14 May 2014

Literary awards

a guest post by Andrea Scovel (@AndreaScovel1)

Hey, writers! Do you ever wish that you had some credentials for people to see when they visit your site? An award may be just the thing. Some awards you could nominate yourself for and others - if you are aware of them and how they work - you can be nominated for by other people. I know as a writer you already have a lot to think about (i.e., writing, blogging, keeping all social networks going and up to date, how to publish, finding an editor, etc.) and it can be overwhelming. However, you may want to add applying for awards and getting noticed by their committees to your list. Receiving an award can do a lot for your reputation in the writing community. Not to mention your pocket book. Read on!
  • You cannot submit your own work, but you can visit third party websites that make recommendations on what work should be nominated. Note that the Hugo Awards have many categories for these awards and they are not limited to books but also have categories for short stories, novellas, novelettes, etc. The members of the World Science Fiction Society find the books and make nominations for the awards.
  • Since you cannot submit your own work, there is no fee to enter.
  • The book is only eligible in “its first year of publication.”
  • Sci-fi, fantasy and horror are eligible if, according to Hugo awards, “the members of World Con believe they are eligible.”  “The awards are run by and voted on by fans.”
  • There is no mention of a need for an ISBN number on the website.
  • Ebooks and independently published books can also be nominated.
  • Your work may be published anywhere in the world “or out of it,” as the website puts it. There are no restrictions on where you hold your residence.
  • The awardees receive Hugo trophies.
  • Since writers do not submit their own work there is no deadline. The dates for the awards vary and are held at World Con every year.

The YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Awards:

  • Authors may NOT nominate their own books. However, they do offer a list of resources for authors to market their books and even allow you to send your book to the committee. Although, they do make a point to say that they receive hundreds of books each year. They also list free resources for marketing. The winners are recommended by YALSA.
  • No fee.
  • The YALSA website does not indicate whether there are restrictions on publication dates.
  • The only criteria that is mentioned on the YALSA website for being selected is that the book be for teens.
  • No indication of the need for an ISBN number.
  • There is no mention of ebooks or books published independently being excluded.
  • There are no mentioned restrictions on where the awardee may live.
  • YALSA offers many different awards and the prize for each is cash, although the amounts vary.
  • There is no indicated deadline for awards.

The Oregon Book award

  • You may enter your own book.
  • To enter you send 2 copies of your book and a $40 entry fee.
  • The publication date of the book must be between Aug 1, 2013 and July 31, 2014.
  • The book may be nonfiction, creative nonfiction, children’s literature, young adult literature (which encompasses fiction, nonfiction and poetry), short fiction (includes collections and anthologies), and poetry.
  • Must be an Oregon resident at least 6 months out of the year. If you move after you submit your application then you are disqualified.
  • An ISBN is required.
  • Ebooks can be submitted but must be submitted as “bound” and printed out versions with an ISBN.
  • Self-published titles are indeed accepted.
  • The website for the Oregon Book Awards does not mention what the awardee recieves as an award.
  • The deadline to submit for the 2015 awards will be August 29, 2014.

About the contributor

Andrea grew up on the Oregon Coast and moved to the Portland area 12 years ago. She and her husband have 3 kids and a cat. She is currently attending Marylhurst University and majoring in ELW with a concentration in Creative Writing. She aspires to be a freelance writer and novelist. Right now, she is working on a children's book with her husband and kids and also has a couple of other small children’s books in progress. 

Andrea would love to connect with you via Facebook, Twitter, her website or email, andrea (dot) scovel (at) marylhurst (dot) edu.

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