34 Book Awards Authors Should Pursue for 2013

By Scott Lorenz

Westwind Communications
“Do book awards matter?” YES!!
As a book publicist I’m here to inform you that yes, theyabsolutely do matter! In reality, a single of my clients won the prestigious Los Angeles Book Festival award. That then led to a flurry of media interest, which subsequently led to a major New York agent deciding to represent the book and pitch it to all the important publishing homes. Deals are in the offing. This author, needless to say, is satisfied he decided to enter.

Pursuing and winning book awards will provide you with a further opportunity to reach out to the media, booksellers and agents. As a book publicist I see the media perk up when an author client has received an award. It’s the added credibility that gives them the assurance that the book is worthwhile. It takes the danger out of the equation for the producer or reporter if it is an ‘award winning’ book.
Awards also develop interest within your book, which can result in extra sales and other opportunities.A book award may possibly bring about someone to quit in their tracks and think about choosing up your book inside a book store. A book award can offer you an edge and at times that is all the distinction you might want to propel your book into bestseller territory. In case you win you are able to say you happen to be an “award winning author.” Doesn’t that sound better? Of course it does, and you get somewhat magic that comes from a third party endorsement because an authority says your perform is worthy, and that is priceless.

Most awards charge a fee to enter. Not all awards possess a category for your genre and not all of these will perform for each and every book.
Here’s a list of my Top32 book awards worthy of your consideration.
1. Enter to win The 2013 Independent Book Publisher Awards. The contest is for independent, university, tiny press, self-publishers and independent authors all through North America and overseas publishers who publish books intended for the American market. https://secure.independentpublisher.com/trans_entry.php?srcg=ipggl1
2. Entering the Book of the Year Awards need to unquestionably be in your literary to-do list. Check it out here https://www.forewordreviews.com/services/book-awards/botya/
3. Check out the National Book Critics Circle Awards and enter by December 1 http://bookcritics.org/awards/award_submissions/
4. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction boasts that the prize is the world’s most important literary award. Entery types are due April 2 and Completed Books are due July 1http://www.themanbookerprize.com/node/20
5. The Newbery Medal was the world’s first children’s book award. Enter prior to December 31 http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/newberymedal/newberyapp/newberyapplication
6. Enter to win the Caldecott Medal ahead of December 31for your Children’s image book http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/caldecottmedal/caldecottapp/caldecottapplication.cfm
7. Find out how your book can earn a Hugo Award and consider science fiction’s most prestigious award information http://www.thehugoawards.org/about/
8. Strive to become nominated and win the Nobel Prize in literature. Who can nominate? Professors of literature and of linguistics at universities and university colleges to name a couple of. (An additional purpose it pays to help keep the ties your alma mater!) http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/nomination/
9. The Edgar Allan Poe Award for books submission deadline is September 28. See how to submit your book http://www.mysterywriters.org/?q=Edgars-Info
10. FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year submission deadline is June 30 https://www.eiseverywhere.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=22298&categoryid=74822
11. Enter to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction ahead of January 2013http://www.pulitzer.org/how_to_enter
12. The National Book Award deadline is June 15. Learn tips on how to submit your book here http://www.nationalbook.org/nbaentry.html
13. Enter the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards by March 2013. The “IPPY” Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market.http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/IPAwards.php
14. Learn much more about the best way to enter to win the Stonewall Book Award. Click for specifics http://www.ala.org/glbtrt/award
15. Enter Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards Don’t miss this critical ebook only award. http://globalebookawards.com/
16. The Deadline for the Autumn House Press award for fiction is June 30. Verify it out herehttp://www.autumnhouse.org/contest-submissions/
17. Enter to win the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Click for more information
18. Check out how to enter many writing contests, grants and awards. http://www.pw.org/writing_contests/award_fiction
19. Find out tips on how to make it on the Indie Next List to win an Indies Choice Book Awardhttp://www.bookweb.org/indiebound/nextlist/view
20. Get your book recommended for The Discover Great New Writers award http://www.barnesandnobleinc.com/for_publishers/discover_program/discover_program.html
21. The Nautilus Book Award seeks books that make a difference and inspire. http://www.nautilusbookawards.com/
