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Welcome to The 2023rd PenCraft Book Awards and the new
Seasonal Book Awards!


Win $500 from the PenCraft Book Award competition that celebrates the best books submitted and reviewed during the prior year.

The PenCraft Book Awards have implemented a new Seasonal Book Award to complement their Annual PenCraft Book Award Competition. Each entry received for competing in the Annual PenCraft Book Award will automatically become an entrant for the new Seasonal Book Awards. There is no additional charge to have your book considered for the Seasonal Book Awards. These Seasonal Book Awards will be presented each quarter for the best books received during the previous quarter/s.  See more information below on how this new competition will be conducted.

The seventh annual PenCraft Book Awards Competition and the Seasonal PenCraft Book Awards Competition are open to all books written in the English Language with an ISBN and published between 2020 and 2023.

There are two ways to enter:

  1. Your books can be entered into the competition by submitting them to us by snail mail or by providing a pdf copy to us before the 2023rd deadline. The deadline is Midnight on September 10, 2023. The submission fee per book per category is $39. (Click here for Submission Instructions)
  2. If you've had a book reviewed by AuthorsReading.com during the 2022-2023  submission window, then that book will have automatically been entered into the two competitions.

Information on the Seasonal Book Awards for BEST BOOKS of the Season

After each defined quarter, (see chart below) the books previously entered will be evaluated for the upcoming Seasonal Book Awards using the same criteria applied in the Annual PenCraft Awards competition. All the books entered into the Annual Book Awards competition between 9/11/22 and 9/10/23 will be eligible for the Annual PenCraft Book Awards. The winning of a Seasonal Book Award will not affect the eligibility to win in the Annual PenCraft Book Award Competition.

Date Book Entered Into The PenCraft Book Award Competiton Eligible to Win Best Book Awards for Winter Eligible to Win Best Book Awards for Spring Eligible to Win Best Book Awards for Summer Eligible to Win Best Book Awards forFall Eligible to Win the Annual PenCraft Book Awards
9/11/22 and 12/31/22
1/1/23 and 3/31/23  
4/1/23 and 6/30/23    
7/1/23 and 9/10/23      

Winners of the Seasonal Book Awards will receive a personalized award certificate and a high-resolution digital version of their Seasonal Book Awards 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.

A special national press release will be published about the Seasonal Book Awards’ winners each quarter.

 

More About the Annual 2023 PenCraft Book Awards

The Grand Cash Prize for the Annual 2023 PenCraft Book Awards is $500 cash. Two other cash prizes of $200 will also be awarded - one for best fiction and best nonfiction. Plus, each major winner receives a personalized award certificate and a high-resolution digital version of their PenCraft Book Award's 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. A special national press release will be published about the top three winners.

Entry into the seventh Annual PenCraft Book Awards competition can win you $500 and other prizes.Your entry also make you eligible for the Seasonal Book Awards. Each of the major genre/category winners is given a personalized award certificate and a high-resolution digital version of their PenCraft Book Award's 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.

All works are judged on content, general excellence in writing, and originality. Books published by all publishers, including self-publishers, are accepted. The PenCraft Book Awards competitions are an equal opportunity contest giving no merit to one type of publisher over another.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel of authors, librarians, and other literature lovers. The criteria for the 2023 competitions are:

  1. Literary/Artistic Merit (40%): The quality of writing receives primary consideration in the PenCraft Book Award judging. The book's editing, illustrations, and attention to detail involved in its creation is an important element in the selection process.
  2. Originality (30%): Originality in concept and execution is another primary consideration in selecting winning titles. The book should demonstrate innovative literary qualities, which in many cases will be specific to their genre or category.
  3. Audience Appeal (30%): A PenCraft Book Award-winning entry must have a strong appeal to its target audience. The book will be judged on its effectiveness in engaging that particular readership. The author or publisher should have their book listed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Goodreads, and other popular sites introducing books to the public.

PenCraft Book Award recipients will benefit from announcements in the media about their award-winning books. A National Press Release will include a list of all 1st place winners of the different genres and categories. The chatter from these various lists helps readers discover new and innovative works.

The Annual "PenCraft" Award winners will be announced late in October 2023 to coincide with the beginning of the Holiday season. A book award sets your book apart from its competition and the Holiday season is certainly a time when additional recognition for your work benefits book sales.

The 2023 PenCraft Book Award ceremony will be held in a place to be announced or, if required by Covid-19 rules - conducted as a virtual event. The event will be held between early November 2023 and January of 2023. Each winner will be given a chance to make a statement about their book and their aspirations during the award ceremony.

We hope you will soon be able to promote your Title as a PenCraft Book Award-Winning Book: As an award winner, you will have the right to highlight your PenCraft Book Award on your book cover, website, and marketing material. Additional award stickers will be available at a nominal price for all PenCraft Book Award winners in each category.

We welcome your questions, comments, and ideas! Simply e-mail us for an immediate response.

David Hearne


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