The 2022 PenCraft Award Book Eligibility Requirements and Submission Form

The PenCraft Award is a program sponsored by, and Subterfuge Publishing. Its purpose is to recognize and encourage outstanding writing and publishing in all genres. The competition is open to books in all formats: paperbacks, hardcovers, digital and audiobooks. Books may be nominated for awards in multiple categories. A fee of $39.00 must accompany each submission.


    1. General Eligibility. Eligible works include full length and should be entered in the appropriate category. Books must be written in English.

    2. Release Dates. To be eligible for the 2022 PenCraftAwards, nominated books should be newly published and must have been released (date of the first shipment of books) after January 1, 2019 and before September 10, 2022.

    3. One special award ($500.00 Cash Award) will be made to what our judges consider to be the most unusual and most significant literary work received during the competition year. Entries from all Genres will be considered for this special award. A $200 Cash Award will be made to the winning author for Best Fiction and another $200 will be awarded to the winner for Best Nonfiction. First, Second and Runner-Up Awards will be given for winners of each genre category.

    4. All books, must be the work of one or two authors. Edited collections and anthologies with multiple authors are not acceptable.

    5. Nominations. Book nominations may be submitted by publishers, authors or agents.

    6. Deadlines. Nominated books are accepted starting in September of 2021. The final deadline to receive books, and entry forms with payment is midnight Saturday, September 10, 2022.

    7. Limits. There is no limit to the number of books an author, publisher or agent may submit.

    8. Eligibility Disputes. In the event of a dispute as to eligibility, the judges will decide whether a book is eligible, and their decision will be binding.

    9. Previous Winners. No entry will be ineligible because its author has previously won the PenCraft Award or any other award.

    10. Judges Decisions. Decisions made by the judging panel will be final.

    11. Confidentiality. All work of the judging panels is confidential.

Our goal and desire is the promotion of the books submitted to us during our competition and enhancing the popularity of winning authors and the recognition of their work. Winners of our competition will benefit in these ways:

  • Each category winner receives a personalized award certificate and a digital high-resolution version of their PenCraft Award seal for their book or other marketing materials as well as a web-optimized graphic version of the seal for websites, blogs and social networking sites.
  • Each winning book receives a dedicated published page about the book and the author which you are free to quote from.
  • Each book review page normally consists of the written review, author's profile, book cover image, picture of the author, YouTube book trailer or interview, audiobook sample and more.
  • A book review page on our site is permanent unless its removal is requested by you the author.
  • Submitted audiobooks, can include an audio sample.
  • A National Press Release announcement of all winners.
  • All books reviewed by will be entered gratis into the PenCraft award competition for the year they were submitted.

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