The 18th Annual "Best Book" Awards Sponsored by American Book Fest
Entry Fees & Deadline
Entry Form: Downloadable in Word or PDF
Official 2021 Categories
Welcome to The 2021 "Best Book" Awards! Sponsored by American Book Fest based in Los Angeles & Phoenix
The 18th Annual "Best Book" Awards are specifically designed to not only garner MEDIA COVERAGE & BOOK SALES for the winners & finalists but to PROMOTE awarded books to the PUBLISHING & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRIES!
When we started out in 2003, there were only a handful of book awards online. Now? There are hundreds of contests. A history of solid results is extremely important when considering entering an award program and for nearly two decades the Best Book Awards have delivered.
Who has won a Best Book Award over our 18 year history? Some of the biggest names in the industry! Amy Tan, Anne Lamott, Brad Thor, Clive Barker, Kitty Kelley, Anne Geddes, Julie Andrews, Jude Deveraux and many others. Click on our Award Laureate page for an expanded list.
Even more important than the “big names” are the thousands of self-published and indie authors that have been able to gain recognition in the media ecosphere, create their author platform and ultimately sell more books to have a rewarding career as an author in the publishing industry. All in small part because they won a Best Book Award or other similar contest and were able to leverage that award into further success.
Now, in 2021, the publishing industry is rapidly evolving. A printed book is no longer just a printed book.
Fiction and non-fiction books have the potential to be turned into interactive e-books, television and movie programs, documentaries, reality-based programming, video games, graphic novels, web series, live workshops, and so much more.
Located in the heart of Los Angeles, we have the unique advantage of gaining access to both the publishing and entertainment industries like no other book award program currently operating.
You’ve put tremendous time and energy into your work. By winning a Best Book Award, you permanently build your credibility as an established author!
Enter Your 2019-2021 Titles! Open to all books with an ISBN and published in 2021 (galley copies welcome). 2019 and 2020 titles are also eligible.
Entry Fee: $69 per book/per category
FIVE MONTH BONUS MARKETING PACKAGE! Every entry will receive a 5-month book listing on AmericanBookFest.com!
We Pick Winners! Our panel of industry judges continues to deliver fantastic results on an annual basis! Hundreds of titles have received national media coverage and increased sales as a direct result of placing in the Best Book Awards! Many titles that have placed in our award's program have gone on to place in other contests geared toward the independent press. View the 2020 Best Book Awards Press Release.View the Full Results of the 2020 Competition.
Extensive Media & Social Media Coverage! Our Facebook pages have over 200,000 book lovers! Our posts routinely go viral with millions of views.
History of Excellence! Over the last 18 years we have featured over twenty thousand books from mainstream, indie and self-publishers. We will continue to promote books to the national and international book buying public! View the Best Book Archives (2004-2020)
WINNERS & FINALISTS IN EACH CATEGORY RECEIVE:
AmericanBookFest.com Exposure: A Ten-Month Book Listing which includes your color book cover, a brief paragraph about your title and a hyperlink to your website (valued at $2,500.00!)
National Media & Industry Exposure: Instant coverage of results from our online network of media outlets and industry contacts for a combined, immediate exposure to over 500,000+ subscribers. In addition, the national media campaign kicks off in November 2020 to take advantage of the busy 2020 holiday retail season.
Results Announced on American Book Fest's Social Media Pages (200,000+ Fans/Friends)
Publishing Industry Exposure: Promotion to Independent Bookstores, Retail Book Buyers, Publishers, Librarians and other industry professionals.
Promote Your Title as an Award-Winning Book: As a winner or finalist you will have the right to highlight your award on your book cover, website, and marketing material. Award stickers will be available for purchase for all winners & finalists in each category.
It’s a new frontier in publishing and The "Best Book" Awards are at the forefront of the revolution!
We welcome your questions, comments and ideas! Simply e-mail us for an immediate response.
"Book awards do count in marketing and in positioning as a recognized 'go-to' expert. The Best Book Awards are always on my recommended list for authors who create quality books to enter. I’ve found that the support from the Best Book Awards for winners, both on its websites and with press releases, is exceptional and far beyond what most other awards do."
—Judith Briles, The Book Shepherd, CEO of AuthorU.org
"The Best Book Awards has a ten year track record of honoring and promoting books to the national and international community. The contest covers books from all sections of the publishing industry—mainstream, independent, & self-published."
