If you're a serious author, book awards and contests are a terrific way to gain new insight and ideas to make your book even better. The goal of book contests is actually winning and getting that coveted book award. A win in these contests is not only a super way to get confirmation that your book is indeed an award-worthy material. It is also a great way to build your author platform. There's nothing quite like adding the description "award-winning" to your book cover or book description in Amazon. 

If you win, you can add it to your cover and to your author bio. It could be a great opportunity to reach out to your local book stores for book signing event. To recognize you were just honored with a book award. You can also announce it on social media or press release article. A fee to join these contests should be something you need to consider since every contest has an entry fee.

Here are some of the contests your book can join:


 Get connected with your fans and ask them for their support by voting for you to boost your chances of winning! 

  • Grand Prize Winner will receive a Kindle Fire HD 10 Tablet and a 1-Year Access Pass to Bestseller Ranking Pro
  • Top 5 Winners will each receive $50
  • 16 Winners, one in each category, will receive special badges and promotion

How the Contest Works:

  • Entries are subject to evaluation and review by the  Readers Choice Awards committee (they’re not just automatically approved).
  • The Awards committee will review and determine the final book entries.
  • Successful entries will be notified through a confirmation email.
  • All approved submissions will be featured on the Readers Choice Voting Page.

Casting of votes started January 14, 2019.

Casting of votes will be open until August 21, 2019.

  • The book entry with the highest votes will be declared the winner (authors and readers are allowed to vote once).
  • Declaration of winner and awarding of prizes will be on September 14, 2019.
  • The winner will be notified through an email from the  Readers Choice Awards committee.



  • Open to all books with an ISBN and published in 2019 (galley copies welcome). 2017 and 2018 titles are also eligible.

Winners and Finalist will receive:

  • A Ten-Month Book Listing which includes your color book cover, a brief paragraph about your title and a hyperlink to your website (valued at $2,500.00!)
  •  Instant coverage of results from our online network of media outlets and industry contacts for a combined, immediate exposure to over 500,000+ subscribers. In addition, the national media campaign kicks off in November 2019 to take advantage of the busy 2019 holiday retail season. 
  • Results Announced on American Book Fest's Social Media Pages (200,000+ Fans/Friends)
  •  Promotion to Independent Bookstores, Retail Book Buyers, Publishers, Librarians and other industry professionals. 
  •   As a winner or finalist you will have the right to highlight your award on your book cover, website, and marketing material. Award stickers will be available for purchase for all winners & finalists in each category. 

 Early-Bird Special: 

* 100.00 per book/per category (Expires July 31, 2019) 

*  Every entry will receive a 5-month book listing on (Offer expires in July 31, 2019)

 For authors, joining a book award and contest is a fabulous way to drive more attention to your book, to gain more momentum for your platform, and help build your tribe, too. Winning these awards can lead to bigger things such as finding a traditional publisher for your next book. Having an award can go a long way to possibly impressing an agent or a publisher in the long run.