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Literary Awards Program Accepting Submissions through December 31, 2020

READER VIEWS REVIEWER'S CHOICE LITERARY AWARDS

About the Contest

The Reader Views Literary Awards program helps level the playing field for self-published authors, allowing readers to recognize the most creative and exciting new books in the industry. Our awards program is recognized industry-wide as one of the most respected literary awards programs for independent authors.

Each entry receives:

BOOK REVIEW

A thorough review of your book will be provided by one of our reviewers/judges.

WEBSITE AND BLOG POSTINGS

Review will be posted on our websites and blogs.

SOCIAL MEDIA COVERAGE

Review shared on social media as well as on Goodreads, Barnes and Noble, Indigo and BookBub if your book is listed with these organizations.

SPOTLIGHT FEATURES

Review featured in our newsletter and on the SHOWCASE page of our website under Recent Reviews.

ONE GRAND PRIZE ENTRY

NEW! All entries eligible for one of our Grand Prizes $500 Overall Winner in Fiction and $500 Overall Winner in Non-Fiction

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CONTEST RULES AND GUIDELINES

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.

Eligibility

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

Books must have 2020 copyright date, except for entries in our Classics Category. Yes, this means the copyright date. No, it does not mean a copyright date of 2019 and publication date of 2020.  The copyright date is located on the copyright page of the printed book. If your book has a copyright date prior to 2020 it will automatically be submitted in 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.

Judging

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/story line, 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 Reader Views or Reader Views Kids.

We cannot guarantee the timing of when you will get the review, however, we will attempt the best we can to review/judge your book as soon as 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.

MORE ON THE “CLASSICS” CATEGORY 

Note: If your book has a copyright date prior to 2020 it will automatically be submitted in the “Classics” category. The “Classics” category is ONLY open to copyright books prior to 2020 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 2020, you are not eligible for this category either.

eBooks

We will accept eBooks, only if there is no print copy submitted in any of the categories listed, however, if you have a print copy of the book, it should be submitted rather than the eBook. If you submit an eBook but there is a print copy available, or a print copy will be available before December 31, 2020, your entry will be disqualified (yes, we check), and your entry fee forfeited. 

We recommend submitting a print book, as the title will have other category options, which might improve its chances for an award. eBooks do not qualify for any category other than the eBook category.

Entry Fee

$89.00 per title (for the initial category if submitted prior to November 1, 2020) $99 per title (for the initial category if submitted after October 31, 2020) $35.00 for each additional category or regional/global entry.

Entry fee must be paid in USD via US check or US money order payable to: Book By Book Publicity. However, if  you live outside of the United States you will be sent a PayPal invoice upon our receipt of your books. All books entered will become the property of Reader Views and donated to local charities after the awards program is completed. 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 postmarked no later than December 31, 2020. Any submission postmarked after this date will not be accepted. 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.

CATEGORY INFORMATION

Please use the following categories to complete your registration form.

CHILDREN/TEEN/YA

# Code/Genre
1          Pre-school/Toddler – Newborn to Age 5
2         Early Reader – Ages 6-8
3          Young Reader – Ages 8-12
4          Teens – Ages 12-16
5          YA – Ages 15 and Up

ADULT FICTION

# Code/Genre
6          Erotica
7          Fantasy
8          General Fiction/Novel
9          Historical Fiction
10        Horror
11        Humor
12        LGBTQIA
13        Mystery/Thriller
14        Poetry
15        Romance
16        Science Fiction
17        Short Stories/Graphic Novels

 ADULT NON-FICTION

# Code/Genre
18        Arts (Art/Music/Pop Culture/Performing Arts)
19        Body/Mind/Spirit
20        Business/Sales/Economics
21        Crafts & Hobbies/Cooking/How-To
22        Education
23        Foreign Languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian)
24        Health and Fitness
25        History/Science
26        Humanities (Mens/Women’s Issues/Multi-cultural/Aging/Retirement/Seniors)
27        Memoir/Autobiography/Biography
28        Parenting/Family/Relationships
29        Religion/Spirituality/Inspiration
30        Self-Help
31        Societal Issues Politics/Society/Environment/True Crime)
32        Travel/Nature
33        Writing/Publishing

OTHER CATEGORIES (EBOOKS, COPYRIGHTS PRIOR TO 2020)

# Code/Genre

34        e-Books (must not be available in print)
35        Classics (Copyright prior to 2020)
36        Reader Views Peer Award (for staff, reviewers and their families, and affiliates only)

