The following are a few of the awards given out to books and authors every year. If you find out about others, please let me know and I will add them to this page. Thank you for your support and help in maintaining this page. Email: JohnKremer@bookmarket.com.
Why go for book awards? Because they will help you sell books. As five-time RITA award-winning author Jo Beverley noted, “Whenever you win, it makes it easier to sell your work.”
Leslie Wagner, senior editor at Silhouette, uses the designation RITA award-winning author on covers whenever she can because, “It’s one other piece that makes the books stand out in a crowded marketplace.”
Book Award Programs
American Horticultural Society Awards, 7931 East Boulevard Drive, Alexandria VA 22308; 703-768-5700; 800-777-7931; Fax: 703-768-8700. Each year AHS honors great gardening literature through the AHS Book Award Program, including children’s and adult gardening books.
Arizona Book Awards, Arizona Book Publishing Association, Gwen Henson, Executive Director, 6340 S Rural Road #118-152, Tempe AZ 85283; 602-274-6264; Gwen: 480-777-9250. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards for books written by an Arizona author, published by an Arizona publisher, or set in Arizona.
Association for Library Service to Children Awards, 50 E Huron Street, Chicago IL 60611; 800-545-2433. Email: email@example.com. Awards details:http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/awardsscholarships/ awardsscholarships.htm. Awards for children’s book authors and illustrators, including the Newbery Medal, Caldecott Medal, and more.
Audie Awards, Audio Publishers Association, 191 Clarksville Road, Princeton Junction NJ 08550; 609-799-6327; Fax: 609-799-7032. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual awards prior to BookExpo America with many awards in various categories for spoken word audio.
Axiom Business Book Awards, Independent Publisher, 400 W Front Street #4A, Traverse City MI 49684; 231-933-0445; 800-706-4636; Fax: 231-933-0448. 22 categories of business book awards.
James Beard Foundation, 6 West 18th Street, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10011; 212-627-2090; Fax: 212-627-1064. Web: http://www.jamesbeard.org. Entry deadline: December 1st.
Beverly Hills Book Awards, 269 S Beverly Drive #1065, Beverly Hills CA 90212; 310-862-2573; 805-884-9996; Fax: 310-564-1991. Email: email@example.com. We wanted to celebrate the physical book in print that has always and will always be a part of American culture. We consider cover and interior design, promotional text, aesthetic components and other factors that demonstrate outstanding presentation, in addition to the writing. We accept fiction and non-fiction books in a wide range of topics and categories including mystery, romance, business, self-help, memoirs, inspiration, and many more.
The Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award, 610 West 112th Street, New York NY 10025; 212-875-4540. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Given to a picture book for children, grades 1 through 3, that is considered the best for text and illustration.
Books for a Better Life Awards, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, New York City Chapter; 212-463-7787. Offers awards for first book, inspirational memoir, motivational, psychology, relationships, spiritual, and wellness. Very New York publisher oriented in its selections.
Boston Globe / Horn Book Awards, Sarah Scriver, 56 Roland Street #200, Boston MA 02129; 617-628-0225, ext. 221. Email: email@example.com. Categories: picture book, children’s fiction and poetry, and children’s nonfiction. Submissions: http://www.hbook.com/bghb/submissions_bghb.asp.
Gelett Burgess Children’s Book Award, The Gelett Burgess Center for Creative Expression, 2073 SW Park Avenue #222, Portland OR 97201; 503-860-0562. Children’s book award program honoring family-friendly fiction and nonfiction books in 40 categories. Awards to to books that will make an impact in a child’s life by helping them grow: socially, emotionally, ethically, intellectually, and physically. August 30th submission deadline.
CBHL Literature Award, Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries. Recognizes a general interest and technical book making a significant contribution to botany and horticulture. Online submission form.
The Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College, 610 West 112th Street, New York NY 10025; 212-875-4540. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The Josette Frank Award for children’s fiction and the Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for children’s nonfiction.
Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year, Christian Small Publishers Association, Sarah Bolme, P O Box 481022, Charlotte NC 28269; 704-277-7194; Fax: 704-717-2928. Email: email@example.com. Honors fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books produced by small publishers each year for outstanding contribution to Christian life.
