The BookFest Book Awards

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Are You Ready to Be Recognized? You Could Be Be Honored with an Award from The BookFest

The BookFest Awards honors authors who create outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction. Books are judged in categories based on genre, theme and aesthetics. Books released in the past three years are eligible. Entries will be vetted by an initial team, then the final places will be determined by an elite team of experts in the literary and entertainment world.

Awards are given in book genres as well as other categories such as best cover art and best website. There will be four levels of awards in each subcategory.

All book award winners will receive

  • Free downloadable certificate
  • Free downloadable award graphic to use on your website, social media, newsletter etc.
  • Free placement on The BookFest website award winners’ page
  • Optional purchase of award certificate
  • Optional purchase of award trophy
    (Additional certificates and trophies may be purchased for coauthors, cover illustrators, editors, etc., but must be purchased under your account.)

Third place book award winners will receive everything above plus be mentioned in a special article about The BookFest award winners.

Second place book award winners will receive everything above plus be listed in The BookFest newsletter with 20,000+ subscribers.

First place book award winners will receive everything above plus be listed in the Official Winners Press Release sent to our media list of 3,000+ and online wire distribution to 300+ news/ media sites. You will also be featured in a social media post on The BookFest Facebook group and The BookFest Instagram account.

The overall first place winners for fiction and nonfiction will also receive an invitation to be a guest on the award-winning Books That Make You show.

With over 300 sub-categories you will find the perfect place for your book. See the list of genres & subcategories below.

Early bird pricing until Dec 15th 2021

Use coupon code AWARDBFS22 to receive 30% off at checkout.
Early bird pricing ends Dec 15th, 2021 at midnight PT

The Secret to Success

The secret to doing well at the awards is to carefully choose the genre or genres that you will compete in.

The more you choose, the greater your chances of winning.

Lots of people will likely choose “Fiction” or “Non-Fiction.”  Your best bet is to drill down to the specific genre that best describes your book.

Example: If your fiction novel is an exciting read about a crime-solving scientist you could choose the following genres:

  • Fiction <-instead of this
    • Mystery
      • Murder & Crime <- Choose this
      • Procedurals <- and this
      • Thriller <- and this

Choosing the three subcategories above would maximize this book’s chances of winning!

Find your best categories below.

Categories & Genres

Major categories include Artistic & Technical, Fiction, and Non-Fiction

Children’sAction & Adventure
 Beginning Readers
 Chapter Books
 Diversity & Multicultural
 Fairy Tales
 Picture & Board Books
 Social Themes
 Teen Books
Comics & Graphic NovelsAction & Adventure
 Fairy Tales, Myths & Legends
 History & Learning
 Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Detective MysteryAmateur Sleuths
 Police Procedural
 Private Investigators
 Traditional Detectives
 Women Sleuths
Dystopian & Post-ApocalypticAlternate History
 Climate Change & Nature
 Genetic Engineering
 Society, War & Political Collapse
 Viruses, Plagues & Zombies
 Young Adult
FantasyAction & Adventure
 Dragons & Mythical Creatures
 Magic, Myths & Legends
 Paranormal & Urban
Historical FictionFictional Biography
 Multi-Period Family Saga 
 Nautical, War & Military
Historical Romance20th Century
 Ancient World
 Time Travel
HorrorBody Horror & Gore
 Creatures & Monsters
 Ghosts & Paranormal
 Serial Killers & Slashers
Juvenile Action & Adventure
 Activity Books
 Bedtime & Dreams
 Boys & Men
 Comics & Graphic Novels
 Diversity & Multicultural
 Fairy Tales & Folklore
 Fantasy & Magic
 Holidays & Celebrations
 Legends, Myths, Fable
 Mermaids & Monsters
 Mysteries & Detective Stories
 People & Places
 Science & Nature
 Social Themes
 Sports & Recreation
Literary FictionComing of Age
 Journey & Adventure
 Love Story & Romance
 Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
 Sci-fi & Fantasy
 International, Spies & Espionage
 Murder & Crime
RomanceClean & Wholesome
 New Adult
 Romantic Comedy
 Science Fiction
 Historical 20th Century
 Historical Ancient World
 Historical Medieval
 Historical Regency
 Historical Time Travel
 Historical Victorian
 Paranormal Magic & Fantasy
 Paranormal Mythical & Otherworldly Creatures
 Paranormal Vampires
 Paranormal Werewolves & Shifters
Science FictionAction & Adventure
 Aliens & Alien Invasion
 Alternate Realities
 Apocalyptic & Post-Apocalyptic
 Crime & Mystery
 Exploration & Adventure
 Galactic Empire & Colonization
 Genetic Engineering
 Medical & Future Technology
 Robots, Computers & AI
 Space Exploration
 Space Opera
 Time Travel
 Magic, Legends, & Lore
 Paranormal & Psychic Phenomenon
 Supernatural Creatures & Beings
 Weird Stuff
Thriller & SuspenseCrime & Legal
 Military, Spies & Politics
True CrimeCybercrime
 Detective Cases & Who Done It
 Hoaxes & Conspiracy
 Organized Crime
 Serial Killers
 White Collar & Organized Crime
Young AdultAction & Adventure
 Boys & Men
 Fairy Tales & Folklore
 Fashion & Beauty
 Girls & Women
 Law & Crime
 Legends, Myths, Fables
 Literary & Coming of Age
 Mystery & Thrillers
 People & Places
 Science Fiction
 Social Themes
 Thrillers & Suspense
 Visual Arts
 Performing Arts
 Antiques & collectibles
Body, Mind & SpiritAfterlife & Reincarnation
 Angels & Spirit Guides
Business  Entrepreneurship
 Real Estate
 Sales & Selling
Business  LeadershipProfessional Growth
 Work Culture
 Leadership & Management
 Business Communication
 Industry Expertise
 Psychology & Mindset
 Women in Business
 Workplace Harassment & Discrimination
 Bedtime & Dreams
 Crafts & Hobbies
 Learning & Educational
 Diversity & Multicultural
 Activity Books
 Games & Activities
 People & Places
 Science & Nature
Crafts & HobbiesNeedlework 
 Pottery & Ceramic
 Toy & Doll
 Floral & Nature
EntertainmentMovies, TV & Pop Culture
 Music & Musical Artists
 Games & Gamers
 Craft of Writing, TV & Film Production
Fitness & DietingWeight Loss
 Diet & Nutrition
 Guides & How Tos
 Massage & Reflexology
Food & DrinkCookbooks
 Food & Travel
 Beverages, Wine, Beer & Spirits
 Health & Healing
 Courses & Dishes
Health & WellnessMedical
 Alternative Medicine
 Sexual Health
 Mental Health
 Addiction & Recovery
MoneyInvesting, Saving & Retirement
 Finance & Wealth Management
 Corporate Finance
OutdoorsNature & Adventure
 Hunting & Fishing
 Field Guides
 Climate & Environment
 Wildlife & Ecology
Parenting  Learning & Activities
 Pregnancy & Childbirth
 Aging Parents
Politics & GovernmentUnited States
 International & World Politics
 Ideologies & Doctrines
 Politicians & Leaders
 Corruption & Issues
 Political Psychology
RelationshipsLove & Marriage
 Race & Culture
Religion Christianity
 Medicine, Health & Wellness
Self-Help Anxiety, Depression & Mental Health
 Relationships & Communication
 Inspiration, Motivation & Transformation
 Spirituality, New Age & Metaphysics
 Happiness & Success
Society & Social SciencesHistory & Theory
 Race, Class, Culture & Religion
 Human Rights & Political Movements
SpiritualityOccult & Paranormal
 New Age
 Meditation & Prayer
Sports Extreme Sports
 Team Sports
 Solo Sports
 Water Sports
 Biographies & Memoirs
TechnologyEngineering & Transportation
 Internet of Things
 Internet & Social Media
 Robotics, AI, VR, AR & Computing
 Imagination & the Future
TravelGuides & Tours
 Adventure & Destinations
 Self Discovery & Travel Journals
PoetryInspiration, Nature & Love
 Cultural & Regional
 Collections & Anthologies
 Contemporary & Modern
HumorSelf-Help & Psychology
 Celebrities & Pop Culture
 True Stories & Memoir
 United States
 Ancient, Myths & Legends
Young AdultSocial Issues
 People & Places
 Sports & Recreation
Amazon Author Profile 
Book CoverOverall Design
Book Series 
Audio BookOverall Presentation
 Voice Over
 Sound Quality
WebsiteOverall Design
 User Experience
Social MediaInstagram


