THE FINAL DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE ROYAL DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD CONTEST IS OCTOBER 1, 2017.

The Royal Dragonfly Book Awards were established to honor published authors of all types of literature — fiction and nonfiction — in 62 categories, appealing to a wide range of ages and a comprehensive list of genres. Our judges are industry experts with specific knowledge about the categories over which they preside.

A Royal Dragonfly Book Awards seal on your book's cover tells readers they are reading a highly acclaimed publication. Book Contest winners garner instant credibility, attention from the media, and an opportunity to increase book sales. Also, recipients of Royal Dragonfly Book Awards can experience a heightened confidence and recognition from their peers and employers.

Our team realizes the avalanche of books released each year causes many great books to get overlooked by the media and general public. Therefore, we do not impose a limit on the year of publication for entries, which means winning a Dragonfly Book Award can breathe new life into your book's marketing strategies and give it renewed attention and appreciation by the book industry and readers alike.

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 Royal Dragonfly Book Award Contest is October 1, 2017.

To be eligible, submissions must be postmarked October 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 single titles in multiple categories. The categories are the same for the Printed Book section of the contest as they are for the eBook portion. Just be sure to download the entry form that corresponds with section you want to enter: 

  1. Aging, Senior Living
  2. Best Cover Design
  3. Best Interior Design
  4. Best Photography/Illustrations
  5. Biography, Autobiography/Memoir
  6. Book Trailer
  7. Bookmark
  8. Book Series
  9. Business & Finance
  10. Children's Activity Books
  11. Children's Chapter Books
  12. Children's Picture Books - 5 & Younger
  13. Children's Picture Books - 6 and older
  14. Children's Poetry
  15. Coffee Table & Gift Books
  16. Comic Books
  17. Education
  18. Environment
  19. Fiction: Collection of short stories
  20. Fiction: Novel
  21. Fine Art, Photography
  22. Flyer
  23. Food-Related: Cookbooks, Food Travel, Food History, About Food
  24. Graphic Novel
  25. Health, Diet, Nutrition
  26. Historical Fiction
  27. History Non-Fiction
  28. Holiday
  29. Home & Garden
  30. How-To
  31. Humor
  32. Letters, Journals, Diaries
  33. LGBT
  34. Media Kit
  35. Middle Grade Fiction
  36. Military
  37. Multicultural, Gay/Lesbian, Cultural Diversity
  38. Mystery
  39. Newbie Award (first time author, fiction)
  40. Newbie Award (first time author, non-fiction)
  41. Other Non-Fiction
  42. Parenting
  43. Performing Arts, Music, Movies, TV
  44. Pets, Animals
  45. Poetry
  46. Press Release
  47. Psychology
  48. Relationships
  49. Religion, Spirituality, Philosophy
  50. Romance
  51. Science & Technology
  52. Science Fiction & Fantasy & Paranormal
  53. Self Help, Inspirational
  54. Special Needs/Disability Awareness
  55. Sports & Exercise
  56. Text Books
  57. Transportation
  58. Travel
  59. Unpublished Manuscript (for print books only)
  60. Westerns
  61. Women's Interests
  62. Writing/Publishing
  63. Young Adult Fiction
  64. Young Adult Non-Fiction
  65. Youth Author Fiction (Author is age 17 or younger)
  66. 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!