Christopher Awards, Judith Trojan, Program Manager, The Christophers, 12 East 48th Street, 4th Floor, New York NY 10017; 212-759-4050; Fax: 212-838-5073. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Presented annually to writers, producers, directors, and illustrators in the publishing, film, broadcast TV, and cable industries for works that “affirm the highest values of the human spirit.”
Circle of Life Awards, Wickham Press, 2885 Sanford Avenue SW, Grandville MI 49418. Email: email@example.com. Recognizes excellence in writing designed to create a kinder and gentler relationship with nature and animals. Awards for books, newspaper and magazine articles, and online writing.
800-CEO-READ Business Book Awards, Kate Mytty; 414-274-6406, ext. 235. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thirteen categories: sales, leadership, human resourses, entrepreneurship/small business, finance/economics, advertising/marketing, globalization, fables, biographies/memoirs, personal development, innovation/creativity, industry, and new perspectives.
Feathered Quill Book Awards, P O Box 304, Goshen MA 01032; 413-268-3461. Email email@example.com. Awards in a broad range of categories plus extra awards for self-published authors. For more information, click here: https://featheredquill.com/feathered-quill-book-awards.
Firecracker Alternative Book Awards – Awards for gay/lesbian, alternative cultural books, etc. Given out at BEA every year. Horrible web site. Unless you allow Flash to work, you have no access to this web site. No alternatives to this alternative web site.
First Book Prize in Photography, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke University, 1317 W Pettigrew Street, Durham NC 27705; 919-660-3663.
ForeWord Indies Book of the Year Awards, 413 E Eighth Street, Traverse City MI 49686; 231-933-3699. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. 55 categories of awards with gold, silver, and bronze awards in each category. $1,500 grand prize for best fiction and best nonfiction titles. Submissions deadline January 15; finalists announced in March; winners announced in June.
Benjamin Franklin Book Awards, Independent Book Publishers Association, 627 Aviation Way, Manhattan Beach CA 90266; 310-372-2732; Fax: 310-374-3342. Email: email@example.com. Annual awards prior to BookExpo America with more than 100 categories, all subjects and formats. One of the most prestigious of awards now being presented.
Garden Globe Awards, Garden Writers Association of America, 10210 Leatherleaf Court, Manassas VA 20111; 703-257-1032; Fax: 703-257-0213. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Web: http://www.gwaa.org. Since the early 1980s, the GWAA annual awards program has recognized outstanding writing, photography, graphic design and illustration for books, newspaper stories, magazine articles, and other works focused on gardening. In recent years awards have expanded to include on-air talent, production and direction for radio, television, video, Internet and other electronic media.
Georgia Author of the Year Awards, Georgia Writers Association, English Department #2701, Kennesaw State University, 1000 Chastain Road, Kennesaw GA 30144; 770-420-4736. Email: email@example.com. Awards for fiction, first novel, memoir, history, self-help, essay, inspirational, specialty books, poetry, short stories/anthologies, young adult, middle readers, and picture books. Nomination forms at http://www.authoroftheyear.org.
Griffin Poetry Prize, The Griffin Trust for Excellence in Poetry, Toronto, Canada; 905-565-5993. International and Canadian poetry prizes ($40,000 each).
Grateful American Book Prize — An award for excellence in writing, storytelling and illustration for children’s historical nonfiction and fiction focused on the events and personalities that have shaped the United States since the country’s founding. $13,000 prize in honor of the original 13 American colonies.
Eric Hoffer Book Award, Hopewell Publications, P O Box 11, Titusville NJ 08560; Fax: 609-818-1913. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. $40 entry fee. Awards in art, fiction, commercial fiction, young adult, culture, business, reference, home, health/self-help, and legacy (titles over two years old). Plus individual press awards to micro press, small press, academic press, and self-published.
Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY), 400 W Front Street #4A, Traverse City MI 49684; 231-933-0445; 800-706-4636; Fax: 231-933-0448. Annual awards just prior to BookExpo America every year. Online entry form at:http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/IPAwards.php.
