The annual literary awards were established to honor writers who self-published or had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press, or independent book publisher. POD books are accepted. DO NOT SUBMIT ARCs.


The Reader Views Literary Awards contest is open to all authors regardless of residency, however, books must be published in the English language. Works published by major book publishers are not eligible.

Books must have 2023 copyright date, except for entries in our Classics Category. Yes, this means the copyright date. No, it does not mean a copyright date of 2022 and publication date of 2023.  The copyright date is located on the copyright page of the printed book. If your book has a copyright date prior to 2023 it will automatically be submitted to the “Classics” category. 

Submission for more than one category or more than one title by an author 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. It may also enter the Southeast category as a regional book. Alternatively, an author living in the UK writing about a plot in Texas may enter the Global EU category as well as the Regional South category.


All initial judging will be done by the Reader Views team of reviewers. 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, and production quality (do not send ARCs). Books will also be judged on the enjoyment and/or impact, the plot/storyline, and resourcefulness (depending on category.)

Three finalists in each category will be determined by a points-system. Final judging will be determined by a panel of judges. In the first level of judging, a reviewer will write a review, which will be forwarded to the author or contact person stated on the submission form. The review will also be posted on the Reader Views or Reader Views Kids website.

We cannot guarantee the timing of when you will receive the review, however, we will attempt the best we can to review/judge your book in the order 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 of the judging 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.


Note: If your book has a copyright date prior to 2023 it will automatically be submitted in the “Classics” category. The “Classics” category is ONLY open to copyright books prior to 2022 that have NOT participated in a previous awards program with Reader Views. This means that if you entered your title previously, you are not eligible for this category. Likewise, if your copyright is 2023, you are not eligible for this category either.

Entry Fee

$89.00 per title (for the initial category for submissions through October 31, 2023)
$99.00 per title (for the initial category for submissions after October 31, 2023)

$35.00 for each additional category.

Entry fee must be paid via Paypal. Submissions received without the entry fee will not be considered.  Entry fee is non-refundable.

Registration Deadline

Authors are encouraged to submit their entries as soon as possible, however, all entries must be submitted no later than December 31, 2023.

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.

NEW IN 2023: Electronic copies will be the only format accepted after December 15, 2023.

This ensures we have all reading materials by the end of the year. Our reviewers read your books in their entirety. If we have to wait for receipt of physical copies it pushes back the awards announcement.

For Entrants Submitting Physical Copies: Books must be postmarked by December 15, 2023.  Submissions postmarked after this date will not be accepted. IF YOUR BOOKS ARE NOT RECEIVED BY US BY December 31, 2023  you will be asked to submit an electronic copy. Reading materials not received by December 31, 2023 will result in the entry being withdrawn from the contest. Entry fees are non-refundable.