged by Mark Wayne Adams, a multiple award-winning illustrator who has worked as an artist for Disney and Sea World. He is currently the CEO of an illustration and publishing company, and is the former president of the Florida Authors and Publishers Association.

All entries will receive a scoring sheet from Mark on six key elements of their illustrations. One winner will be chosen in each of six genres: Children, Young Adult, Christian, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Graphic Novel/Comic. The winners will be listed at the top of our Award Winners page and receive a Mini-Critique of their book, as well as all of the other applicable benefits that our other contest winners receive (listed in the "What do you win?" section above).

Illustration Award Presentation Winners receive a digital 16x22 inch Illustration Award certificate beautifully illustrated by Mark Wayne Adams. Winners who attend the Awards Ceremony will be presented with a framed copy of their certificate on stage by Mark Wayne Adams.

Winners also receive a digital Illustration Award seal and a free roll of 250 1.5" embossed Illustration Award stickers ($50 value). Additional rolls and larger 2" stickers are also available. In addition, Mark will announce the winners through his vast network of publishers, authors, illustrators, professionals, social followers and his smartphone app users, as well as display them on his official website.

The Illustration Award is part of our regular Award Contest and follows the same time line, which means winners will be announced on September 1st. If you would like to compete for this award you will need to compete in the regular Award Contest as well by selecting at least one category for your book to compete in, then you will be able to add the Illustration Award ($65) option to your entry. You can upload your book for our regular contest and mail a copy for the Illustration Award if you like. Mailing instructions will be in your contest entry confirmation email.

NOTE: If no book in a particular genre meets Mark's standards for the Illustration Award, no award will be given in that genre. Because of the potential for more than one book to receive the same winning score, more than one award may be given in a particular genre.

Chance to have your book made into a movie or TV show!

Wind Dancer Films
is an independent motion picture and television production company which has generated over $4 billion in revenue from film and television properties the company has created and produced, like the hit TV series "Home Improvement" and movies like "What Women Want" with Mel Gibson and Helen Hunt. We are excited to announce that Wind Dancer Films has partnered with Readers' Favorite to provide our authors with the unprecedented opportunity of having their work considered for possible film or TV production!

Dete Meserve, President of Wind Dancer FilmsIn addition to entrants from publishing giants like Random House and HarperCollins, the Readers' Favorite award contest is also attracting an increasing number of contestants from the film industry like Henry Winkler (Happy Days), Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky & Hutch), and Dete Meserve, president of Wind Dancer Films.

Dete Meserve entered her book Good Sam in our contest and attended our awards ceremony in Miami. She was so impressed with the caliber of our award-winning authors and their writing that she has agreed to evaluate 10 of our contest award-winners each year for possible film or TV production by her company!

This is an incredible opportunity for 10 lucky authors. The chances of getting a book read by a studio like Wind Dancer Films through normal channels is so incredibly minute, that it is simply not possible for 99.9% of authors today. That is why this offer from Dete Meserve and Wind Dancer Films is so extraordinary. This opportunity is also completely FREE to our contestants. It is a part of our competition and there are no extra fees to be considered or to have your book read if you are chosen.

The needs of a TV and film production company are very dynamic and change constantly to reflect the tastes of audiences. As a result, we cannot predict the genre and types of stories Wind Dancer Films will be looking for each year. In late August, when we are finalizing our winners, they will tell us what genres and types of stories they are currently looking for. At that point we will select the 10 best books from our contest that meet their criteria and contact the authors on September 1st, which is also when we announce our final contest winners and results.

These 10 lucky authors will need to complete some paperwork for Wind Dancer Films and provide us with the latest copy of their book, then we will get it all to Dete Meserve for her and her staff to evaluate. We will contact the authors when these evaluations are complete. If one or more stories are a fit for Wind Dancer Films, they will contact the author(s) directly to discuss possible negotiations for the rights to produce the story for film or TV.

To be included in the potential pool of books from which we will select 10 lucky authors for production consideration by Wind Dancer Films, all you need to do is enter our contest using the form below and check the box on the form that opts you into this selection process. This option is completely free as a contestant in our contest and there are no fees if you are chosen to have your book considered by Wind Dancer Films (Please do not contact Dete Meserve or Wind Dancer Films directly, they do not accept unsolicited material). Good luck!

