We are accepting submissions for the 2018 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards. Deadline to enter is MAY 1, 2018.

About

In 2009, the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards were conceived with children in mind. Not only do we want to recognize and honor accomplished authors in the field of children's literature, but we also want to highlight up-and-coming, newly published authors, and younger published writers.

Divided into 53 distinct subject categories ranging from books on the environment and cooking to sports and family issues, the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards are geared toward stories that appeal to children of all ages. We are looking for stories that inspire, inform, teach or entertain. A Purple Dragonfly Book Awards seal on your book's cover tells parents, grandparents, educators and caregivers they are giving children the very best in reading excellence. Our judges are industry experts with specific knowledge about the categories over which they preside.

Being honored with a Purple Dragonfly Book Award confers credibility upon the winner and gives published authors the recognition they deserve and provide a helping hand to further their careers.

Book Award Prizes

Grand prize:

One book contest winner will be chosen from all entries to receive the grand prize. The grand prize winning book must be outstanding in content, readability, entertainment value, and overall production. The grand prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize, a certificate commemorating their accomplishment, 100 Grand Prize seals (order more for an additional charge), a one-hour marketing consulting session with Linda F. Radke, a news release announcing the winners sent to a comprehensive list of media outlets, a listing on the website, and a feature on the Dragonfly Book Awards homepage.

First place:

All first place book contest winners of all categories will be put into a drawing for a $100 prize. In addition, each first place winner in each category receives a certificate commemorating their accomplishment, 25 award seals (order more for an additional charge), a news release announcing the winners sent to a comprehensive list of media outlets, and a listing on the website.

Second place:

Second place winners receive a certificate commemorating their accomplishment, five award seals (order more for an additional charge), and a listing on the website.

Honorable Mention:

Honorable Mention winners receive a certificate commemorating their accomplishment, three award seals (order more for an additional charge), and a listing on the website.

Note: A minimum score of 55 out of 80 must be earned, even if it is the sole entry in a category, to be eligible to win an award in the contest.

Book Contest Rules

Eligibility:

The awards contests are open to books published in any calendar year and in any country as long as they are available for purchase. Books entered must be printed in English. Provided they adhere to the above criteria, we accept traditionally published, partnership published and self-published books.

Entry fees:

On or before March 15, 2018: $60 per category

After March 15, 2018: $65 per category.

We accept payment by check, credit card, and Paypal. If you would like to pay by check, enter promo code: PAYBYCHECK at checkout.

Submission Guidelines

Participants must complete a separate entry form for each book entered. At checkout, change the quantity to indicate the number of categories entering for one book and fill out the form on the next screen. If submitting more than one book, after item is added to the cart, begin the process again by changing the quantity and clicking on "Add to Cart."  Books will not be returned and will be donated once the contest is completed and winners are announced.

Printed Books:

Mail two (2) copies of each book for each category in which it is entered. Along with the books, send one (1) printed copy of the email confirmation per title for each category in which the book is entered. When submitting more than one book, all entries can be sent in the same envelope. Mail entries to:

Cristy Bertini
Attn: Dragonfly Book Awards
1271 Turkey Street
Hardwick, MA 01082

eBooks:

Email one (1) electronic copy of the book and a copy of the email confirmation to cristy@storymonsters.com with "Dragonfly Book Awards" as the subject.

Deadline

EARLY BIRD PRICING: $60 per category for submissions completed on or before March 15, 2018, after which the fee is $65 per category.

THE FINAL DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD CONTEST IS MAY 1, 2018.

To be eligible, submissions must be postmarked on or before May 1, 2018. Any submission postmarked after that date will not be considered for an award and books will not be returned. However, we will refund the entry fee.

Book Categories

You may enter as many books as you like in each of the following categories. You may also enter a single title in multiple categories. The categories are the same for both printed books and eBooks.

