GRAND PRIZE: $500 | FIRST PLACE DRAWING WINNER: $100

THE FINAL DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS TO THE ROYAL DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARD CONTEST IS OCTOBER 1, 2018.

About

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 68 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.

 
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 in Story Monsters Ink magazine, 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 and in Story Monsters Ink magazine.

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 and in Story Monsters Ink magazine,.

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 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.

 
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 and marketing/promotion materials.

Entry fees:

On or before August 1, 2018: $60 per category

After august 2018: $65 per category.

We accept payment by credit card and Paypal.

 
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/Audiobooks:

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.

Marketing/Promotion Materials:

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 cristy@storymonsters.com with “DRAGONFLY BOOK AWARDS” as the subject.Mail entries to:

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

 
Deadline

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.

 
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.

Book Categories:

  1. Activity Books - Adults
  2. Aging, Senior Living
  3. Audiobook -- NEW!
  4. Best Cover Design
  5. Best Interior Design
  6. Best Photography/Illustrations
  7. Biography, Autobiography/Memoir
  8. Book Series (Enter promo code BKSERIES at checkout to get 40% off each book when entering two or more books as part of a series for this category ONLY.)
  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 & 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. Food-Related: Cookbooks, Food Travel, Food History, About Food
  23. Graphic Novel
  24. Health, Diet, Nutrition
  25. Historical Fiction
  26. History Non-Fiction
  27. Holiday
  28. Home & Garden
  29. How-To
  30. Humor
  31. Letters, Journals, Diaries
  32. LGBT
  33. Middle Grade Fiction
  34. Military
  35. Multicultural, Cultural Diversity
  36. Mystery
  37. Newbie Award (first time author, fiction)
  38. Newbie Award (first time author, non-fiction)
  39. Other Non-Fiction
  40. Parenting
  41. Performing Arts, Music, Movies, TV
  42. Pets, Animals
  43. Poetry
  44. Psychology
  45. Relationships
  46. Religion, Spirituality, Philosophy
  47. Romance
  48. Science & Technology
  49. Science Fiction & Fantasy & Paranormal
  50. Self Help, Inspirational
  51. Special Needs/Disability Awareness
  52. Sports & Exercise
  53. STEM (science, technology, engineering, math)
  54. Textbooks
  55. Transportation
  56. Travel
  57. Unpublished Manuscript (for print books only)
  58. Westerns
  59. Women's Interests
  60. Writing/Publishing
  61. Young Adult Fiction
  62. Young Adult Non-Fiction
  63. Youth Author Fiction (author is age 17 or younger)
  64. Youth Author Nonfiction (author is age 17 or younger)

NEW! Marketing/Promotion CategorieS:

  1. Book Trailer
  2. Bookmark
  3. Flyer
  4. Media Kit
  5. Press Release
 
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, 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.

 
How to Enter

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.

We accept payment by credit card and Paypal.

Good Luck!