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2018 BOOKSELLERS’ BEST AWARD

A Published Authors’ Contest for Books Published in 2017
Sponsored by Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America

Aliza Mann, Co-Chair alizamann1@gmail.com

R.C. Matthews, Co-Chair rc_matthews@yahoo.com

 

For last year's winners, please click here.

 

HOW TO ENTER

STEP 1 - SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY FORM VIA ONE OF THE FOLLOWING

  • Online Entry Form (each category has its own online entry form; see below)
  • Print and mail Entry Form.

One entry form per entry. If you choose to enter via mail, send entry form(s) to:

R.C. Matthews
P.O. Box 183646
Shelby Township MI 48318-3646

STEP 2 - SUBMIT YOUR PAYMENT

ENTRY FEES:

$30 entry fee per book for RWA members
$50 entry fee per book for non-RWA members
$5 additional fee for the Patti Shenberger Best First Book entries

  • Pay With PayPal (if submitting online, link will also be on confirmation page after you make your online submission)
  • Pay with a Check (payable to Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America)

For entrants paying by check, payments must be received before the entry will be accepted into contest.Send check payable to Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America to:

R.C. Matthews
P.O. Box 183646
Shelby Township MI 48318-3646

STEP 3 - SEND YOUR ENTRY TO THE CATEGORY COORDINATOR

Once the entry form and payment have been received, a confirmation email will be sent to you with instructions on mailing your entry to the Category Coordinator.

*You must send four (4) AUTOGRAPHED copies of your entry (not returned). The Category Coordinator will send a confirmation email once the entry has been received. Extra books not used for judging will be donated to charity.

*No additional books are required for the First Book category.

*No additional books required for finalists.

*Do not send anything “signature required.” If you need confirmation of receipt, please send via USPS “Delivery Confirmation” mail.

 

RULES

* You must be a current member of Romance Writers of America to receive the discounted entry fee for RWA members
* Entry must have a December 2016 through December 2017 copyright or first U.S. Printing
* Entry in the Best First Book category must be the author’s FIRST novel or novella that meets the above requirements.  
* Each title may only be entered in one category (plus the First Book category).
* Failure to follow rules or meet deadlines may result in disqualification.
* Print, ebook and self-published all welcome to enter
* If entry is in ebook format, it must be printed using a standard 12-point font and must be securely bound using traditional binding, a slide cover, or three ring soft hard/cover binder, etc.

 

DEADLINES

*1/5/18 Entry forms and fees must be paid
*1/14/18 Books must be received by coordinators 
*On or before 5/14/18, finalists will be notified
*On or before 5/21/18, finalists’ names will be posted on GDRWA website
*July 2018, Evening awards reception at RWA National Conference in Denver (date to be announced)
*On or before 8/15/18– winners’ names will be posted on the GDRWA website

 

JUDGING

*All judges will be booksellers or librarians.
*Scores are not disclosed and there is no feedback provided.
*See below for information on how to become a judge
Each entry will be judged by three judges who will answer the following two questions.

  1. Is the resolution of the romance emotionally satisfying and optimistic? 
  2. Does the entry fall within the category description? 

Two or more ‘NO’ answers will result in disqualification of the entry. In addition, each book is rated with a score of 1-5 in the following areas: Technique, Mechanics, Storytelling, Goal / Motivation / Conflict, and Overall Impression. Scores from all five categories are tallied for a total score.

In the event of a tie, both entries will be deemed winners.

 

PRIZES AND PERKS

* Uniquely designed award for each winner
* Gift for winning book’s editor
* Reception for all finalists at RWA National conference where winners are announced
* Winners’ names listed in the RWR
* Finalists’ names, and winners’ names and book covers posted on GDRWA site
* Certificates to all finalists and winners

 

TO ENTER THE 2018 BOOKSELLERS' BEST AWARD:

ENTER BY MAIL (For mailed entries, please enter only one entry per form.) Word Doc

ENTER ONLINE (For online entries, enter your book by category. Only one entry per form.)

