Named one of the best award programs for independent authors by The Association of Independent Authors!
Why are book awards so important?
Book awards sell books, it's that simple. If you want to sell more books, having an award seal on the front cover gives a book instant credibility and an advantage over other books in the same genre.
What makes the Feathered Quill Book Awards unique?
Now in our seventh year, Feathered Quill Book Reviews has
become one of the preeminent review sites on the internet. We receive submissions every day from
the big New York houses as well as the small, one or two book self-publishers. NY Times bestselling
authors have used review quotes from Feathered Quill on their book covers because they know that
a positive review from our site means a lot in the publishing world. Our award program is quickly
gaining the same reputation. Our first year saw an astounding number of entries, from all
Unlike some sites, we don't offer 100 categories or more, where pretty much every entry
will win something. A win from Feathered Quill is an accomplishment to be proud of and
promote. It means a lot. We have also kept our nomination fees low. We know budgets
are tight and we want to help. Finally, our judges take the honor of reading/judging books very
seriously - we look forward to having your book join in the process.
Rules of The Program
All books with a 2014 or later copyright date, written in English, are eligible.
Books may be entered into more than one category (see pricing for additional information).
Submission of galleys is acceptable, but we strongly encourage all such entries to include front and back covers, as well as be in final layout form. Since these are aspects that are included in the judging process, to not include them will put your book at a disadvantage. While e-books are eligible, you must submit an 8.5 x 11 printed copy with front cover for judging.
The judging panel is comprised of professionals: authors,
reviewers, editors, and publicists who are active in the literary community. In the extremely competitive book world, the Feathered Quill judges know what makes a TOP-PICK.
Judging criteria include, but are not limited to:
Ability to Engage the Reader
Interior Illustrations, Particularly in the Children's Division
Layout and Design
Editorial Quality (polish, grammar, etc.)
Ability to Fit into the Niche Market the Book is Aimed at
Submissions accepted from July 1 to December 15, 2015.
1. Best Children's Illustrated
2. Best Juvenile/Young Adult Non-Fiction
3. Best Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction, Graphic/Anime
4. Best Adult Fiction (General)
5. Best Romance
6. Best Mystery/Thriller
7. Best Historical (includes both non-fiction and fiction)
8. Best Short Story
9. Best Humor
10. Best Poetry
11. Best Science Fiction/Fantasy
12. Best Memoir
13. Best Self-Help
14. Best Inspirational
15. Best Informational (includes Business, Parenting, Sports and Cookbooks)
16. Best Religious/Spiritual
17. Best Animal - Children's and YA
18. Best Animal - Adult (both fiction and non-fiction)
19. Best Seasonal - (both fiction and non-fiction - books for all ages)
20. Best Debut Author
Fill out the online submission form.
Be sure to print out two copies of the submission form -
one for your records and one that will be mailed to us with your book(s). You can either pay online or
mail a check with your book(s). (All checks must be from US banks. For international submissions, please
use our online/paypal form.) For category 1, Children's Illustrated, please send two copies of your book. For all
other cateories, send one copy per category and mail to us at: Attn: Awards
Committee, Feathered Quill Book Reviews, PO Box 304, Goshen, MA 01032. We will acknowledge receipt of
your book(s) when they arrive.
Entry fee through September 1, 2015 is $65 per title.
Entry fee through November 15, 2015 is $75 per title.
Entries postmarked between November 16, 2014 and December 15, 2015 will be charged $85.
The cost to nominate your book for additional categories is $35/per category. Send one copy of your book per category.
All entries must have a postmark of no later than December 15, 2015.
Winners will be announced on February 1, 2016.
There will be one first place/gold medal winner per category as well as a 2nd
place/silver and 3rd place/bronze winner in each category.
Every winner will receive a signed certificate announcing their win.
Every winner will receive 25 award seals for their books.
Every winning book will be posted on our "Award-Winning Books" Amazon store page indefinitely. This page has a navigation link button on every page of our site!
Every winning book (all 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners in every category) will be given a FREE two-week ad on our high-traffic main page. Ad will be linked to url of author's choice, be it the Amazon page for the book, the author's website, or another site. Ad specs will be sent to winners along with award notification. Winner is responsible for providing the jpg image/ad. A limited number of ads will be posted at one time so as not to crowd out any one ad, and will be posted in order of receipt of ads. Feathered Quill reserves the right to reject an ad image if it does not meet the standards of our family-friendly site. Here is an example of the ads that are posted to our main page. This one does an excellent job of grabbing the reader:
If your book has been reviewed by Feathered Quill, we will add our award logo to your review page.
A press release will be sent out to news agencies announcing the winners.
SPECIAL AWARDS INCLUDE:
Feathered Quill's "We Love Animals!" Award - Two winners will be selected for this award - the top placing books in categories 19 and 20, Best Animal - Children's and YA; Best Animal - Adult (both fiction and non-fiction). Each winner will receive a Spotlight (front page) review and author interview with links to the book's (or author's) website. Review and interview will also be posted to our blog, twitter account, Facebook page, Book-Views.com and
Book-Critique.com. In addition, the review will be posted to Barnes&Noble.com and Google Books (if the book is listed on those sites). If the book has already received a review from Feathered Quill, we will move that review to our main page for not less than two weeks. - $125 value
The Write Companion Award for Best Overall TOP PICK - Adult, Children's and Young Adult categories:
Originality is key. Falling into a stereotypical plot or character is difficult for an author. That is
why this award is given to the author that makes that lasting impression. Based on pure originality, this
award seeks the writers who - like Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas or Preston and Childs' inventive detective
Aloysius Pendergast - have created a character who makes that lasting impression on readers. Do I smell sequel?
The winner will receive marketing on all Amy Lignor's websites: Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, TWC, Pinterest,
as well as a free consultation regarding their next book project. This comes with a
free edit/polish/notes/suggestions of their next book. If there is not a project as of yet, the consult
will be given to answer any author's questions when it comes to publishing, agencies, independent books,
self-publishing - a conversation regarding the here and now of the industry that may help them in the future.
ReaderViews Award for the Readers' Favorite - We will choose from the winners of all categories on the book for this award, based on Reviews Scores, Cover Design, and relevance to readers today. The winner will get a Publicity Package AA, which includes a Book Review, Live Interview and a one week Feature on our Home page, Inside Scoop Live page and Newsletter. Plus one hour of online publicity consultation. - $385 value
Maryglenn McCombs Book Publicity Award for Best Mystery - One professionally written press release with distribution. - $1000 value
Five Star Publications Award for Best Children's Illustrated - A one hour book consulting session - $200 value
Polka Dot Banner Award for Best Self-Help - The Polka Dot Banner, the book visibility site, will provide the winner of this category with a one-year Pro-Promoter profile that includes: a front page book cover ad, top-of-the-page banner, Featured Author interview, book cover ad, a top-of-every-page mini book icon, Platinum Authors highlight page placement, special easy-access browse tab to your book, and access to all available profile tabs. (See site for complete details of this option.) - $169 value
BestsellersWorld Award for Best Romance - This award includes an author page on the site and the book and synopsis added to the Featured Books page for 10 days. - $125 value
Book Buzz Award for Best Memoir - This award includes a guest appearance/book promotion on Book Buzz, the internet radioshow on blogtalkradio.com. It also includes a web page on blogtalkradio.com and social sharing.
Four Amazon $25 Gift Certificates Four winning authors, chosen at random, will each receive a $25 gift certificate from Amazon.com.
Note: "Special Awards" are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to see that all special awards are delivered to the winners, Feathered Quill is not responsible for these awards.