Awards and Prizes

AWARDS AND PRIZES

GRAND PRIZE AWARDS –  $2,500 TOTAL

Six overall winners will receive cash grand prizes for fiction and non-fiction, Gold, Silver and Bronze awards for both fiction and non-fiction. Total cash awarded – $2,500. All entrants are eligible for this prize!

GRAND PRIZE FICTION AWARDS

AWARD: Cash Grand Prizes for fiction $1,250

GRAND PRIZE FICTION GOLD WINNER: $750
Grand Prize Fiction Silver Winner: $350
Grand Prize Fiction Bronze Winner: $150

CRITERIA: Winners will be chosen from the first-place winners in all fiction categories.

GRAND PRIZE NON-FICTION AWARDS

AWARD: Cash Grand Prizes for non-fiction $1,250

GRAND PRIZE NON-FICTION GOLD WINNER: $750
Grand Prize Non-Fiction Silver Winner: $350
Grand Prize Non-Fiction Bronze Winner: $150

CRITERIA: Winners will be chosen from the first-place winners in all non-fiction categories.

GENERAL AWARDS

Finalists will be chosen in each fiction and non-fiction category. First (Gold) and second (Silver) place winners will be awarded in each category. Third place (Bronze) will receive an honorable mention. The number of Bronze Honorable Mention awards depends on the number of entries in the category and 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 the spring and the winners will be announced within 10-14 days following the finalists. If we can possibly speed it up, we certainly will.

SPONSORED AWARDS

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’S/TEENS/YOUNG ADULT SPONSORED AWARDS

THE BAREFOOT LIBRARIAN BOOK AWARD

AWARD: 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. ($200 value)
CRITERIA: Winner selected from the finalists in the early readers category. Picture books should be geared toward 6-8 year-old readers.

SPONSORED BY THE BAREFOOT LIBRARIAN

THE FIRST CHAPTER PLUS AWARD FOR BEST BOOK WRITTEN/ILLUSTRATED BY AN AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR AGE 18 AND UNDER

AWARD: One year ad in First Chapter Plus, an eMagazine sent to librarians, book store owners and potential readers/bloggers/reviewers. ($900 value)
CRITERIA: Author/illustrator must be Age 18 or under at the time the book was written/illustrated.

SPONSORED BY FIRST CHAPTER PLUS

THE READER VIEWS KIDS AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR

AWARD: One year ad in First Chapter Plus, an eMagazine sent to librarians, book store owners and potential readers/bloggers/reviewers. ($900 value)
CRITERIA: Winner will be chosen from the first-place winners in the Children’s categories.

SPONSORED BY READER VIEWS KIDS

THE READER VIEWS KIDS AWARD FOR BEST TEEN/YOUNG ADULT BOOK OF THE YEAR

AWARD: One year ad in First Chapter Plus, an eMagazine sent to librarians, book store owners and potential readers/bloggers/reviewers. ($900 value)
CRITERIA: Winner will be chosen from the first-place winners in the Teens & Young Adult categories.

SPONSORED BY READER VIEWS KIDS

THE BOOK BY BOOK AWARD FOR BEST CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOK

AWARD: 30 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. ($275 value)
CRITERIA: Winner will be selected from the winners of the children’s picture book categories.

SPONSORED BY BOOK BY BOOK PUBLICITY

ADULT SPONSORED AWARDS

B.A. BELLEC’S PRODUCTION STUDIO MARKETING PACKAGE

AWARD: Extensive marketing package ($500 value)
CRITERIA: Winner of the B.A. Bellec’s Production Studio Award for Best Overall Fiction.

SPONSORED BY B.A. BELLEC’S PRODUCTION STUDIO

CONVERSATIONS AWARD FOR BEST REGIONAL BOOK OF THE YEAR

AWARD: Winner will receive on-camera interview on Amazon Live with Cyrus Webb www.cyruswebbshow.live plus an interview on Conversations Live Radio, an advertisement in Conversations Magazine (circulation 14k yearly subscribers, and a listing in Conversations Book Club. ($1000 value)
CRITERIA: Winner will be chosen from the first-place winners in fiction and nonfiction, in the regional categories.

SPONSORED BY CYRUS WEBB, INTERNET/FM RADIO PERSONALITY

THE TYLER R. TICHELAAR AWARD FOR BEST HISTORICAL FICTION

AWARD: Value $100 cash prize and a book review, and press release written by Tyler R. Tichelaar. Press release distributed by Reader Views. ($375 value)
CRITERIA: First Place winner in the Historical Fiction category.

