BOOK AWARDS

THE HFP

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ENTER THE HFP 2021 BOOK AWARDS

How it All Works:

So you want to win the $500 cash prize for the 2021 HFC Grand Prize Best Book-of-the-Year?

We offer 8 awards categories. You can submit to one category, or multiple categories. Entry fee is per category.

  • Select genre.

  • Then, select category.

  • Award badges are given for first place in each category.

Eligibility

  • Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published, or Traditionally Published.

  • E-pub accepted.

  • All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission.

  • Entries must be in the English language.

  • No erotica.

  • Published works more than 1 year before the Contest Year will not be accepted.

  • Novels must be 50,000 plus words. No maximum word count (we like big books and we cannot lie!)

  • You may enter in more than one category. However, each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee.

  • You may enter more than one novel into a given contest.

  • Default winners will not be declared. Contests are based on merit and writing craft.

  • Digital Files must be submitted in MOBI, EPUB, or PDF.

  • Fees and Digital files must be received before midnight on the day of the deadline.

  • Please read our Terms and Conditions.

Each work entered will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Compelling storyline

  • Editing and Formatting

  • Character Development

  • Continuity

  • Satisfying Ending (happy or sad)

  • First Line and Paragraph Hook

  • Uniqueness

  • Writing Craft

  • Story Arc

Each work submitted will make its way through our rounds of competitions.

Contest Entry Rounds:

Round 1: Slush Pile

Consider Round 1 to be the slush pile for the readers. Judges will evaluate the first chapter of your work, and will vote yes or no on whether or not your work moves forward to Round 2.

Round 2: LONG LIST

If your work moves forward to Round 2, then the next sixty to eighty pages of it will be evaluated. If your work is approved, it will move forward to Round 3.

Round 3: SHORTLIST

Works that have moved forward to Round 3 will be read in full.

Round 4:  Semi-Finalists are determined from the SHORT LISTERS.

Round 5: The FINALISTS one step closer to the coveted First Place Category positions and the Grand Prize announcements!

Round 6:  FIRST PLACE CATEGORY POSITIONS are determined and announced.

First Place Category award winners will be notified and awarded badges and promotional opportunities.

Round 7: Overall Competition between the FIRST PLACE CATEGORY POSITIONS to determine the category’s grand prize winner.

Round 8:  The OVERALL GRAND PRIZE WINNER from the category first place winners will be chosen and announced.

HFC Book Reviews Overall Best Book Gold Medal, Silver Medal, and Bronze Medal

The Overall Best Book winner will receive $ 500 plus prizes and promotion.

Silver and Bronze winners will receive prizes according to the list at the bottom of this page.*

FIVE-STAR RECOMMENDED BOOKS - WINNERS RECEIVE:

  • Featured side ad for one month

  • Featured on home page banner for one month

  • Tweet blast for one month

  • Bookstagram blast for one month

  • One exclusive Pinterest feature

  • A featured spotlight at The Hist Fic Chickie blog

BRONZE MEDAL BOOK OF THE YEAR BOOK - WINNERS RECEIVE:

  • Featured side ad for three months

  • Featured on home page banner for three months

  • Tweet blast for three months

  • Bookstagram blast for three months

  • Two exclusive Pinterest features

  • A featured spotlight at The Hist Fic Chickie blog

SILVER MEDAL BOOK OF THE YEAR BOOK - WINNERS RECEIVE:

  • Featured side ad for six months

  • Featured on home page banner for six months

  • Tweet blast for six months

  • Bookstagram blast for six months

  • Three exclusive Pinterest features

  • A featured spotlight at The Hist Fic Chickie blog

GOLD MEDAL BOOK OF THE YEAR BOOK - WINNERS RECEIVE:

  • Cash prize to be announced in August!

  • Featured side ad for one year

  • Featured on home page banner for one year

  • Tweet blast for one year

  • Bookstagram blast for one year

  • Five exclusive Pinterest features

  • A featured spotlight and author interview at The Hist Fic Chickie blog & podcast