  1. Activity Books
  2. Activity Kits
  3. Animals/Pets (Books about animals and family pets)
  4. Arts/Music (Books that help children develop an appreciation for art, theater, photography, music, etc.)
  5. Best cover design
  6. Best Illustrations
  7. Best interior design
  8. Best Photography
  9. Biography/Autobiography/Memoir
  10. Board Books
  11. Book Trailer
  12. Book Series
  13. Bookmark
  14. Chapter Books
  15. Charity/Making a difference (Books that teach children the importance of giving and showing compassion for others in need)
  16. Children's Non-Fiction
  17. Collecting/Hobbies (Books about hobbies for children)
  18. Comic Books
  19. Cultural Diversity (Books that impart an appreciation for different cultures, races and ethnicities)
  20. Educational/Instructional (How-to books and books that teach, such as books on math or how to fly a kite)
  21. Exercise/Fitness (Books that teach children how to keep physically fit.)
  22. Family matters (Books that deal with issues affecting the family, such as divorce, adoption, a new baby, moving, etc.)
  23. Fiction: Collection of short stories
  24. Flyer
  25. Food-Related (Cookbooks, food travel, food history, about food)
  26. General (Any categories not listed)
  27. Graphic Novel
  28. Green Books/Environmental Issues (Books dealing with environmental issues, recycling, conservation of our planet's resources, etc.)
  29. Growing Pains (Books that help children understand the changes they go through as they mature)
  30. Health (Books on general health topics that teach children how to lead healthy lifestyles)
  31. Historical Fiction
  32. History Non-fiction
  33. Humor
  34. Letters, Journals, Diaries
  35. LGBT
  36. Media Kit
  37. Middle Grade Fiction
  38. Outdoor Recreation (Books on outdoor activities that can be enjoyed by children and the whole family, such as camping, hiking, fishing, etc.)
  39. Picture Books - 5 & Younger
  40. Picture Books - 6 & Older
  41. Poetry
  42. Press Release
  43. School Issues (Books dealing with issues children may encounter at school, such as bullying, making new friends, etc.)
  44. Science Fiction/Fantasy & Paranormal
  45. Special Needs/Disability Awareness
  46. Spiritual/Religious (Books that address religion and/or spiritual matters, including books on death and grieving.
  47. Sports (Books about sports and/or athletes)
  48. STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)NEW!
  49. Text Books
  50. Unpublished Manuscript (for print books only)
  51. Young Adult Fiction
  52. Young Adult Non-fiction
  53. Youth Author Fiction (Author is age 17 or younger)
  54. Youth Author Nonfiction (Author is age 17 or younger)

Added Bonus!

Enter 3 or more categories or 3 or more books and receive a FREE 12-month featured listing at AuthorsandExperts.com ($99 value). Your code will be included on your receipt.

Judging Process

Judging will be based on content, originality and overall readability, with emphasis on innovation and creativity. Our judging panel includes industry experts in specific fields as well as experts in editing, bookselling, and publishing. Every entry will be read by the judges, whose decisions are final. Top award winners will be notified by mail on or before June 15. Prizes and awards certificates for the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards will be mailed following notification.

The contest coordinators reserve the right to switch the category for an entry, to cancel a category if the number of entries is insufficient, or to decide not to have a winner if the level of the best entries is not up to publishing industry standards. Any entry not conforming to the guidelines will be disqualified without author notification. There will be no refund for disqualified entries.

A minimum score of 55 out of 80 must be earned, even if it is the sole entry in a category, to be eligible to win an award in the contest.

How to Enter

Click on the Link below to enter. a separate form must be completed for each book that you enter. Change the quantity to indicate the number of categories entering for one book. If submitting more than one book, after item is added to the cart, begin the process again by changing the quantity and clicking on "Add to Cart." 

You will receive a Confirmation email once you've completed your order. Please print out a copy of this email and include with your mailed submissions.

We accept payment by check, credit card, and Paypal. If you would like to pay by check, enter promo code: PAYBYCHECK at checkout.

Good luck!