Contests are easy to enter, not very expensive and can be a great marketing tool. To help you get started, we have put together a list of links of credible and well-respected contests. We encourage authors to do this on your own, but if you are super busy and want our staff to take this on for you, use the form on this page to contact us.
Guide to Successful Contest Book Marketing
Do Your Research First!
Before entering any contest do some research. We did our best to collect only legitimate sites, but you still need to see when the deadline is to enter, what genre(s) they take, read over their list of rules, who to contact, where to send the book, and so forth.
Make It A Habit
Although many authors don’t want to waste their time on entering contests, it should be a part of every writer’s life, especially when you’re first starting out. You don’t have to spend hours a day hunting for places to enter your book, but do spend some time each week looking around various sites that could be a good fit for your title. If your book wins, this is not only a huge ego boost, but you may win a cash prize, will be advertised on their site as a winner, and you’ll have full bragging rights which will build even more buzz for your book! Imagine being able to include on your author resume, website, social networking pages, and interviews that you were the winner of a book award.
Will Winning A Contest Increase Book Sales?
Not only can it increase your book sales, but it also gives a tremendous boost to your credibility as an author. For those trying to position themselves as an authority in their field, having a contest win (or two, or three…) is an excellent way to do so.
A Great Marketing Tool
When you do win a contest, be certain to use it to your advantage. Don’t simply jump up with excitement one day, collect your prize and be done with it. Send a press release to your local newspaper announcing your win. Have stickers printed up to put on your book that lets others know you won an award. Announce your triumph on the front page of your website, post it to your blog, and put it in the “Press Room” of your website. You can even add it to your email signature.
We’ve Done The First Part
We looked all over the internet and collected the list of websites below that offer ongoing contests. There are some other places you can look too. Your first move may be to check out the biggest sites such as Writer’s Digest, but look around at small contests even if the prize is modest. You’ll have less competition! Colleges, writer’s organizations, websites dedicated to writing, and even some blogs offer legitimate contests. Next, you may want to check out magazine and book publishers’ contests. As an author you must be tireless in your pursuit to promote your book. It’s your book and you know it best. Now…here are some contests for you to look over and enter.
- USA Best Book Awards
National Book Award
- IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award
- Independent Publisher Book Awards
- Eric Hoffer Award for Independent Books
- ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year
- National Indie Excellence Book Awards
- Next Generation Indie Book Awards
- Before Columbus Foundation American Book Awards
- National Book Critics Circle Award
- PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction
- Nautilus Book Awards
- PEN/Hemingway Award
- Reader Views Literary Award
- National Book Foundation Awards
- Newbery Medal
- Caldecott Medal
- Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
- Boston Globe Horn Book Awards
- Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature
- Coretta Scott King Book Awards
- Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators’ Golden Kite Award
- The Christopher Awards