IndieReader Discovery Awards, Amy Edelman, Montclair NJ; 973-783-3052. Email: email@example.com. Izzy Ackerman, program director. Open to all self-published books and ebooks with a valid ISBN. Entrees cost $150 per title per category. 22 judges including editors, agents, publicists, reviewers, bloggers, and more.
International Ebook Awards, The Ebook Academy, 858-350-5235. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards for ebooks in the following category: adult fiction, adult nonfiction, children/young adult fiction, children/young adult nonfiction, cover design, and video trailer.
Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, Kiriyama Pacific Rim Institute, Jeannine Cuevas, Prize Manager; 415-777-1628. Web: http://www.pacificrimvoices.org. Honors books that “encourage greater understanding among the peoples and nations of the Pacific Rim.” Winners, who win $15,000, are announced in October.
Legacy Awards for Black Writers – The Hurston/Wright Foundation and Borders Books honor innovative black writers in three categories: literary fiction, nonfiction, and debut/first fiction.
Living Now Book Awards, Independent Publisher, 400 W Front Street #4A, Traverse City MI 49684; 231-933-0445; 800-706-4636; Fax: 231-933-0448. 28 categories of book awards featuring books designed to help shape our lives through creative ideas and time-saving tips.
Lukas Prize Project, 212-854-8653. Email: email@example.com. The $10,000 J. Anthony Lukas Prize is given annually to a book of narrative non-fiction on a topic of American political or social concern. Also the $10,000 Mark Lynton History Prize is given to a work of narrative history on any subject. Finally, the $45,000 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress is given annually to aid the completion of a significant work of non-fiction. All three prizes are jointly administered by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Deadline: early December.
John T. Lupton New Voices In Literature Awards, Books for Life Foundation; 317-685-2500. A prize of $10,000 is awarded to winners in both the fiction and nonfiction categories.
Macavity Awards, Mystery Readers International. Announced annually at the World Mystery Convention. For information, contact Janet A. Rudolph, editor, Mystery Readers Journal; 510-845-3600; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award — Awarded by the UK’s Financial Times newspaper. The winner of the £30,000 prize will go to the book that is judged to have provided the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, with £10,000 awarded to each runner-up.
Mom’s Choice Awards, Bumble Bee Productions, 725 Watch Island Reach, Chesapeake VA 23320; 757-410-9409, ext. 712; Fax: 757-410-9409. Email: email@example.com. Recognizes authors, inventors, companies, parents, and others for their efforts in creating quality family-friendly media products and services. Awards in 50 categories.
Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, Independent Publisher, 400 W Front Street #4A, Traverse City MI 49684; 231-933-0445; 800-706-4636; Fax: 231-933-0448. 36 awards for children’s and young adult books, fiction and nonfiction.
National Book Awards, The National Book Foundation, 99 Madison Avenue #709, New York NY 10016; 212-685-0261; Fax: 212-213-6570. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. $125 per entry. Entry information: http://www.nationalbook.org/nbaentry.html. Awards in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and young people’s literature.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the National Book Awards confer “significant sales to little-known works of fiction.” 92% of the 30,799 copies of William Vollman’s Europe Central were sold after the novel won the 2005 award. 96% of the 36,893 copies of Kevin Boyle’s Arc of Justice were sold after the novel won the 2004 award. Lily Tuck’s The News from Paraguay sold 60,000 copies after winning the award. Prior to the award, her book had sold 14,000 copies.
National Indie Excellence Awards, 269 S Beverly Drive #1065, Beverly Hills CA 90212; 310-862-2573; 805-884-9996; Fax: 310-564-1991. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Presents an opportunity for all independent publishers, small presses, self-publishers, and POD authors. Entry deadline: March 31st each year.
National Jewish Book Award, Jewish Book Council, 520 8th Avenue, 4th Floor, New York NY 10018; 212-201-2920; Fax: 212-532-4952. Email: email@example.com. Since 1950. Awarded to a Jewish-related book every year.
National Outdoor Book Awards (NOBA), Ron Watters, Iowa State University, Ames IA; 208-282-3912; Fax: 208-282-4600. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards for outdoors history/biography, outdoors literature, outdoor classic, design & artistic merit, children’s books, nature/environment, nature guidebook, instructional, and outdoor adventure guidebook. Very open to small publishers.