—The San Francisco Book Review
“I've been very remiss in not writing earlier to tell you how much STRONG RAIN FALLING winning the 2013 Best Book Award for Mystery/Suspense means to me, this was truly among the great highlights of my literary year and, in fact, of my entire career. I don't have to tell you that there are very few awards indeed that recognize popular and commercial fiction and I'm sure I'm joined by far more writers and readers alike in saluting you and your team for paying attention to all genres and themes across the spheres of both fiction and non-fiction.”
— Jon Land, Bestselling Author of over 25 Novels
“My deepest thanks go to the Best Book Awards for naming Impossible Odds their 2013 choice for Best Autobiography/Memoir, and that gratitude is shared by Jess and Erik. I only had to sweat through writing the book; they had to live the story.”
— Anthony Flacco, New York Times Bestselling Author
“I want to personally thank you for your wonderful 2013 Best Book awards! You do a great service for all of us independent publishers and authors who are constantly the ‘Davids’ in trying to win attention for our hard-fought books against the Goliaths of the publishing industry.”
— Carew Papritz, King Northern, Inc.
“Jeffrey Keen, as a most humbled and honored recipient of several 2011 International Book Awards and 2011 Best Book Awards, I wanted to take the opportunity to personally and professionally thank you for recognizing and celebrating some of the world’s topmost mainstream and independent authors and publishing companies. It is evident that both award enterprises embrace the hard work and achievements of worldwide authors and publishing companies and are fully committed to propelling them to aim high and succeed with excellence. Thank you wholeheartedly for helping the writing industry in general and myself in particular expand our professional horizons and foster exponential growth as highly recognized and most deserving achievers in the field of writing.” —Michele Wright, Ph.D., Author, DEAR SUCCESS SEEKER: Wisdom from Outstanding Women, Atria/Simon & Schuster
“Simply put, winning the ‘Best Book 2010’ Awards (Religion: Christian Inspirational) has made a huge difference in promoting my book, Steadfast Christian. This prestigious award from a reputable company has elevated my book above the crowd which is essential in this extremely competitive industry. The affordable entry fee was a small price to pay for such an excellent opportunity to promote my book. To top it off, the service and professionalism dealing with the best book award staff was outstanding!” —Patrick Dillon, 2010 Award Winning Author
ENTRY FEES AND DEADLINE
$89 - $69 per title/per category (Expires November 30, 2020)
(Example: One book in two categories equals $138.00)
FIVE MONTH BONUS MARKETING PACKAGE: Every entry will receive a 5-month book listing on AmericanBookFest.com. (Expires November 30, 2020)
Final Entry Deadline: September 30, 2021.
Winners and Finalists will be announced nationally on mid-November 2021.
Eligible titles must have a 2019-2021 publication date and ISBN number.
Galley copies are welcome.
All entry fees must be paid in U.S. Dollars (“USD” must be pre-printed on all international checks or money orders)
All sales are final. All books will be donated or recycled after the competition.
“Two of my books won Finalist Awards in the 2011 Best Book Awards and one of them just garnered a starred review in Library Journal! Thanks so much for your help in publicizing all of the winners and finalists!” —Judy Luttrell Brizendine, Author, STUNNED By Grief: Remapping Your Life When Loss Changes Everything
“The Best Book Awards have been an integral part of my publishing success over the last three years. First winning multiple Best Book awards in 2007 for my self-published/self distributed book, I gained incredible national media exposure. A new edition of my book was released again in 2009 with a new cover, new ISBN and national distribution. This 2009 win in the Autobiography/Memoir category is bittersweet and will only help me to get my story out to more people who are affected by mental illness in their families. A very special ‘Thank You’ to President & CEO, Jeff Keen —you and your team are the most professional and results oriented executives in the publishing industry.” —Thom Bierdz, Author/Actor/Artist, 2009 Award Winner
SUBMISSION CHECKLIST (This list is on your entry form as well)
Submitting Via E-mail:
Process your entry fee online.
E-mail “firstname.lastname@example.org” a copy of your filled out entry form as well as a PDF copy of your book.
