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Author's Circle Awards Guidelines/Terms & Conditions

Submission Requirements for ALL Awards

  • Books may be published, self-published, or in ARC/Galley stages. Unfinished manuscripts are NOT accepted.

 

  • Books can be in ebook (epub or PDF), paperback, or audiobook format. Handwritten books are not accepted.

 

  • Books must be written in English.
     

  • All qualifying novels for Book of the Year awards must be published or re-released in 2018

  • Qualifying novels for Novel of Excellence awards do NOT need to be published in 2018

*These requirements do not apply to the Illustrator of the Year Award

Novel of Excellence Award Eligibility - DEADLINE 4/31/19

 

  • One Novel of Excellence will be awarded each year. There are is no required age range or audience to qualify for this award (ie Young Adult Romance qualifies as "Romance" and Middle Grade Fantasy qualifies as "Fantasy")

  • The winner will receive a digital image of our Novels of Excellence seal to place on their book cover and an award certificate. Award announcements will also be publicized on our website and social media outlets through Author's Circle.
     

  • All entrants are welcome to affix our "Author's Circle Award Nominee" seal to the cover of their book after submitting.

 

  • Qualifying novels for Novel of Excellence awards do NOT need to be published in 2018.

  • Books published by Acorn Publishing are not eligible for any Author's Circle awards due to a conflict of interest.

 
 

Book of the Year Awards Eligibility - DEADLINE 4/31/19

*A book may be entered under more than one genre as long as separate entry forms and payments are submitted ($35 per genre)

One Book of the Year award will be awarded per year in the following categories:

 

Children's Book of the Year Award

Qualifying novels can be picture books (for babies and/or toddlers 0-4), young readers and/or chapter novels for ages ranging 4-8 years old.

Middle Grade Book of the Year Award

Qualifying novels must fall into the 8-12 age range and must be considered "middle grade" by traditional publishing standards.

Young Adult Book of the Year Award

Qualifying novels must fall into the 12 and up age range and must be considered "young adult" by traditional publishing standards.

New Adult Book of the Year Award

Qualifying novels must feature a protagonist in the 18-25 year age range and must be considered "new adult" by traditional publishing standards.

 

Fiction Book of the Year Award

Young adult, new adult and adult fiction all qualify for this award. We are looking for an extraordinary work of fiction that is unique and beautifully written. Children's books of any age range do not qualify.

Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award

Young adult, new adult and adult fiction all qualify for this award. We are looking for an extraordinary work of non-fiction with an inspirational story that is told in a compelling way. Children's books of any age range do not qualify.

Illustrator of the Year Award

Any artist of character illustration qualifies for this award. This includes children's books, comics, graphic novels, individual character drawings, etc. The work does NOT have to be published, but must be available to a public audience through a website or for purchase through any retailer. There are no publication dates or completion dates associated with this award.

Cover of the Year Award

Any book that has a cover, no matter the age range, qualifies for this award.

  • Each winner will receive a digital image of the relevant Book of the Year seal to place on their book cover and an award certificate. Award announcements will also be publicized on our website and social media outlets through Acorn Publishing.

 

  • All entrants are welcome to affix our "Author's Circle Award Nominee" seal to the cover of their book after submitting. 

  • Unfortunately, books published by Acorn Publishing are not eligible for any Author's Circle awards due to a conflict of interest.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Entering Multiple Awards

 

  • Simultaneous award entry is permitted. A book may be entered for as many awards as it qualifies for.

  • Applying for multiple Book of the Year awards is permitted.

  • Applying for Book of the Year AND Novels of Excellence awards is permitted.

 

  • All entries must be accompanied by separate entry forms.

  • Separate payment is required for each entry.

 

Terms & Conditions

  • Entry submissions by Authors, Illustrators, Publishers, Self Publishers and Agents are welcome.

  • You may apply for all awards online HERE for faster service. All books not submitted online must be mailed to

Author's Circle

9616 Farmington Drive

Lakeside, CA 92040

  • Mailed books must be accompanied by an Official Entry Form. Photocopies of the Official Entry Form are acceptable.

  • All materials must be postmarked within 10 days of the entry deadline.  We provide a grace period of 14 calendar days following the final entry deadline to allow for all entry materials to arrive. Author's Circle cannot be held responsible for entry materials which do not arrive within the allotted time-frame.  

  • Author agrees to allow Author’s Circle the use of their book cover, back cover blurb, author photo, and excerpts of the book for promotional purposes. Image material may be taken from author’s website and/or Goodreads, Amazon, etc.

  • Author agrees to allow Author’s Circle to announce winner names and awards, along with links to author website and/or author’s social media outlets, on the Author’s Circle website as well as other marketing platforms.

  • Fees are non-refundable.

  • Author’s Circle reserves the right to refund award entry fees and decline to consider any book.

  • Author's Circle cannot be held responsible for entry materials which do not arrive.  

  • All entry material sent through the mail becomes the physical property of Author's Circle.

  • Books submitted without completion of payment will not be considered for awards, furthermore, if a novel is mailed without payment, Author's Circle is not responsible for returns.

  • We accept check, money order or credit card payment for the required judging fee. All checks will be cashed within 60 days of the competition's final deadline.

  • By checking the “agree to terms and conditions” box and submitting the award entry form, I affirm I am authorized to represent the work submitted and/or the author.

  • Author's Circle reserves the right to deem a book ineligible based on factors not mentioned in these terms and conditions.

Judging

 

  • Entries will be evaluated on content, writing quality and overall quality of production and appearance.

  • In the event our judges determine that no entries submitted in any given category are deemed worthy of receiving the Book of the Year, or Novel of Excellence Award, Author's Circle reserves the right to consider qualifying books entered into other categories or to forfeit that category for the year under consideration.

  • In the case of any dispute pertaining to the Author's Circle Awards, the decision of Author's Circle shall be final.

  • All final scores and judging remarks are the property of Author's Circle and will not be made available to any award recipients, entrants, or outside parties.