The BookFest Book Awards

The BookFest book award

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. Because of the current situation books published in the past five 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.

The executive BookFest Awards judging committee is officially announced.
It includes Elaine Ash, Celeste S. Duckworth, Flo Selfman, and Elliott Wolf.

Industry icon Irwin Zucker, founder of the Book Publicists of SoCal and president of Promotion in Motion Public Relations, will receive the first Honorary Achievement Award


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

All honorable mentions and 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
    (Note, the optional links you add to your book awards submission are viewable here. Such as social media and book purchase links.)
  • 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 Books That Make You 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 top winners for fiction and nonfiction will also receive an invitation to be a guest on the award-winning Books That Make You show.

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

Submissions close Feb 21st 11:59pm PT

Winners to be announced at the next BookFest April 2nd – 3rd

Discounted pricing until January 31st, 2022

Use coupon code AWARDBFS22 to receive 30% off at checkout.

Enter to Win in the best Genres and Subgenres for your book

Many genres, and even more sub-genres or sub-categories, are offered so you can drill-down to find the categories that best suit your book. Take advantage and carefully consider the genre or sub-genres that you will compete in.

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
    • Mystery
      • Murder & Crime 
      • Procedurals 
      • Thriller 

Choosing the three subcategories above maximizes opportunities to be recognized.

Find your best categories below.

Categories & Genres

Major categories include Artistic & Technical, Fiction, and Nonfiction

Action & Adventure 
Children’sAction & Adventure
 Beginning Readers
 Chapter Books
 Diversity & Multicultural
 Fairy Tales
 Picture & Board Books
 Social Themes
 Teen Books
ChristianAction & Adventure
 Classic & Allegory
 Collections & Anthologies
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
 Girls & Women
 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
 Historical 20th Century
 New Adult
 Romantic Comedy
 Science Fiction
 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
Short Stories 
 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
War & Military 
 Graphic Novels
 Historical Fiction
 Historical Romance
 Science Fiction
 Thriller & Suspense
 True 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


ArtsAntiques & collectibles
 Performing Arts
 Visual Arts
Body, Mind & SpiritAfterlife & Reincarnation
 Angels & Spirit Guides
Business  Careers 
 Real Estate
 Sales & Selling
Business  LeadershipBusiness Communication
 Industry Expertise
 Leadership & Management
 Professional Growth
 Psychology & Mindset
 Women in Business
 Work Culture
 Workplace Harassment & Discrimination
Children’sActivity Books
 Bedtime & Dreams
 Crafts & Hobbies
 Diversity & Multicultural
 Games & Activities
 Learning & Educational
 People & Places
 Science & Nature
Crafts & hobbiesDo-It-Yourself
 Floral & Nature
 Pottery & Ceramic
 Toy & Doll
EntertainmentCraft of Writing, TV & Film Production
 Games & Gamers
 Movies, TV & Pop Culture
 Music & Musical Artists
Fitness & DietingDiet & Nutrition
 Guides & How Tos
 Massage & Reflexology
 Weight Loss
Food & DrinkBeverages, Wine, Beer & Spirits
 Courses & Dishes
 Food & Travel
 Health & Healing
Health & WellnessAddiction & Recovery
 Alternative Medicine
 Mental Health
 Sexual Health
HistoryAncient, Myths & Legends
 United States
HumorCelebrities & Pop Culture
 Self-Help & Psychology
 True Stories & Memoir
 Corporate Finance
 Finance & Wealth Management
 Investing, Saving & Retirement
OutdoorsClimate & Environment
 Field Guides
 Hunting & Fishing
 Nature & Adventure
 Wildlife & Ecology
Parenting  Aging Parents
 Learning & Activities
 Pregnancy & Childbirth
 Collections & Anthologies
 Contemporary & Modern
 Cultural & Regional
 Inspiration, Nature & Love
Politics & GovernmentCorruption & Issues
 Ideologies & Doctrines
 International & World Politics
 Political Psychology
 Politicians & Leaders
 United States
 Love & Marriage
 Race & Culture
Religion Buddhism
 Medicine, Health & Wellness
Self-Help Anxiety, Depression & Mental Health
 Happiness & Success
 Inspiration, Motivation & Transformation
 Relationships & Communication
 Spirituality, New Age & Metaphysics
Society & Social SciencesHistory & Theory
 Human Rights & Political Movements
 Race, Class, Culture & Religion
 Meditation & Prayer
 New Age
 Occult & Paranormal
Sports Biographies & Memoirs
 Extreme Sports
 Solo Sports
 Team Sports
 Water Sports
TechnologyEngineering & Transportation
 Imagination & the Future
 Internet & Social Media
 Internet of Things
 Robotics, AI, VR, AR & Computing
TravelAdventure & Destinations
 Guides & Tours
 Self Discovery & Travel Journals
Young AdultFamily
 People & Places
 Social Issues
 Sports & Recreation
Amazon Author Profile 
Audio BookOverall Presentation
 Sound Quality
 Voice Over
Book CoverIllustration
 Overall Design
Book Series 
Social MediaFacebook
 Overall Design
 User Experience