SPONSORED BY TYLER R. TICHELAAR/MARQUETTE FICTION

THE MATTHEW J. HOLMES AWARD FOR BEST FANTASY NOVEL

AWARD: Choice of Facebook Ads for Authors Course or Amazon Ads for Authors Course ($195 value)
CRITERIA: Awarded to the first place winner in the Fantasy category.

SPONSORED BY MATTHEW J. HOLMES

THE ONE STOP FOR WRITERS AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT FICTION

AWARD: 12 Month Subscription ($105 value)
CRITERIA: Winner selected from top scoring debut fiction entries.

SPONSORED BY ONE STOP FOR AUTHORS

THE WOMEN IN PUBLISHING SUMMIT AWARD FOR BEST FEMALE DEBUT AUTHOR

AWARD: A free ticket to the Women in Publishing Summit and a free 3-month membership in WIP School, designed to help authors grow their author platform and build their author business.
CRITERIA: Winner selected from top scoring female debut authors in all categories.

SPONSORED BY WOMEN IN PUBLISHING SUMMIT

THE VENERATION AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT POETRY COLLECTION

AWARD: 50% off a complete editing package (including arrangement, stylistic, and copyediting services) on the winner’s next poetry collection.
CRITERIA: Winner selected from top scoring debut poetry collections.

SPONSORED BY VENERATION

THE LIVE WRITE THRIVE AWARD FOR STORYTELLING EXCELLENCE

AWARD: Choose from one of the following courses to elevate your writing skills:

  • Crafting Powerful Settings
  • 8 Weeks to Writing a Commercially Successful Novel
  • Emotional Mastery for Fiction Writers
  • The 10 Key Scenes That Frame Up Your Novel
  • Your Cast of Characters
  • The 4 Foundational Pillars of Novel Structure

CRITERIA: Celebrates an author whose work embodies the spirit of passion, skill, and creativity in storytelling. This award recognizes individuals who, much like the ethos of the Live Write Thrive community, demonstrate excellence in narrative craft, contribute significantly to their genre, and inspire fellow writers through their dedication and innovative approaches to storytelling.

SPONSORED BY C.S. LAKIN, LIVE WRITE THRIVE

THE LOVE BOOKS TOURS COMPELLING CHARACTERS AWARD

AWARD: Seven-day UK/US digital tour
CRITERIA: Winner selected from among the winning fiction titles with the most compelling characters.
SPONSORED BY LOVE BOOKSTOURS

THE BOOK BY BOOK PUB AWARD FOR BEST WRITING/PUBLISHING BOOK

AWARD: Winner will receive a written author interview and a podcast interview on the Inside Scoop Live Podcast. Each interview will receive feature postings on ReaderViews.Com and InsideScoopLive.Com, along with features in our newsletter, and social media exposure. ($350 value)
CRITERIA: 1st Place book in the Writing/Publishing category

SPONSORED BY BOOK BY BOOK PUBLICITY

THE INSIDE SCOOP LIVE AWARD FOR MOST INNOVATIVE SHORT STORY COLLECTION

AWARD: Interview 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.

SPONSORED BY INSIDE SCOOP LIVE

THE JACK EADON MEMORIAL AWARD FOR BEST BOOK IN CONTEMPORARY DRAMA

Beloved Author Jack Eadon, a long-time friend of Reader Views and a sponsor of the Reader Views Literary Awards Program since its inception, passed away in 2019. First Chapter Plus is continuing this award in his name, in gratitude and as a tribute of his dedication to his craft, his infectious energy, and zeal for all things creative.

AWARD: Full page ad in the First Chapter Plus eMagazine plus an Author Interview and Feature in the same edition. ($350 value).
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 FIRST CHAPTER PLUS

THE AMY LIGNOR MEMORIAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

Treasured friend, author, editor, and reviewer Amy Lignor passed away unexpectedly in May 2022. As an award-winning, best-selling author, her love of the written word was beyond compare. Her steadfast belief was that every author needs an editor they can trust, and made it her mission to help both bestselling authors and debut novelists succeed with ghostwriting, editing, and promotion. Reader Views proudly sponsors this award as a tribute to Amy’s amazing, selfless contributions to the writing community.

AWARD: Interview on Inside Scoop Live as well as feature on Inside Scoop Live and Reader Views websites.
CRITERIA: The book must be of exemplary quality; highly polished and edited, and a first-rate entertaining story. Winner selected from the first place winners in all categories.

SPONSORED BY READER VIEWS

THE READER VIEWS PEER RECOGNITION AWARD

AWARD: Social Media Blitz and Inside Scoop Live Interview ($475 value) CRITERIA: For Reader Views reviewers and affiliates who are also published authors.

SPONSORED BY READER VIEWS