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2017 BOOKSELLERS’ BEST AWARD

A Published Authors’ Contest for Books Published in 2016
Sponsored by Greater Detroit Romance Writers of America

AJ Norris, Co-Chair AJNorris50@gmail.com

Sage Spelling, Co-Chair SageSpelling@gmail.com

General Questions: BookSellersBestAward@gmail.com

 

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:

AJ Norris
P.O. Box 250231
Franklin, MI 48025

STEP 2 - SUBMIT YOUR PAYMENT

ENTRY FEES:

$30 entry fee per book
$5 additional fee for 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 GDRWA)

For entrants paying by check, payments must be received before the entry will be accepted into contest. If you choose to pay via check, make it out to GDRWA and send it to:

Sage Spelling
23241 Kenosha St.
Oak Park, MI 48237

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.

*Please be sure to mail to the Category Coordinator and not the mail addresses contained on this site. If you do not receive an email with instructions after you enter, please contact us at BookSellersBestAward@gmail.com.

 

RULES

* You must be a current member of Romance Writers of America 
* Entry must have a 2016 copyright or have a 2016 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

*1/19/17 Entry forms and fees must be paid  
*1/23/17 Books must be received by coordinators 
*On or before 5/14/17, finalists will be notified
*On or before 5/21/17, finalists’ names will be posted on GDRWA website
*July of 2017 – Evening awards reception at RWA National Conference in Orlando (date to be announced)
*On or before 8/15/17– 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

 

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

 

2017 BBA Category Coordinators:

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

Long Contemporary Romance Coordinator
Cheryl Smith- cssmith37@comcast.net 

Historical Romance Coordinator
Carol Kachmar- i_tutor@ameritech.net (there is a _ between the “i” and the “t”)

Inspirational Romance Coordinator
Leigh Kraushaar-  shaeross@outlook.com 

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

Novella Coordinator
Alison Diem- alison.diem@gmail.com 

Paranormal Romance Coordinator
Heather Novak- heathernovak.author@gmail.com 

Erotic Coordinator
AJ Norris– AJNorris50@gmail.com

Romantic Suspense Coordinator 
Kay Krieg- kmkrieg123@yahoo.com 

Young Adult Romance Coordinator
Tracy Bilen– Tracybilen@yahoo.com

 

TO ENTER THE 2017 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 (40,001-70,000)  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 (70,001 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 a HEA or Happy for Now ending.

PARANORMAL 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 AJ Norris or Sage Spelling, 2017 BBA Co-Chairs, at BookSellersBestAward@gmail.com

 

JUDGE INFORMATION

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 10 categories of romance from which to choose:
 
SHORT CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE (Books range from 160-280 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 280 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:

AJ Norris
P.O. Box 250231
Franklin, MI 48025

Or download the form and email it to ajnorris50@gmail.com.

 

 

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