Nautilus Book Awards, Marilyn McGuire & Associates, P O Box 400, Eastsound WA 98245; 360-376-2001. Email: email@example.com. Awards for books, ebooks, and audiobooks in the fields of conscious living, spirituality, wellness, green values, positive social change, art, and creativity. Also six categories for children and young adults.
New Mexico Book Awards, Paul Rhetts & Barbe Awalt, NM Book Co-op, 925 Salamanca NW, Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, NM 87107; 505-344-9382. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The books must have some connection to New Mexico or the Southwest, either via the subject, the author, or the publisher. Lots of categories, including children’s, arts, biography, history, cookbooks, business, reference, religion, self-help, travel, poetry, and more. Plus five fiction categories and anthologies.
Parent’s Choice Award: Honors the best material for children, including books, toys, music and storytelling, magazines, software, videogames, television, and websites.
PEN/E.O. Wilson Award, Pen American Center, 568 Broadway, New York NY 10012; 212-334-1660. Email: email@example.com. An annual award acknowledging new and compelling literary writing about the physical and biological sciences. Sponsored by biologist Edward O. Wilson and actor Harrison Ford. PEN also gives awards in other areas as well.
Pulitzer Committee, Graduate School of Journalism, 706 Journalism Hall, Columbia University, 116th Street and Broadway, New York, NY 10027; 212-854-3841.
RITA Awards, Romance Writers Association. This national association of romance writers offers awards in a variety of romance novel categories.
Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature, Jewish Book Council, 520 8th Avenue, 4th Floor, New York NY 10018; 212-201-2920; Fax: 212-532-4952. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Submissions are not accepted. An advisory panel searches for eligible works.
The annual award recognizes the unique role of contemporary writers in the transmission and examination of Jewish values, and is intended to encourage and promote outstanding writing of Jewish interest. Each year, the prize of $100,000 will aim to reward an emerging writer whose work has demonstrated a fresh vision and evidence of future potential. Recipients must have written a book of exceptional literary merit that stimulates an interest in themes of Jewish concern. Fiction and non-fiction books are considered in alternate years.
Self-Published Book Awards, Writer’s Digest, 1507 Dana Avenue, Cincinnati OH 45207. Annual awards with a mid-December deadline for applications.
Shirley You Jest Book Awards, Liz D Publicity, Los Angeles CA 90292; 310-433-2581. Email: email@example.com. Honors funny nonfiction and fiction books. Winners receive publicity-based prices. Entries accepted in June and July.
Teen Development Awards, Justin Sachs, Awards Director.
Texas Institute of Letters Annual Awards, Southwest Texas State University, San Marcos TX 78666; 512-245-2428; Fax: 512-245-7462. Annual awards for short pieces, books, and book design. Open to Texas residents.
Dylan Thomas Prize, Tim Prosser, CEO; 44-1792-474051 or 44-7968-854435. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. They accept nominations for this £60,000 prize until April 30th of each year. The prize is awarded to the best book in English published by an author under 30. In 2006, Rachel Trezise won for her collection of short stories, Fresh Apples.
The Prize aims to encourage, promote and reward exciting new writing in the English speaking world in commemoration of the life and work of Dylan Thomas. Entrants should be the author of a published book (in English), under the age of 30, writing within one of the following categories: poetry, novel, collection of short stories by one author, play that has been professionally performed, a broadcast radio play, a professionally produced screenplay that has resulted in a feature-length film. Authors need to be nominated by their publishers or producers (in the case of performance art). To be eligible a literary work must have been commercially published, for the first time in the English language between 27th April 2006 and 30th April 2008.
USA Regional Excellence Book Awards, 269 S Beverly Drive #1065, Beverly Hills CA 90212; 310-862-2573; 805-884-9996; Fax: 310-564-1991. Email: email@example.com. From our perspective, any book that takes place in or captures the spirit of a region is a regional book.
Washington Institute Book Prize, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Gold ($30,000), Silver ($15,000), and Bronze ($5,000) prizes for nonfiction books on the Middle East.