Chance to be published by an award-winning publisher

Headline Books

Headline Books is an acclaimed independent traditional publisher who has been helping authors succeed for over 30 years. They work closely with their authors so they can provide personalized attention in a team effort to get them noticed. Their authors are as varied as their books, and range from first time writers to renowned authors and celebrities. Combined, their author’s books have won hundreds of national awards, have been optioned for film production, and one was even nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Headline Books has been submitting their author’s books to Readers’ Favorite for review and consideration in our contest for years, and have been impressed with the quality of our award-winning authors. As a result, Cathy Teets, president of Headline Books, has offered to select and personally evaluate 10 of our award-winning books each year for possible publication through Headline Books. They publish all genres and even have a Headline Kids division specifically for the children’s book market.

The 10 winners will be notified on September 1st when the results of our contest are announced. This opportunity is completely free and complimentary with your entry in our contest. There are no fees to have your book evaluated by Headline Books if you are chosen for consideration and you are not obligated to accept a publishing offer. Good luck!

Chance to be represented by an industry leading publicist

Allen Media Strategies Allen Media Strategies is one of the nation’s premier media, marketing and public relations firms, focusing on communications consulting and strategy including comprehensive television, radio, print and online media relations services. Allen Media Strategies is proud to work with both New York Times best selling authors and self published/indie authors to help get their work noticed. Our publisher clients include Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, Thomas Nelson, Scholastic, St. Martin’s and more.

Allen Media Strategies author clients have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, David Letterman, Howard Stern, CNN, Fox and Friends, Bill O’ Reilly, Hardball with Chris Matthews, The Anderson Cooper Show, The Talk, The View, Wendy Williams, Ryan Seacrest, Rachel Ray, The New York Times, The New York Post, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and hundreds of other leading media outlets.

Landau Eugene Murphy Jr. Burke Allen, CEO of Allen Media Strategies, traveled with one of his clients to the Readers' Favorite Awards Ceremony in Miami. His client, Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., winner of America's Got Talent and Readers' Favorite award-winner, gave an impromptu concert for our authors. They both had such a great time at the event with our authors that Mr. Allen offered to help by agreeing to evaluate 10 of our award contest winners each year for possible representation by his company.

Mr. Allen will select 10 authors from this year's contest for possible representation by his company. All ten lucky authors will receive a Publicity Primer package, which is an incredible brain-dump of information that will show you step-by-step how to orchestrate an effective P.R. campaign to help you sell thousands of copies of your book and land you guest appearances on major television and radio shows around the globe.

This combination audio and text package includes one-on-one interviews with Allen Media Strategies CEO Burke Allen, who reveals all the nuts and bolts of successful P.R. and marketing campaigns in an easy to follow program. You’ll also receive dozens of supporting documents and audio tutorials from book publishers, morning radio producers, on air hosts, national television guests and much more.

One lucky author will be selected for a special 90 day representation by Allen Media Strategies. During this period they will work with CEO Burke Allen and his team to relaunch their book. This three month campaign will include message development, a SWOT analysis, press release, targeted email pitches, online asset review and more, all customized to the author’s specifics needs and overseen by CEO Burke Allen and his experienced team of media professionals.

The winners will be notified on September 1st when the results of our contest are announced. This opportunity is completely free and complimentary with your entry in our contest. Good luck!

Win one of $50,000 in prizes just for entering!

All authors are automatically entered to win one of more than 100 prizes worth a combined total of $50,000 just by entering the Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest. Prizes are donated by the good people who provide our Author Services, as well as industry experts.

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$8,000 in Prizes from BookBaby
Readers’ Favorite has been selected as the official review company for BookBaby, one of the world’s largest digital book publishers and distributors for self-published authors. Each year they support our award contest by graciously donating nearly $8,000 in book publishing prizes.
Premium eBook Self-Publishing Packages - $249 value
• eBook Conversion included
• eBook proof
• Metadata review
• Worldwide eBook distribution
• BookShop™ sales page
• Get paid 100% of net revenues
• BookPromo™
• Phone & Email support

5 prizes - Each prize will be honored up to $249.

Bookstore Quality Printed Book Package - $2,200 value
• 300 Books
• Digest Size (5.5” x 8.5”)
• 300 pages
• Soft cover
• Perfect Binding
• Gloss Finish
• Black Text
• 60lb Natural Paper Stock
• BookPromo™

3 prizes - Each prize will be honored up to $2,200, winner will be responsible for shipping charges (if applicable).
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$5,000 in Prizes from Outskirts Press
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Outskirts Press is the fastest-growing full-service publishing provider who has spent more than a decade fulfilling its mission to exceed the expectations of every author they help publish. Each year they support our award contest by graciously donating $5,000 in author marketing prizes.
Author Platform Set-up Through Social Media - $499 value
We will help you reach thousands of avid readers by setting up high-profile accounts for you on Facebook Twitter, LinkedIn, YouTube and WordPress. Not only that – but we’ll connect you with relevant users on each platform with a minimum of effort on your part. Your social media strategy will be planned and managed for you by a marketing professional with expertise in book marketing and social media platforms.

