BookLife's popular fiction contest, the BookLife Prize, is back for 2017 and is offering another chance for unpublished and self-published books to face off in a winner-take-all battle of the books.
The Prize is a great way for authors to receive a short review of their book, for much less than many paid review services. This includes a "Critic's Report," a brief critical assessment of their novel. In addition, as last year, the grand prize winner will take home $5,000 cash.
How the BookLife Prize Works
Now in its second year, the BookLife Prize remains structurally unchanged from last year, putting books up for critical review across four rounds of judging by professional Publishers Weekly reviewers, as well as guest judges, including publishing industry pros and luminaries.
After the close of submissions (August 31, 2017), all books will be reviewed by Publishers Weekly's professional reviewers. Reviewers will score the book, and give each book a Critic's Report, which consists of a score and a brief written assessment of the book—a sort of "mini-review" that an author can use as a cover blurb or on sales pages. To see examples of the Critic's Report, check out the 2016 Results.
From all of the submissions, the 10 books with the highest scores in each genre are moved the next round of judging, the quarter-finals, where they will be assessed and judged by the editorial staff of PW and BookLife.
From there, 5 of the 10 books in each genre are moved the semi-finals, where they are assessed by guest judges, who narrow down each genre to a single Grand Prize Winner, which is selected by the guest judges.
Why Should You Enter the BookLife Prize?
How does five grand sound? The BookLife Prize offers the largest cash prize of any self-published book awards.
Additionally, every entrant gets the Critic's Report, which is a valuable tool for the author, including ratings for on Plot, Originality, Characterization, and Prose (scored on a scale of 10), plus a written assessment (a mini-review) that the author can use in their marketing.
Finally, the "Watchdog Desk" of ALLi, the Alliance of Independent Authors, has given the BookLife Prize a rating of "Recommended." ALLi is a staunch advocate for self-published authors, and their approval is a great sign that this contest is reputable and worthwhile.
The value for the money is outstanding, as we think the Critic's Report alone is worth the $99 nonrefundable entry fee. And if you happen to win the $5,000, well, you can do the math.
BookLife has offered BookWorks members and readers a special discount of $10, bringing the entry fee down to $89. Use code BWRKS when entering your book.
[Full disclosure: Publisher's Weekly is the parent company of BookLife, and also a partner in BookWorks.]