REGIONAL CATEGORIES – FICTION AND NON-FICTION (NORTH AMERICA ONLY)

Letter Code, Region
NE       North-East – ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY
MA      Mid-Atlantic – PA, WV, VA, DE, MD, DC, NJ
S          South – MS, LA, AR, TX, TN
SE       South-East — KY, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL
GL       Great Lakes — OH, MI, IN, IL, WI
MW     Mid-West – MN, IA, MO, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND
WM     West-Mountain – MT, WY, ID, UT, CO, NM, AZ, NV
WP      West-Pacific – CA, OR, WA, HI, AK
CE       Canada-East – ON, QB, NF, NB, NS, PE, NT
CW      Canada-West – BC, AB, SK, MB, NWT, YK
M         Mexico

GLOBAL CATEGORIES – FICTION AND NON-FICTION

Letter Code, Continent

SA       South America
CA      Central America
EU       Europe
AS       Asia
AU      Australia/New Zealand/Australasia
AF       Africa

 

AWARDS AND PRIZES

GRAND PRIZES – NEW THIS YEAR! $1,000 CASH

Two overall winners will each receive a grand prize of $500 cash – One for fiction and one for non-fiction. All entrants are eligible for this prize!

GENERAL AWARDS

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 2021 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

Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Book Written/Illustrated by an Author/Illustrator Age 18 and Under

AWARD: One year full-page listing on First Chapter Plus, an e-Catalog 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

Reader Views Kids Award for Best Children’s Book of the Year

AWARD: One-year Full Page Listing in First Chapter Plus eMagazine. a monthly catalog distributed to Libraries/Book Stores/Bloggers and more. As well, author will receive a podcast and feature interview for the Inside Scoop Live podcast. (Total Package $1200 value) CRITERIA: Winner will be chosen from the first-place winners in the Children’s categories. SPONSORED BY READER VIEWS KIDS

Reader Views Kids Award for Best Teen/Young Adult Book of the Year

AWARD: One-year Full Page Listing in First Chapter Plus eMagazine. a monthly catalog distributed to Libraries/Book Stores/Bloggers and more. As well, author will receive a podcast and feature interview for the Inside Scoop Live podcast. (Total Package $1200 value) CRITERIA: Winner will be chosen from the first-place winners in the Teens & Young Adult categories. SPONSORED BY READER VIEWS KIDS

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 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. ($200 value) CRITERIA: Winner will be selected from the winners of the children’s picture book categories. SPONSORED BY BOOK BY BOOK PUBLICITY

The Feathered Quill Be Kind to Animals Award

AWARD: Book review and interview with author. ($150 value) CRITERIA: Winner will be chosen from all categories of children’s/teens entries. Theme of book must display kindness to animals. SPONSORED BY FEATHERED QUILL BOOK REVIEWS

The Outstanding Children’s Literature Award for Diversity in Picture Books

AWARD: Book Promotion Package from Sheri Hoyte Books featuring a book review, a written author interview and social media promotion. Includes a feature spotlight on SheriHoyteBooks.Com and an article in their monthly newsletter. ($329 value) CRITERIA: Awarded to a picture book promoting love, acceptance and tolerance of all cultures. SPONSORED BY SHERI HOYTE BOOKS

 

ADULT SPONSORED AWARDS

Reviewers Choice Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year

AWARD: One year full-page listing on First Chapter Plus, an e-Catalog sent to librarians, book store owners and potential readers/bloggers/reviewers. ($900 value) CRITERIA: Winner will be chosen from all the first place winners in the nonfiction category. SPONSORED BY FIRST CHAPTER PLUS

Reviewers Choice Award for Best Non-Fiction Book of the Year

AWARD: Winner will receive 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 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 Author Marketing Experts Award for Best Debut Fiction

AWARD: Bestselling Amazon Video Series Created Specifically for Authors ($199 value) CRITERIA: Winner selected from top-scoring entries submitted by a debut author. SPONSORED BY AUTHOR MARKETING EXPERTS

The Jack Eadon Memorial Award for the 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. 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 Reader Views Peer Review 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

Have you reviewed our guidelines, category listings, prizes, and sponsor information in the tabs above? Then you are ready to submit your book to our literary awards program!

Authors are encouraged to submit their entries as soon as possible but all entries should be postmarked no later than December 31, 2020. Any submission postmarked after this date will not be accepted.  Hint: our judges read the book in its entirety – give them plenty of time to read the book.