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

Use coupon code AWARDBFS22 to receive 30% off at checkout.

How to submit your book

We at The BookFest take security and privacy very seriously. As a result our book award submission process is a little different than most. So here are the detailed instructions on submitting your book. Yes, it’s a lot of information but it’s not as difficult as it looks.

Decide on number of categories
The first thing you need to decide is how many categories you would like. You can view the full list of categories above.
Once you have decided, click the “Enter Your Book” button above.

Add submission to cart
This will take you to the product page. Select the appropriate number of categories from the drop down, and enter the full tittle of your book. Then click add to cart.

Preview your order and add coupon if applicable
This will take you to the cart preview screen. Make sure you add your coupon code on this screen if you have one, and click the “Apply Coupon” button. Check that the total to verify that it has decreased indicating that the coupon was applied. Next click “Proceed to checkout” button.

This will bring you to the payment screen. Completing the payment process will automatically create a BookFest account for you if you do not already have one linked to the email address you use at checkout. It will also add an award entry or entries your account with the appropriate number of categories.

As soon as you complete the checkout process you will be sent an email from our team that verifies your purchase and that you can reply to if you run into any issues. We are always here if you need anything. If you have opted to ship books to us instead of uploading it, we will reach out to you with the mailing address after your awards submission has been completed.

Log in to The BookFest
To complete your award submissions go to your “Dashboard” (link at the top of the page). You must be logged in to see the “Dashboard” menu option. If you do not see the Dashboard link after check out go to the home page by clicking The BookFest logo at the top right of the page. Note: If you are logged out click the “Log in” meu option at the top of the page. If you have forgotten your password you can click the link under the login box “Lost your password?” to reset it.

Complete your submission
In your dashboard you will see “My Award Entries”
Click on Step 1 “Edit Award Entry”.
Uploading your cover image and book. Complete the required fields on the form and any other optional field you would like as well. Remember, we use this optional information to make your award post on The BookFest website should you place in any category. So adding social media links, additional links to purchase your book, or find you online will help BookFesters discover you. (Note: Your book file and personal information is not made available to the public or other users on The BookFest site.)
Next click Step 2 “Choose Award Categories”
Select the category or categories that you would like to submit your book in.
Next click the blue link “Preview This Submission” on your dashboard under your award entry. Here you can verify the cover you uploaded looks good. If it is pixelated, please go back to Edit Award and upload a higher resolution image. You can also verify that all of your links work as expected by clicking on them. Note, make sure to include  https:// or http:// as appropriate at the beginning of your link or your links will not work properly. Last but not least you can click on your book file to verify it uploaded properly.

Submitting multiple books
If you are submitting multiple books you will need to add them individually to your cart. i.e. One book title, 5 categories will only let you add five categories to a single book. Not five book, one category each. If you add multiple book titles to your cart and complete the checkout process you will see multiple awards entries to complete in your dashboard. Keep in mind that all of the books will be linked to the one account. If you are submitting on behalf of other people and you want them to have access to their own accounts you will need to process the purchase individually using the appropriate email address for each.

Issues completing your award submission?
If you have any issues completing your award submission, please reply to our support team via email. You will receive an email from them after checkout. If you have questions but have not completed checkout you can contact us by clicking the “Contact Us” button at the bottom of the page. Our team is standing by to assist you.

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