When I finished my manuscript for THE STORY CATCHER, in a way I thought that was the end of the journey. Then I got my book contract and realized it was the beginning of my publishing journey. Now my book is about to be born and I have started my marketing/publicity journey.
One of the by-paths I might find myself on during my marketing journey is the road to a possible book award. No, I don't presume I have written a Pulitzer Award winning book, but when there are literally thousands of potential awards up for grabs, maybe my own little contribution to the literary world will be noticed by a selection committee. I might even find myself the recipient of some small book award along the way which would mean just as much to me as my winning the Newberry.
Authors should Google "book awards" as I did and they will discover hundreds of options to research. I have included some of the national level ones below but there are still more just in my own state of Tennessee I should follow up on. Winning a book award would help validate my book to potential readers and I would even get a nice sticker to add to the front cover. How cool would THAT be?
National Book Award…http://www.nationalbook.org/nbaentry.html#.VDHOVa7pUas
Goodreads Awards List… https://www.goodreads.com/award?page
Association For Library Service to Children…http://www.ala.org/alsc/awardsgrants
The Kirkus Prize…https://www.kirkusreviews.com/prize
Indie Book Awards…http://www.indiebookawards.com/
National Book Critics Circle Award…http://www.bookcritics.org/?go=awards
The Pultizer Prize…http://www.pulitzer.org/how_to_enter
Book Spot Childrens’ Awards List…http://www.bookspot.com/awards/childrens.html
Book Spot Nonfiction Awards List…http://www.bookspot.com/awards/nonfiction.html
Book Spot Fiction Awards List…http://www.bookspot.com/awards/fiction.html
International Book Awards… http://www.internationalbookawards.com/2015callforentries.html
Horn Book Awards…http://www.hbook.com/2014/05/news/boston-globe-horn-book-awards/2014-boston-globe-horn-book-awards-excellence-childrens-literature/#_
National Jewish Book Award…http://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/awards/national-jewish-book-award.html
Parent’s Choice Awards…http://www.parents-choice.org/aboutawards.cfm
Eric Hoffer (Small Press) Award…http://www.hofferaward.com/
Children’s Choice Book Awards…http://ccbookawards.com/
Digital Book Award…http://www.digitalbookworld.com/the-digital-book-awards/
Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and New Illustrator Awards…http://www.ezra-jack-keats.org/ezra-jack-keats-award-winners/
Book List Online Awards List…http://www.booklistonline.com/awards
eLit Book Award…http://elitawards.com/