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Enter your book into the prestigious Costa Award

Costa Book AwardsOne of the most prestigious book awards, the Costa Book Award, formerly known as Whitbread Book Award is still taking nominations for 2013. The deadline is the 28th June 2013 so time is running out.

There are 5 categories:

  • First Novel
  • Novel
  • Biography
  • Poetry
  • Children’s Book

Each category winner will receive £5,000. One of the winners is finally selected as the overall Costa Book of the Year with a further £30,000 prize.

The category shortlists will be announced in November 2013 and the category winners will be declared in early January 2014 with an awards presentation following on Tuesday, 28th January 2014.

The 2013 entry form is available to download, you can find it here.

Short History:

In 1971 the Whitbread Literary Awards were first awarded which in 1985 became the Whitbread Book Awards. When Costa Coffee took over sponsorship from Whitbread the award was renamed to today’s Costa Book Awards. Winner of the past include Philip Pullman’s Amber Spyglass and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.



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Winner of the 2013 East Midlands Book Award

East Midlands Book AwardThe winner of this year’s East Midlands Book Award was announced last Thursday, 20th June 2013 in a great ceremony that also marked the opening of the Oakham Festival. And it is … [drumroll] … Jon McGregor with his book This Isn’t The Sort Of Thing That Happens To Someone Like You.

Congratulations, Jon!


About the Book:

It is a collection of stories which are all set in the low open landscape of the Lincolnshire fens. The sorts of things that don’t happen to someone like you do, in fact, happen to someone like you. A young woman is almost killed when a sugar-beet crashes through her windscreen. A boy sets fire to a barn. A father is arrested when he tries to watch his daughter’s school nativity play. A pair of itinerant labourers sit by a lake, talking about shovels and sex, while fighter-planes fly low overhead and prepare for war.

About Jon McGregor:

Jon McGregor is the author of the critically acclaimed If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things and So Many Ways to Begin. He is the winner of the Betty Trask Prize and the Somerset Maugham Award, and has been twice longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. He was born in Bermuda in 1976. He grew up in Norfolk and now lives in Nottingham.

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2014 East Midlands Book Award – UK

East Midland Reflections

East Midland Reflections (Photo credit: Gerry Balding)

The East Midlands Book Award (EMBA) is accepting nominations from local, national and international publishers of East Midlands Writers (this covers Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland). The writer needs to have lived in the East Midlands during the period of publication.

The categories are Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry and the work can be aimed at children and young people. There is a panel of judges who will put together a short list which is then promoted through book shops, libraries and reading groups.

To find out more about this award, such as who the judges are, its history as well as previous short listed books and winners, please follow the link:

To go straight to the section on rules and how to enter follow this link:

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US Literary Awards 2013

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Assam Valley Literary Award Trophy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After posting the other day about entering your book into contest to go for prestigious awards, I received a comment from the lovely Dana Lynn Smith of The Savvy Book Marketer. (Please make sure you stop by, her blog is excellent!)

Dana shared a link which I simply had to repost herewith and share with everyone who is interested in book awards. It’s an article by the book publicist Scott Lorenz entitled 32 Book Awards Authors Should Pursue for 2013 and you can find it by clicking here. He not only lists the awards but also talks about why it is important for authors to enter. The list is for the US American market, but many of the awards take foreign books also.



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Enter your book for awards


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Have you ever thought about increasing your visibility by entering literary contests? There are many contests writers can enter into in all kinds of different fields with very different reaches and audiences. Some contest are regional, others national or international. There are contests for short stories, poetry, fiction, non-fiction and pretty much any genre within those categories. Just do a Google search for what’s available and you will be quite amazed.

Being nominated or short listed for any award is a big deal and you can use that information in your PR and marketing activities. If you win the prize then even better. More publicity, and depending on the award, some of that will be even done for you. You might walk away with a book deal, a worth while promotion or a cash prize, or whatever the winner gets for that particular award. Book stores are more likely to carry your book if it has won an award and you will find your book generally a bit easier to sell.

I’m not saying it’ll solve all your problems and your book will fly off the shelves, but it will definitely do better than if you hadn’t bothered. And it’s exciting, of course. And who doesn’t want a bit of excitement in their life. 😉 So go on, what have you got to lose?



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