I love to hear about authors winning book awards, and think about how much work goes into staying relevant as an author. Book awards programs and competitions are not to be feared for even a nomination can be leveraged to an author’s advantage. Here are 10 really interesting awards programs that fit into non-traditional niches.
Audie Awards, Audio Publishers Association, 191 Clarksville Road, Princeton Junction NJ 08550; 609-799-6327; Fax: 609-799-7032. Email:firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual awards prior to BookExpo America with many awards in various categories for spoken word audio.
Books for a Better Life Awards, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York City Chapter; 212-463-7787. Offers awards for first book, inspirational memoir, motivational, psychology, relationships, spiritual, and wellness. Very New York publisher oriented in its selections.
Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year, Christian Small Publishers Association, Sarah Bolme, P O Box 481022, Charlotte NC 28269; 704-277-7194; Fax: 704-717-2928. Email: email@example.com. Honors fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books produced by small publishers each year for outstanding contribution to Christian life.
Circle of Life Awards, Wickham Press, 2885 Sanford Avenue SW, Grandville MI 49418. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Recognizes excellence in writing designed to create a kinder and gentler relationship with nature and animals. Awards for books, newspaper and magazine articles, and online writing.
800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards, Kate Mytty; 414-274-6406, ext. 235. Email: email@example.com. Thirteen categories: sales, leadership, human resourses, entrepreneurship/small business, finance/economics, advertising/marketing, globalization, fables, biographies/memoirs, personal development, innovation/creativity, industry, and new perspectives.
Feathered Quill Book Awards, P O Box 304, Goshen MA 01032; 413-268-3461. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards in a broad range of categories plus extra awards for self-published authors. For more information, click here:http://www.featheredquill.com/awardprogram.shtml.
Legacy Awards for Black Writers – The Hurston/Wright Foundation and Borders Books honor innovative black writers in three categories: literary fiction, nonfiction, and debut/first fiction.
Mom’s Choice Awards, Bumble Bee Productions, 725 Watch Island Reach, Chesapeake VA 23320; 757-410-9409, ext. 712; Fax: 757-410-9409. Email:email@example.com. Recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents, and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media products and services. Awards in 50 categories.
National Indie Excellence Awards, 269 S Beverly Drive #1065, Beverly Hills CA 90212; 805-884-9996; Fax: 805-884-9911. Email: support@ indieexcellence.com. Presents an opportunity for all independent publishers, small presses, self-publishers, and POD authors. Entry deadline: March 31st each year.
Readers Favorite International Book Awards Contest, Miami, Fla, https://readersfavorite.com
Their book awards are held annually, and contestants range from self-published and indie authors to New York Times bestsellers and celebrities. The award categories are gold, silver, and bronze, and they also hold an annual awards ceremony and banquet that the winners are invited to attend.
RITA Awards, Romance Writers Association. This national association of romance writers offers awards in a variety of romance novel categories.
There are so many book awards programs and competitions on the internet. You can go to Bookmarket.com to find more or you can even spend a few precious hours at your local library researching even more for your state, municipality or specialty. Don’t be afraid to nominate yourself or you can pay a publicist a fee to nominate you as an author and nominate your book where applicable.