Reasons (Other than Bragging Rights) Why Book Awards Are Meaningful

November is always a busy time for publishers and the authors they represent. Yes, we’re all gearing up for the holidays, but it’s also busy for another reason: It’s the official book awards season! This is a time when everyone’s scrambling to submit for a chance at recognition for their years of hard work.

It gives us the warm fuzzies to see authors take home hard-earned awards. It speaks to the quality of their work – and ours. Nothing makes an author puff out their chest with pride like having the descriptor “award-winning” appear in front of their name. But awards mean much more than bragging rights. Recognition by a panel of publishing industry experts carries with it a number of other tangible benefits:

  1. You gain visibility. While a positive book review by a major publication is a proud moment, a book award is press release worthy. A review means your book won over one very important reader, but a book award generally comes at the behest of an entire committee who measured your book against many others. That official stamp of approval is powerful!
  2. You gain a valuable marketing tool. Readers tend to take notice of books that have that so-called stamp of approval. A buyer who was straddling the fence about your book might be swayed by an endorsement like that. What’s more, your status as an award-winner is something you can use to strengthen your marketing efforts.
  3. Your influence grows. An award tells readers, reviewers, publications and potential interviewers that you are a talented force to be reckoned with. More important, it sends the message that you and your book are relevant. That buys you credibility and leverage for your current, and future, books.
  4. You receive valuable feedback. A book award is the strongest signal that you’re on the right track with your writing. If you can win over a tough crowd like an awards committee, you’ve clearly done your job as an author. Take any feedback from these committees – positive and negative — and use it to make your next effort even stronger.

Even if you’re not the type to seek approval from others, there’s no denying those real-world bonuses!


There are many book awards and contests available to authors; Outskirts Press has vetted them all to identify 6 of the most promising and meaningful. Now is the season to enter these great book awards! The Book Award Submissions Package includes everything you need to enter these 6 major book award contests. And the best part is, Outskirts Press takes care of all of the details!

The six awards are:

  • Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Awards
  • The National Best Books Awards
  • The Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  • The Reader Views Literary Awards
  • The Benjamin Franklin Awards
  • ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards

Outskirts Press will handle all the details, including:

  • the award submission fee
  • registering your book with the contest
  • sending each program the necessary review copies of your book
  • accurately and completely filling out the necessary entry forms
  • selecting the most appropriate category for your book
  • shipping and handling costs of your book to each of the contest’s multiple judges

Many awards only accept books in the current copyright year (some will accept older books). If you just published your book this year, it is definitely the time to enter before it’s too late!

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