Attach a past Press Release or Marketing Material for each title (if available)
Include your e-mail address that was used to process your entry fee payment online (bottom of page one of the entry form)
“AMERBOOKFES” or “AMERICANBOOKFEST” will appear on your credit card statement
“Jeffrey, thank you for this. I am so proud of my Best Book Award wins. And what a boon they are for marketing!” —Carolyn Howard-Johnson, Author/Publisher, 2011 Winner, The Frugal Book Promoter
"This is so exciting! To compete alongside industry giants, Simon & Schuster, St. Martin’s Press, Random House, Penguin, Harper Collins (just to name a few), and still become an award winning finalist is not only wonderful but validating. It's been a great experience for both my illustrator/husband and myself and reinforces for us that our story touches the reader and appeals to experts in children's book publishing. Glitter and Dart came to life for me and I hope that they do the same for the children who will join in their adventures. Thank you to all the judges for this recognition.” —Sherry K. Brubaker, Author, 2011 Finalist, Cup of Glitter, Gilded Magic Publishing
"I wanted to thank you for your prestigious award. In the four months since winning The Best Book Awards - 2009 Best Book (History - Media / Entertainment), my paperback has been added to the prestigious libraries of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Writers Guild Foundation; is now being sold at the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills; is now available at Barnes & Noble and Costco stores in Hollywood and will be promoted during the 2010 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival! I appreciate the press received from your tremendous organization!" —Manny Pacheco, Award-winning Author, Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History
Please fill out an entry form for each title entered, print out and include the completed form with your submission. Be sure to review the "Submission Checklist" on each entry form. (Please note: Word document could take up to a minute to download. Thank you!) Questions? E-mail Us
“The award stickers definitely help sales. The book already has sold more because of this award. I'm very excited about this and impressed with the full list of winner/finalists. It clearly shows your judges go by quality versus name. I will for sure enter again with next book.” —Tara L. Masih, 2010 Award Finalist
“Since the release of the awards information I received an order for a box of books to be shipped out. Thank you very much.” —Cindy Mauro Reisenauer, 2010 Award Winning Author
“Costco recently picked up Greg Park's fantasy adventure series and they are selling a lot of Veil of Darkness (Best Book Winner) and Cleansing Hunt (Best Book Finalist). They've found that when the award stickers are on the books, they sell even better.” —Chantilly Park, Publisher 2009 Winner and Finalist
“The award and the book sticker significantly increased my book sales and distribution. I am truly indebted to the Best Book Awards.” —Linda Kenney Miller, Award Winning Author, 2008 & 2009
Please include a check or money order with your entry submission payable to "ABF" or "American Book Fest". "USD" must be pre-printed on the check or money order.
You can also securely process your entry fee at the link below.
“AMERBOOKFES” or “AMERICANBOOKFEST” will appear on your credit card statement.
Animals/Pets – General Animals/Pets – Narrative Non-Fiction Anthologies – Non-Fiction
Best Cover Design – Fiction Best Cover Design – Non-Fiction Best Interior Design Best New Fiction Best New Non-Fiction
Biography – General
Business – General Business – Careers Business – Communications/Public Relations Business – Entrepreneurship & Small Business Business – Management & Leadership Business – Marketing & Advertising Business – Personal Finance/Investing Business – Real Estate Business – Reference Business – Sales Business – Writing/Publishing
Children’s Educational Children's Fiction Children's Mind/Body/Spirit Children's Non-Fiction Children's Novelty & Gift Book Children’s Picture Book – Hardcover Fiction Children’s Picture Book – Hardcover Non-Fiction Children’s Picture Book – Softcover Fiction Children’s Picture Book – Softcover Non-Fiction Children's Religious
Cookbooks – General Cookbooks – International Cookbooks – Regional
Fiction – General Fiction – African-American Fiction – Anthologies Fiction – Cross Genre Fiction – Fantasy Fiction – Historical Fiction – Horror Fiction – Inspirational Fiction – LGBTQ Fiction – Literary Fiction – Multicultural Fiction – Mystery/Suspense Fiction – New Age Fiction – Novelette (7,500 to 17,500 words) Fiction – Novella (17,500 to 40,000 words) Fiction – Religious Fiction – Romance Fiction – Science Fiction Fiction – Short Story Fiction – Thriller/Adventure Fiction – Visionary Fiction – Western Fiction – Women’s Fiction Fiction – Young Adult
Health – General Health – Addiction & Recovery Health – Aging/50+ Health – Alternative Medicine Health – Cancer Health – Death & Dying Health – Diet & Exercise Health – Psychology/Mental Health Health – Women’s Health
History – General History – Military History – United States
Home & Garden
LGBTQ – Non-Fiction
New Age – Non-fiction
Non-Fiction – Narrative
Novelty & Gift Book
Parenting & Family
Performing Arts – Film, Theater, Dance, Music
Religion – General Religion – Christian Inspirational Religion – Christianity Religion – Eastern
Self-Help – General Self-Help – Motivational Self-Help – Relationships
Spirituality – General Spirituality – Inspirational