SHORT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (40,001-60,000)  A novel where the primary focus highlights the romantic relationship as the central part of the story. Romantic suspense, mystery or thriller elements can blend with the plot to form a part of the love story. Excludes Inspirational.

MID CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (60,001-80,000)  A novel where the primary focus highlights the romantic relationship as the central part of the story. Romantic suspense, mystery or thriller elements can blend with the plot to form a part of the love story. Excludes Inspirational.

LONG CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (80,001 and up)  A novel where the primary focus highlights the romantic relationship as the central part of the story. Romantic suspense, mystery or thriller elements can blend with the plot to form a part of the love story. Excludes inspirational.

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE (40,001 and up)  Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an INTEGRAL part of the plot and are blended with the love story.

SINGLE TITLE WITH STRONG ROMANTIC ELEMENTS (40,001 and up)  While there is a romance – or multiple romances, it is not a driving force to the plotline or central to the storyline. Novels written in varying tone, styles, and time periods can be considered eligible for this category. Commercial fiction, literary fiction, suspense/mystery/thriller fiction, or novels with thematic or emotional elements, including women’s self-discovery or emotional life journey where romance is present in the story but not the central focus, can be considered in this category. Must include an HEA or happy for now ending.

INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE  (40,001 and up)   A novel where spiritual or religious beliefs blend with the plot to form a significant part of the love story. The character’s journey should include not only inward and outward character growth, but also spiritual growth. The romance should be central to the story development and can include historical, suspense/mystery, or contemporary elements.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (40,001 and up)  A novel set in any time period and any location prior to 1945.  The romance should be central to the story development. Suspense or mystery elements can be included within the plot as long as the historical setting remains uncompromised and the love story remains the central focus of the plot.

EROTIC ROMANCE (40,001 and up)  A novel where a romantic relationship – or relationships – is developed through sexual interactions. The sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development, and can’t be removed without damaging the storyline. Must have with a HEA or Happy for Now ending.

PARANORMAL/FANTASY/URBAN FANTASY ROMANCE (40,001 and up)  A novel in which paranormal/fantasy elements are integral parts of the plot. The paranormal/fantasy elements should blend with the love story. Paranormal, Science Fiction, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel, and Urban Fantasy Romances also fit into this category. Urban Fantasies might not have a Happily-Ever-After at the end but must elude to a potential one at the end of the series.

YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE (40,001 and up)  A novel with romantic themes interwoven with young adult issues and concerns to form the central part of the story. Young adults between the ages of 12-19 should be the targeted audience. Plots can include, but are not limited to, elements such as historical, paranormal, suspense/thriller, or mystery.

NOVELLA (15,000-40,000)   Focuses on the romantic relationship. Accepted categories of novellas include contemporary, erotic, inspirational, romantic suspense, young adult, historical, and paranormal.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your category coordinator or contact R.C. Matthews or Aliza Mann, 2018 BBA Co-Chairs, at BookSellersBestAwards@gmail.com.

 

2018 BBA Category Coordinators:

Short Contemporary Romance Coordinator
Meghan Schilling- meghan.schilling@yahoo.com 

Mid Contemporary Romance Coordinator
Terry Oparka - terry.oparka@yahoo.com

Long Contemporary Romance Coordinator
Gina Sterling - gsterling001@mi.rr.com

Historical Romance Coordinator
Carol Kachmar - i_tutor@ameritech.net

Inspirational Romance Coordinator
Aliza Mann – alizamann1@gmail.com

Mainstream/Single Title Coordinator
Dana Nussio- nussio@earthlink.net

Novella Coordinator
Aliza Mann – alizamann1@gmail.com

Paranormal Romance Coordinator
AJ Norris – AJNorris50@gmail.com

Erotic Coordinator
R.C. Matthews – rc_matthews@yahoo.com

Romantic Suspense Coordinator
Heather Novak - heathernovak.author@gmail.com 

Young Adult Romance Coordinator
Tracey Bilen - tbilen@dcds.edu 

 

JUDGE INFORMATION

Judge's Online Application

Print Application in Word.

