Posted by: Kathy Temean | July 27, 2020

Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-book Awards & Book Winners

BOOK WINNERS:

Lydia Lukidis won UNICORN YOGA by Gina Cascone & Bryony Williams-Sheppard

Brenda Panella won THE GHOST FROM THE STAINGLASS WINDOW by Karen Belli

Amie Gaudet won MEMOIRS OF A TORTOISE by Devin Scillian

Siri Weber Feeney won BEASTLY BIONICS: Rad Robots, Brilliant Biomimicry, and Incredible Inventions Inspired by Nature

Winners please send me your addresses. Thanks!

Deadline: 8/17/2020 Writer’s Digest’s Self-Published E-book Awards is currently accepting entries. This is the only Writer’s Digest competition exclusively for self-published e-books.

Early-Bird Deadline: August 17, 2020

  • First entry—$99
  • Each additional entry—$85

Deadline: September 21, 2020

  • First entry—$125
  • Each additional entry—$95

Writer’s Digest’s 8th Annual Self-Published E-book Awards honors the best self-published e-book(s) in eight of the most popular categories with $5,000 in cash, a featured interview in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City.

In addition to $13,000 in total cash prizes, all entrants will receive a brief commentary on their work from one of Writer’s Digest’s judges.

ENTER THIS COMPETITION

Categories

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Memoir
  • Young Adult
  • Nonfiction (General, Cookbooks, Reference, Guidebooks, Textbooks)

If you’re ready to take the next step in your self-publishing journey, submit your self-published e-book(s) today.

Prizes
One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • $5,000 in cash
  • Featured interview in the May/June 2020 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • Winning book excerpted on writersdigest.com
  • A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot
  • One year Subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine

One First Prize winner in each category will receive:

  • $1,000 in cash
  • Announcement in Writer’s Digest’s May/June issue
  • One year Subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine

Honorable Mention Winners will receive $50 gift certificate to Writer’s Digest Shop and an announcement on writersdigest.com.

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

  • Contemporary Fiction: A work of fiction set in modern times with themes and/or subject matter that reflects this specific moment.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions; Novellas and Epics are all welcomed.
  • Romance: Historical or contemporary, paranormal or suspenseful, chaste or sexy, no matter the path you take, don’t forget to deliver a satisfying happy ending.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions; Novellas and Epics are all welcomed.
  • Fantasy: High or urban, historical or alternate histories, introduce us to new worlds and fantastic ideas that exceed the boundaries of our own reality.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions; Novellas and Epics are all welcomed.
  • Science Fiction: Space opera or hard science, cyberpunk or steampunk, introduce us to new worlds, alternate histories, or fantastic ideas that push the boundaries of our own reality.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions; Novellas and Epics are all welcomed.
  • Mystery/Thriller: From the classic whodunits and police procedurals to high stakes conflicts with ever-increasing tension, hook us from the start and keep us guessing until the end.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions; Novellas and Epics are all welcomed.
  • Young Adult: Your preferred genre(s), but written specifically for readers age 12-18.
    Typical length: 30,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions; Novellas and Epics are all welcomed.
  • Memoir: A work of autobiographical nonfiction focused on a specific snapshot of the writer’s experiences, tied together by an overarching theme.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions.
  • Nonfiction: Journalists and subject-matter experts will find a home for their work in this category, which consists primarily of research-based works, as well as cookbooks, how-to/reference, self-help, business, etc.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions.


ELIGIBILITY

  • The competition is open to self-published authors of English-language e-books which were published (or revised and republished) electronically between 2015 and 2020. (Writer’s Digest may demand proof of eligibility of semifinalists.) Authors who subvent publication of their e-books via independent publishers who publish fewer than 12 e-books/year are also eligible. Authors who have published in print via a traditional publisher but retained their e-book rights and self-published or subvented publication via independent publishers who publish fewer than 12 e-books/year are also eligible.
  • Entries will be evaluated on craft, category relevance, and overall quality of production, including cover image.

How to Enter

  • You must register and submit your e-book online.
  • You may enter more than one e-book and/or more than one category/e-book, however, you must submit each book separately and pay the additional fee for each entry.
  • We accept PayPal or credit card payment for the required judging fee. Entry fees are non-refundable. Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea..
  • For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.
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REASONS TO JOIN CBA ON THIS CREATIVE JOURNEY

  • The best reason to join the Children’s Book Academy community with this course is because of their phenomenal track record of award-winning multi-published students who have studied with them.
  • CBA gives an extraordinary amount of time, resources, bonuses, personal help, instruction or resources that also include introductions to editors, art directors, and agents in weekly critiques and phenomenally predisposed skip-the-slush-pile submission opportunities that have helped many students publish
  • The courses are size-limited to ensure that everyone gets attention and critiques
  • Courses are taught and assisted by acquiring art directors, editors, and agents who love helping our students with former now successful students also helping
  • Courses are tremendous fun and incredibly productive 

When you are done, you will have:

  • Learned new traditional and contemporary art making techniques
  • Learned fantastic time-saving and non-mess making digital art techniques
  • Created, Revised and/or Polished your Picture Book Dummy or Portfolio pieces
  • Spruced up your Bio and Query
  • Amped up your Marketing Skills
  • And become part of a wonderful lifelong community

Ready to join the course and grab one of our limited critiques with one of these CBA incredible instructors? You’ll be grateful that you did!  

Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


Responses

  1. Congrats, winners!

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