22. With book trailers being an significant part of all book marketing strategies. Be sure to enter your book trailer in the Moby Awards. They are looking for the best…and worst book trailers. Click for a lot more specifics as they are released.http://www.mhpbooks.com/2012-moby-awards/
23. Here’s a service where you are able to enter several book festivals at the same time for about $50 per festival. This is absolutely the best idea. I’ve used this several times. 1 entry form, one particular payment, two books, ten plus book awards spread out over a year. Just do it. http://bookfestivals.com/
24. The National Indie Excellence Book Awards competition selects award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation in dozens of categories. Created especially for indie and self published authors.http://www.indieexcellence.com
25. Have you written a business book? The Axiom Business Book Awards celebrate excellence in business book writing and publishing by presenting gold, silver and bronze medals in 20 business categories. They possess a year-end deadline of January 12.http://www.axiomawards.com/
26. ForeWord Reviews sponsors the Book of the Year Awards. It’s open to all independently- and self-published books released that year. There are sixty categories, and in each category a gold, silver, and bronze winner. The deadline to enter is January. Take a look at: http://www.forewordreviews.com
27. The non-profit Independent BookPublishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Awards are now in their 26th year of awarding excellence in book publishing in 55 categories. All entrants receive direct judge feedback–unique in the industry. For far more information, visit http://ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com/
28. USA Best Book Awardshas a ten year track record of honoring and promoting books to the national and international community. The contest is sponsored by USA Book News which covers books from all sections of the publishing industry-mainstream, independent, & self-published. Entry deadline September 30. http://www.usabooknews.com
29. Reader Views Annual Literary Awards were established to honor writers who self-publish or who were published by little presses or independent publishers.
30. Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract and a $50,000 advance. All you will need is a CreateSpace account. Verify it out. https://www.createspace.com/abna?ref=478921&utm_id=5969
31. Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the only self-published competition exclusively for self-published books.This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. http://www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished
32. Readers’ Favorite Awards receives submissions from independent authors, little publishers, and publishing giants like HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times best-selling authors. http://readersfavorite.com/annual-book-award-contest.htm
33. Romance Writer of America promotes the interests of career-focused romance writers by sponsoring awards that acknowledge excellence in the romance genre. RWA sponsors:“The RITA” for published romance fiction novels and “The Golden Heart” for unpublished romance fiction manuscripts. http://www.rwa.org/p/cm/ld/fid=525
34. Epic eBook Awards by The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition (EPIC) annually recognizes the best ebooks in many categories. (Books may possibly also have been be released in print editions.) The awards were previously known as the “Eppies”http://www.epicorg.com/competitions/epic-s-ebook-competition/epic-s-ebook-competition-rules.html
Need one more cause to enter? Jim Cox of Midwest Book Review says, “The fact is award stickers help to convince buyers to purchase. I’ve seen this happen with librarians — when faced with two competing titles and a limited acquisition budget the librarians will take the one that won an award, any award, over the title that doesn’t have an award to its credit. I’m confident that this same phenomena works for bookstore patrons browsing the shelves as well.”
The bottom line, book awards do matter.Enter a few and let me know how it goes. Should you know of another book award I should really have a look at, please send me the particulars.
About Book Publicist Scott Lorenz

Book publicist Scott Lorenz is President of Westwind Communications, a public relations and marketing firm that has a special knack for working with authors to help them get all the publicity they deserve and more. Lorenz works with bestselling authors and self-published authors promoting all types of books, whether it’s their first book or their 15th book. He’s handled publicity for books by CEOs, CIA Officers, Navy SEALS, Homemakers, Fitness Gurus, Doctors, Lawyers and Adventurers. His clientele have been featured by Good Morning America, FOX & Friends, CNN, ABC News, New York Times, Nightline, TIME, PBS, LA Times, USA Today, Washington Post, Woman’s World, & Howard Stern to name a number of. Learn much more about Westwind Communications’ book marketing approach at http://www.book-marketing-expert.com or contact Lorenz at scottlorenz@westwindcos.com or by phone at 734-667-2090. Follow Lorenz on Twitter @aBookPublicist
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