We just received verification that Hopewell Publications, sponsor of the Eric Hoffer Award, received our book and application for their contest by the January 21st deadline. This contest was established at the beginning of this century “as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit.” It has a grand prize of $1500 and offers other honors and distinctions. It was the least expensive contest to enter at $45. Winners for the Eric Hoffer Award will be announced after April 30th. http://www.hofferaward.com
The entry that we are am working on this weekend is “The Next Generation Indie Book Awards”. It has a $75 early bird (January 31) entry fee, but you get to enter one title in two different categories. Of course that means we have to send them two copies of the book, so that increases expenses. Their final deadline is March 15. They offer three cash prizes ($1000 for first) and trophies for best fiction and non fiction books, plus medals for the winners of their 70 different categories. Their will be 10 finalists in each category. Although this distinction only garners a certificate, you do get the honor of putting a gold sticker on your book that says you were a finalist in their contest. You also receive “maximum exposure and possible representation with a leading New Your literary representative.” Finalists will be notified by May 15th and winners by May 30th. http://www.indiebookawards.com
We’ll have a bit of a financial break until the March 21 deadline for the Independent Book Publisher Book Awards (IPPY). We already missed the Nov. 15 early bird deadline, so it cost $85 rather than $75 to enter. This contest is twelve years old and based on the more than 3000 entries they receive each year, it is the biggest independent book award contest in the world. They have 65 different categories to choose from. They also offer special awards in three categories including “Most Original Concept, Storyteller of the Year, and Most Inspirational to Youth” any one of which we’d be thrilled to win! They only offer gold, silver, and bronze medals, but the stickers you get to put on your books are awesome! http://www.independentpublisher.com
The deadline for National Indie Excellence Awards is March 31. There is a $59 entry fee for one category, or $118 for two. We’ll probably take our chances with one! The awards consist of publicity packages, and again, those wonderful stickers to put on the cover of your book that improve sales. http://www.indieexcellence.com
One of the biggest contests is sponsored by Writer’s Digest. The grand Prize is $3000 plus amazing promotional bonuses in addition to 10 1st place awards of $1000 each. It is also the most expensive to enter at $100, and probably the most competitive as they are accepting entries published within the last five years. http://www.writersdigest.com/selfpublished
We are excited to see the results for all of these contests. We hope to win at least one grand prize and recoup some of the investment we have pumped into this venture!