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Michael David Lawrience

Thanks Dana for the list!


Great resource, Dana! Thank you so much.

Dee for D.I. Telbat

Thank you for this list of contests, Dana. I have a question for you.

David Telbat's eBooks have been selling well and we are going to pursue print this year. His first eBook (Dark Liaison, A Christian Suspense Novel) was published with KDP the end of 2011. If we get the print version out this year and decide to enter it into a contest, what publish date do we put on the entry? Do we consider the print version as if the book hadn't been published before?

Thank you for your time and help.


Nancy S. Kyme

I entered "Memory Lake: The Forever Friendships of Summer" in three contests last year; Nautilus, Michigan's Notable Book Award,and the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award. The Michigan award was free, except 6 copies needed to be donated to their state library. I am proud to report years of writing and editing paid off, as well as the entry fee, because "Memory Lake" won first place in the 2012 Next Gen's Inspirational category. It has opened doors, though I have had to do the knocking, but at least people are now answering! Thank you Dana Lynn Smith for offering great advice here.

Dana Lynn Smith

Nancy, congratulations on your book award! I'm thrilled to know that it's opening doors for you.

Dana Lynn Smith

Dee, I am also going to publish some of my ebooks in print this year and I will use this year as the copyright/publication date. I'm not sure how award contest organizers will feel about the publication date, so I plan inquire in advance before entering. Good luck with the new print edition!

Joel Friedlander

This is a great resource, thanks Dana. You might be interested to know that we also maintain a page that gathers together all known book award contests that are open to self-published books. It's here: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/book-awards/

Ellen Feld

There is also the Feathered Quill Book Awards. Numerous categories and they have several special awards for self-published works. www.featheredquill.com/awardprogram.shtml

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