5 prizes - Each prize will be honored up to $499.

Book Video Trailer & Distribution - $499 value
A Book Video Trailer is a slick, creative way to showcase your work and market your book effectively to a wide audience. Besides making you look uber-cool, your Hollywood-ready Book Video Trailer comes with a number of other fringe benefits:

• Entertaining format that will hook readers and keep them engaged.
• Straight-to-the-point presentation of all the vital details of your book.
• High visibility across a variety of social media platforms, including: YouTube, DailyMotion, Facebook, Twitter and more!

5 prizes - Each prize will be honored up to $499.
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$5,000 in Prizes from The Cadence Group
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For the past decade The Cadence Group has been providing authors, publishers and small presses with the guidance they need to create and market professional grade books that compete with those put out by the bigger houses. Each year they support our award contest by graciously donating $5,000 in book counseling prizes.
1 Hour Book Consulting Session - $150 value
The team at The Cadence Group specializes in helping to guide authors and small presses through the entire book publishing process step-by-step. During your one-hour phone consultation they will help with ANY questions you have. Whether your concern is book sales, book marketing, printing, distribution, fulfillment, cover design, trim sizes, pricing, titles, ebook conversion or general questions on the "business" of publishing, they will answer your questions and set you on the path to success.

33 prizes - Each prize will be a 1 hour phone consultation designed to try and answer all of your book related questions.

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$5,500 in Prizes from Blue Harvest Creative
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With over 20 years experience in design, publishing, marketing, and promotion, Blue Harvest Creative is a multi-award-winning author solutions leader specializing in creating professional print and eBook designs. A full-range of custom services are offered including branding, websites, marketing materials, advertising, and more, with an emphasis on cultivating lasting author relationships. Each year they support our award contest by graciously donating over $5,000 in book design prizes.
Complete Book Design, Author Branding, Consultation & Social Media Package - $1,105 value
Custom designed print and matching eBook along with an author branding/social media package. Everything is created using Adobe CreativeSuite, which is the same software used by the traditional publishing industry. Package also includes up to two hours consultation.

Custom-Designed Book Package (Print book and matching eBook) • Custom-designed cover that targets the book's genre and story.
• Creation of tagline and book blurb to maximize marketability.
• Interior design includes chapter graphics and decorative elements.
• Hi-resolution PDF print files provided for cover and interior.
• eBooks designed to match the print version as closely as possible.
• eBooks are validated and W3C compliant.
• eBook files are provided in MOBI (Kindle) and ePUB (all other reading devices) formats.

Author Branding and Imprint Creation • We create brands for authors, not just books.
• Creation of imprint and author branding for book and social media marketing, to build a strong, recognizable author image.

Social Media and Consultation Package • Social media banners for Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
• Up to three web ads for social media and web advertising.
• Consultation - up to two hours of marketing and self-publishing advice.

5 prizes - Each prize package includes a complete book design (up to a $725 value) and a social media/consultation package ($380 value).

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$5,000 in Prizes from Castelane
Castelane offers a one-stop-shop for eBook publishing services and book marketing at prices you can afford. They specialize in high impact book video trailers, unique custom and pre-made cover designs, book promotion and more. Each year they support our award contest by graciously donating $5,000 in video marketing prizes.
Touchstone Book Video Package - $499 value
Showcase your great book with the 90-120 second Touchstone Book Video Trailer. It combines royalty-free still images with live video for a true movie-trailer effect. When you add a book video in your marketing mix, you’re ready to increase sales and make a strong impact in the market.

3 prizes - Each prize will be honored up to $499.

Snap Plus Book Video Package - $275 value
Advertise your book with our Snap Plus Video Trailer that is sure to impress your audience. This live-action book promo video includes 45-60 seconds of royalty-free still images and live video. With all of the work, time and effort you put into writing and publishing your book, you need an advertising video trailer that sells.

3 prizes - Each prize will be honored up to $275.
Simply Animation Book Video - $425 value
Working from your picture book’s art, the Simply Animation Video Trailer will bring your story to life. Make your audience smile with a little animated gem. This 60-90 second spot includes royalty-free images, video, music, standard sound effects, animated titles and backgrounds.

3 prizes - Each prize will be honored up to $425.
Custom Cover & eBook Conversion Package - $250 value
We’ll design a book cover with impact and convert your book for the two most popular eBook formats. We’ll even throw in a social media billboard to show off your new release.

