GRAND PRIZE: $500 | FIRST PLACE DRAWING WINNER: $100
THE FINAL DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE ROYAL DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD CONTEST IS OCTOBER 1, 2018.
The Royal Dragonfly Book Award contest honors excellence in all types of literature and book marketing, recognizing creativity and hard work for a comprehensive list of genres in 69 categories. 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, marketing materials, or website tells readers and industry professionals they are reading a highly acclaimed publication. Contest winners garner instant credibility, attention from the media, and an opportunity to increase sales. Also, recipients of Royal Dragonfly Book Awards can experience a heightened confidence.
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 industry professionals and readers alike.
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 in Story Monsters Ink magazine, and a feature on the Dragonfly Book Awards homepage.
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 and in Story Monsters Ink magazine.
NOTE: TO BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN AN AWARD IN THE CONTEST, A MINIMUM SCORE OF 55 OUT OF 80 MUST BE EARNED,
EVEN IF IT IS THE SOLE ENTRY IN A CATEGORY.
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 and marketing/promotion materials.
On or before August 1, 2018: $60 per category
After august 2018: $65 per category.
We accept payment by credit card and Paypal.
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.
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:
Attn: Dragonfly Book Awards
1271 Turkey Street
Hardwick, MA 01082
Email one (1) electronic copy of the book and a copy of the email confirmation to email@example.com with “DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARDS” as the subject.
Mail two (2) copies of each book and two (2) copies of each marketing/promotion material for each marketing category entered. Along with the books and marketing materials, send one (1) printed copy of the confirmation email per marketing/promotion item for each category. All entries can be sent in the same envelope. If entering a book trailer, email link to firstname.lastname@example.org with “DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARDS” as the subject.Mail entries to:
Attn: Dragonfly Book Awards
1271 Turkey Street
Hardwick, MA 01082
EARLY BIRD PRICING: $60 per category for submissions completed on or before August 1, 2018. After August 1, 2018, the fee is $65 per category.
THE FINAL DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE Royal DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD CONTEST IS October 1, 2018.
To be eligible, submissions must be postmarked on or before October 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.
Top award winners will be notified the week of November 15, 2018.
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.
- Activity Books - Adults
- Aging, Senior Living
- Audiobook - NEW!
- Best Cover Design
- Best Interior Design
- Best Photography/Illustrations
- Biography, Autobiography/Memoir
- Book Series
- Business & Finance
- Children's Activity Books
- Children's Chapter Books
- Children's Picture Books - 5 & Younger
- Children's Picture Books - 6 & Older
- Children's Poetry
- Coffee Table & Gift Books
- Comic Books
- Fiction: Collection of Short Stories
- Fiction: Novel
- Fine Art, Photography
- Food-Related: Cookbooks, Food Travel, Food History, About Food
- Graphic Novel
- Health, Diet, Nutrition
- Historical Fiction
- History Non-Fiction
- Home & Garden
- Letters, Journals, Diaries
- Middle Grade Fiction
- Multicultural, Cultural Diversity
- Newbie Award (first time author, fiction)
- Newbie Award (first time author, non-fiction)
- Other Non-Fiction
- Performing Arts, Music, Movies, TV
- Pets, Animals
- Religion, Spirituality, Philosophy
- Science & Technology
- Science Fiction & Fantasy & Paranormal
- Self Help, Inspirational
- Special Needs/Disability Awareness
- Sports & Exercise
- STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)
- Unpublished Manuscript (for print books only)
- Women's Interests
- Young Adult Fiction
- Young Adult Non-Fiction
- Youth Author Fiction (author is age 17 or younger)
- Youth Author Nonfiction (author is age 17 or younger)
NEW! Marketing/Promotion CategorieS:
- Book Trailer
- Media Kit
- Press Release
Enter 3 or more categories or 3 or more books and receive a FREE 12-month featured listing at AuthorsandExperts.com ($99 value). The code to redeem your free listing will be included in the email containing your paid invoice receipt from Story Monsters LLC.
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, publishing, and marketing. Every entry will be read by the judges, whose decisions are final. Top award winners will be notified the week of November 15, 2018. Prizes and awards certificates for the Royal 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.
Click on the “Enter Now!” below to enter. A separate form must be completed for each book that you submit. Simply change the quantity to indicate the number of categories entering for one book. If entering more than one book, after the 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.