Q. Who can judge the Booksellers’ Best Award?
A. Librarians and those who own, manage, or work for a bookstore. You must be 18 or over.

Q. How many entries will I have to judge?
A. When you sign up, you get to choose how many books you’re willing to judge.

Q. What are the categories?
A. There are 11 categories of romance from which to choose:
 
SHORT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (Books range from 160-240 pages) A novel where the primary focus highlights the romantic relationship as the central part of the story. Romantic suspense, mystery or thriller elements can blend with the plot to form a part of the love story. Excludes Inspirational.

MID CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (Books range from 240-320 pages) A novel where the primary focus highlights the romantic relationship as the central part of the story. Romantic suspense, mystery or thriller elements can blend with the plot to form a part of the love story. Excludes Inspirational.

LONG CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (More than 320 pages) A novel where the primary focus highlights the romantic relationship as the central part of the story. Romantic suspense, mystery or thriller elements can blend with the plot to form a part of the love story. Excludes inspirational.

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE (More than 160 pages) Novels in which suspense, mystery, or thriller elements constitute an INTEGRAL part of the plot and are blended with the love story.

SINGLE TITLE WITH STRONG ROMANTIC ELEMENTS (More than 160 pages) While there is a romance – or multiple romances, it is not a driving force to the plotline or central to the storyline. Novels written in varying tone, styles, and time periods can be considered eligible for this category. Commercial fiction, literary fiction, suspense/mystery/thriller fiction, or novels with thematic or emotional elements, including women’s self-discovery or emotional life journey where romance is present in the story but not the central focus, can be considered in this category.

INSPIRATIONAL ROMANCE (More than 160 pages) A novel where spiritual or religious beliefs blend with the plot to form a significant part of the love story. The character’s journey should include not only inward and outward character growth, but also spiritual growth. The romance should be central to the story development and can include historical, suspense/mystery, or contemporary elements.

HISTORICAL ROMANCE (More than 160 pages) A novel set in any time period and any location prior to 1945.  The romance should be central to the story development. Suspense or mystery elements can be included within the plot as long as the historical setting remains uncompromised and the love story remains the central focus of the plot.

EROTIC ROMANCE (More than 160 pages) A novel where a romantic relationship – or relationships – is developed through sexual interactions. The sex is an inherent part of the story, character growth, and relationship development, and can’t be removed without damaging the storyline.

PARANORMAL ROMANCE (More than 160 pages) A novel in which paranormal/fantasy elements are integral parts of the plot. The paranormal/fantasy elements should blend with the love story. Paranormal, Science Fiction, Futuristic, Fantasy, Time Travel, and Urban Fantasy Romances also fit into this category. Urban Fantasies might not have a Happily-Ever-After at the end but must elude to a potential one at the end of the series.

YOUNG ADULT ROMANCE (More than 160 pages) A novel with romantic themes interwoven with young adult issues and concerns to form the central part of the story. Young adults between the ages of 12-19 should be the targeted audience. Plots can include, but are not limited to, elements such as historical, paranormal, suspense/thriller, or mystery.

NOVELLA (60-160 pages) Focuses on the romantic relationship. Accepted categories of novellas include contemporary, erotic, inspirational, romantic suspense, young adult, historical, and paranormal.

Q. How do I receive entries?
A. Books will be mailed to the judges in February.

Q. How long do I have to read and judge?
A. You must return the scores by April 15th.

Q. Can I post reviews of the books?
A. Scores must not be released to anyone other than the co-chairs of this contest. Therefore, we ask that if you review the books on Goodreads, Shelfari, etc., you do not mention you judged it for this contest or post the scores.

Q. Do I get to keep the books?
Yes! You get to keep the autographed books.

Q. How do I sign-up to judge?
A. It is preferred that you sign-up using the online Google form, but in the alternative, judges may print and mail the application to:

R.C. Matthews
P.O. Box 183646
Shelby Township MI 48318-3646

Or download the form and email it to booksellersbestaward@gmail.com.

 

 

 

 

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