  • One category = $69.99
  • Three categories = $139.99
  • Five categories = $199.99

Use coupon code AWARDBFS22 to receive 30% off at checkout.
Early bird pricing ends Dec 15th, 2021 at midnight PT

Schedule (Pacific Time)

New for Fall 2021 – Check out the Pitching Room.

A place for authors to pitch their manuscript in an interactive virtual setting that brings the reading, writing and literary communities together.

  • Authors, submit your pitches. 
  • Agents, register to view pitches.
  • BookFesters, check out the pitches and see what authors are presenting to the literary world. 
Pacific TimeSaturday, Oct 23 – Day 1: For Readers
9:00 AM
Welcome Message from The BookFest Founder Desireé Duffy
9:15 AMOpening Keynote – Lori H. Schwartz
9:30 AMPoetry Reading by Debbie Monteggia
10:00 AM
A Conversation with Mark K. Shriver – Being an Author and Being of Service
11:00 AMKid Lit: Culture, Character and Creativity
NoonWho Put the Bomp in Your Favorite Romance Novel?
1:00 PM
Thrills, Chills and Red Herrings – Things that Make You Go “Ooo” (And Want to Read More)
2:00 PMThe Fantasist’s Forge and Mythologist’s Muse
3:00 PM
A Conversation with Helene Wecker – Blending Fantasy, Mythology, Romance and Horror
4:00 PMLive Author Chats:
4:10 PM – Helene Wecker
4:20 PM – Steven Joseph
4:30 PM – Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield
4:40 PM – Dames Handsome
4:50 PM – Mikki Hernandez
5:00 PM – Hari D. Sharma
5:10 PM – Patrick Oliver
5:20 PM – A.G. Billig
5:30 PM – Amy M. Le
5:40 PM – Al Pessin
6:00 PMEND
 Sunday, Oct 24 – Day 2: For Writers
8:30 AM
Welcome Back Message from The BookFest Founder Desireé Duffy
8:35 AM
Keynote by Kristie Anne Mah – From Sluggish to Published: Letting Go of What is Holding You Back
9:00 AM
Conversation with Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein – Dreaming a World where Everyone Experiences the Wonders of the Universe
10:00 AMBooks Out of Africa: Bookish World Tour Panel
11:00 AM
Alternative Ways to Publish: Hybrid, Self-Publishing and More
Do You Have the Write Stuff? A Frank Discussion about Being an Author Today
1:00 PMConversation with Lisa Morton – Thirty Years of Fear
2:00 PM
Critiki-Bar: Page One Manuscript Critiques (An agent and an author walk into a bar…)
4:00 PMBrave New Writer at The BookFest Adventure
6:00 PMEND
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