6 prizes - Each prize will be honored up to $250.
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$9,000 in Prizes from The Authors Show
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The Authors Show is a professional audio & video book marketing company offering authors services like a professional level interview to help market their work. They are one of the most popular Internet radio shows in existence today, enjoying extremely high traffic and listenership. The Authors Show supports our award contest by graciously donating $9,000 in book audio marketing prizes.
Media Marketing Package - $750 value
Danielle Hampson, Executive Producer of The Authors Show, spoke to our award-winning authors at our 2015 Readers' Favorite Awards Ceremony in Miami on the importance being prepared for your media appearances. She has created this package to help you create a powerful radio interview to improve your sales and get you noticed.

Online Radio Interview Program• Professional Online Radio Interview & MP3 recording for your marketing
• 12 Months Interview Archiving plus Featured Rebroadcasts
• 12 Months Daily Marketing Outreach & Weekly publicity
• 12 Months Dedicated Web Page for your Broadcast
• 12 Months Media & Social Media Platform Package

Search Engine Optimization/Amazon Page Optimization Your choice of a search optimization of your website or of your Amazon page to help you appear in more search results and maximize the promotion from your radio broadcasts.

1 Hour Media Coaching SessionExecutive Producer Danielle Hampson will prepare you for your interview on The Authors Show, and will also coach you on how to best present yourself for interviews on traditional and online broadcasting platforms.

12 prizes - Each prize will be honored up to $750.
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$13,000 in Prizes from Readers' Favorite
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Get Published with our E-Query Service
Help your book go viral with a Video Book Trailer
Online Radio Interview and accompanying Press Release
Book Conversion to all major eReaders (Kindle, Nook, iPad, etc.)
Professional Proofreading Service
One month promotion in our Featured Book rotator
5 Express Reviews package
Roll of high quality, embossed stickers
15 prizes - 1 roll of 250 1.5" stickers for any award level or 5 star review
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On September 1, 2017 when we announce the winners of our 2017 Award Contest, we will also announce the lucky winners of our 100+ prizes. Winners are picked at random and it does not matter how many categories you entered or whether you won an award or not. If you win a Readers' Favorite service that you have already paid for then we will provide you with another prize of equal or greater value.

Judging and contest timeline

We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. As a result of these large submission numbers we are able to break down our contest into 100+ genres, ensuring you only compete against books of your particular genre for a more fair and accurate competition. Each genre is judged separately and will have a different number of entries depending on its popularity.

Up to four levels of winners will be chosen in each genre: Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention, as well as a possible Finalist level. Because awards are determined by a rating score and not by the number of entrants, not all award levels will be given in every genre.

Contest entries are judged all year long and are given a rating score based on key literary elements. The final contest deadline is June 1st and winners are announced on September 1st, giving winners and finalists two months to arrange travel plans to Miami for our Awards Ceremony and for the display and sale of their books in our booth during the Miami Book Fair International in mid-November.

Due to the popularity and size of our contest, a common question is what role does competition play in the judging. Let's assume a particular entry is given a rating that equates to a Silver medal. If the category that book was entered in did not have any other qualifying entries, then it would simply be awarded the Silver medal. Its award level would not be increased due to lack of competition.

On the other hand, if that category had two books that had been rated in the Silver medal range, then those books would be ranked with the top book garnering the Silver medal and the second winning a Bronze medal. If the two books had the exact same Silver rating, then both would be awarded the Silver medal.

If you visit our Award Contest Winners pages, which lists our winners from previous years, you will notice that in some cases the same award is given more than once in the same category, which is the result of more than one book receiving the same judging score. You will also notice that some award levels are not awarded at all in a particular genre; this is because despite the number of entries in that category, no book received a score equating to the missing award level.

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2017 Book Award Contest Entry Form

Early Bird deadline - April 1 ($89), Regular Deadline - May 1 ($99), Final Deadline - June 1 ($109)

If you have either REQUESTED or RECEIVED a Readers’ Favorite review for this book please enter its Readers’ Favorite Review ID or your email address in the box below, otherwise leave the box blank.
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If your book is on Amazon please enter your 10 digit ISBN or Amazon ASIN number, otherwise leave this box blank. You can find this information on your Amazon page. Your book does NOT have to be on Amazon to receive a review or enter our contest and you can update this information at any time from your Authors Area.
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If your book has illustrations you can enter it in our Illustration Award competition. Please read the Special Illustration Award competition for illustrated books section for more information.
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