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?
While we always planned to include an award program along with the
other services we offer, we wanted to first concentrate on growing our review site.
Now, five years later, we have 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. Now we're
ready to offer the same quality service in an award program. Read the fine print below.
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. 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 2010 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. While e-books are eligible, you must submit an
8.5 x 11 printed copy with 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 June 1 to November 30, 2013.
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 Cozy Mystery
8. Best Non-Fiction Personal (Self-Help, Memoir, Inspirational)
9. Best Non-Fiction Informational (Business, History, Parenting)
10. Best Short Story
11. Best Historical (both historical fiction and non-fiction)
12. Best Humor
13. Best Animal - Children's and YA
14. Best Animal - Adult (both fiction and non-fiction)
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 books. You can either pay online or
mail a check with your books. (All checks must be from US banks. For international submissions, please
use our online/paypal form.) Send two copies of each nominated book for the first category, one extra book for
each additional 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 books when they arrive.
Entry fee through November 15, 2013 is $65 per title. Entries postmarked between November 16, 2013 and November 30, 2013
will be charged $75.
The cost to nominate your book for additional categories is $35/per category. Please be sure to
include two copies of your book for the first category, one extra book for each additional category.
All entries must have a postmark of no later than November 30, 2013.
Winners will be announced on February 1, 2014.
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 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, posted in order of receipt of ad. Feathered Quill reserves the right to reject an ad image if it does not meet the standards of our family-friendly site.
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:
Our list of special awards is growing. Here are our initial awards:
Feathered Quill's Best Self-published Novel: All self-published books, in all categories,
are eligible for this award. The TOP PICK self-published book award includes a front page
review on Feathered Quill Book Reviews and author interview with links to the book's (or author's) page.
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). - $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 Animal - Children's and YA - A one hour book consulting session - $200 value
Polka Dot Banner Award for Best Non-Fiction Personal (Self-Help, Memoir, Inspirational) - 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
Savannah's Choice Award for Best Adult Fiction Written by a Self-Published Author: Prize includes: book review
by Savannah Mae, a page highlighting both author & book to be featured for a month on the home page of
www.saywhatsavannahmae.com following the awards.
Book review and highlight pages to remain on website indefinitely, featured under "Savannah's Choice Awards"
and last but not least an ad with the winning book cover linking to Amazon.com for 1 year on sidebar.
Savannah's Choice Award for Best Children's Book Written by a Self-Published Author: Prize includes: book review by
Savannah Mae, a page highlighting both author & book to be featured for a month on the home page of
following the awards. Book review and highlight pages to remain on website indefinitely, featured
under "Savannah's Choice Awards" and last but not least an ad with the winning
book cover linking to Amazon.com for 1 year on sidebar.
BestsellersWorld Award for Best Cozy Mystery - 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
Larch Hill Orchids 'Spoil An Author' Award Because authors work so hard to promote their books, they deserve to be spoiled, just a bit. One winning author will be randomly chosen from all award-winning authors, to receive an orchid from Larch Hill Greenhouse. Note that due to weather considerations, orchid will be shipped to winner in mid-April (or later if weather is severe in Massachusetts where greenhouse is located).
Two Amazon $50 Gift Certificates Two winning authors, chosen at random, will each receive a $50 gift certificate from Amazon.com.
Feathered Quill Ad EVERY winning book/author (all 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners in every category) will be given a FREE two-week ad on the high traffic main page of Feathered Quill Book Reviews. We will link the ad to either the Amazon page of the book, or to the author's/book's website (winner's choice). Number of ads posted at one time will be limited so as not to crowd out any one ad. Winner is responsible for supplying ad to our specs (which will be sent to winners in February) and we reserve the right to refuse any ad that does not meet our family friendly editorial. Ads will be posted in order they are received.
Note: "Special Awards" are subject to change without notice.