THE FINAL DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD CONTEST IS MAY 1, 2017.

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 and reward up-and-coming, newly published authors, and younger published writers.

Divided into 48 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.

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, and a listing on the website.

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.

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. As long as they fit the above criteria, we accept traditionally published, partnership published and self-published books.

Entry fees:

One title, one category: $65.00

More than one book: $60 per book

More than one category: $60 per category

More than one book and category: $60 per book, per category

 

We accept payment by check, credit card or via PayPal.

Participants must complete a separate entry form for each title and for each category the book is entered. Send entry form(s) with two (2) copies of each book for each category, and check (if applicable) payable to Story Monsters LLC to:

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

Payment and Book Submission Scenarios:

  • If you want to enter one title in one category, mail two copies of the book and one entry form and the entry fee would be $65.
  • If you want to enter two different books in the same single category, mail two copies of each book and two entry forms; the entry fee would be 2 x $60 or $120.
  • If you want to enter one title in three categories, mail six copies of the book and three entry forms (one filled out for each category); the entry fee would be 3 x $60 or $180.
  • If you want to enter three titles in one category each, mail two copies of each book and three entry forms (one filled out for each category); the entry fee would be 3 x $60 or $180.
  • If you are entering more than one book, you may mail all entries in the same envelope and write one check for the total entry fee. All books will be returned and will be donated once the contest is completed and winners are announced.

THE FINAL DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE PURPLE DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD CONTEST IS MAY 1, 2017.

TO BE ELIGIBLE, SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED MAY 1, 2017 OR EARLIER. 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.

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. Just be sure to download the entry form that corresponds with the type of book you want to enter: 

  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. Text Books
  49. Unpublished Manuscript (for print books only)
  50. Young Adult Fiction
  51. Young Adult Non-fiction
  52. Youth Author Fiction (Author is age 17 or younger)
  53. Youth Author Nonfiction (Author is age 17 or younger)

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 November 15, 2017. 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.

Wanted! Book Contest Judges:

If you consider yourself an expert in book publishing or writing, or have specific knowledge about any of the book contest categories, please call 480-940-8182 or email us.

Download the appropriate contest entry form (a separate form must be completed for each category and/or each book that you enter). Make sure you carefully follow the submission instructions on the form.

Instructions for payment by check or credit card are on the entry form. If you prefer to pay by PayPal, our PayPal email address is PayPal@StoryMonsters.com.

Good luck!