BOOK AWARDS

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ENTER THE HFC 2022 BOOK AWARDS
FINALISTS ANNOUNCEMENTS ON DECEMBER 27TH
CATEGORY WINNERS ANNOUNCED ON DECEMBER 31ST
GRAND PRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED
ON NEW YEAR'S DAY

How it All Works:

So you want to win the $1000 cash prize for the 2022 HFC Grand Prize Best Book-of-the-Year?

We offer 8 awards categories. You can submit to one category, or multiple categories. Entry fee is per category.

  • Select genre.

  • Then, select category.

  • Award badges are given for first, second, and third place in each category.

  • ONE Grand Prize winner is chosen from the first place category winners.

Eligibility

  • Novels may be Manuscripts, Self-published, Indie Published, or Traditionally Published.

  • E-pub accepted.

  • All published novels must have ISBN/ASIN designation, manuscripts are not required to have this designation at the time of submission.

  • Entries must be in the English language.

  • No erotica.

  • We accept all works, no matter the year of publication.

  • Novels must be 50,000 plus words. No maximum word count (we like big books and we cannot lie!)

  • You may enter in more than one category. However, each entry must be accompanied by the entry fee.

  • You may enter more than one novel into a given contest.

  • Default winners will not be declared. Contests are based on merit and writing craft.

  • Digital Files must be submitted in MOBI, EPUB, or PDF.

  • Fees and Digital files must be received before midnight on the day of the deadline.

  • Please read our Terms and Conditions.

Each work entered will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Compelling storyline

  • Editing and Formatting

  • Character Development

  • Continuity

  • Satisfying Ending (happy or sad)

  • First Line and Paragraph Hook

  • Uniqueness

  • Writing Craft

  • Story Arc

Each work submitted will make its way through our rounds of competitions.

Editorial Review plus Contest Entry; and Contest Only Entry Submissions judging:

All books submitted for an editorial review are read in full by HFC reviewers and given a star rating for the contest.

All books submitted for Contest Only entry are evaluated according to Round 1, 2, and 3 below.

Round 1: Slush Pile

Consider Round 1 to be the slush pile for the readers. Judges will evaluate the first chapter of your work, and will vote yes or no on whether or not your work moves forward to Round 2.

Round 2: LONG LIST

If your work moves forward to Round 2, then the next sixty to eighty pages of it will be evaluated. If your work is approved, it will move forward to Round 3.

Round 3: SHORTLIST - Works that have moved forward to Round 3 will be read in full. 

Round 4: Semi-Finalists announced on December 21st of contest year.

Round 5:  FINALIST Winners are determined from Semi-Finalists and announced on December 31th of contest year. Finalist Badges awarded to all who make this round, with the exception of the top four. Top four award winners in each category will be notified and awarded badges in Honorable Mention, Bronze, Silver, and Gold.

Round 7: Overall Competition between the GOLD CATEGORY WINNERS to determine the Grand Prize "Book of the Year" winner.

Round 8:  The OVERALL GRAND PRIZE "Book of the Year" WINNER is chosen from the Gold category winners.

The 2022 Overall Best Book winner will receive $ 1000 plus prizes and promotion.

Gold, Silver and Bronze category winners will receive prizes according to the list at the bottom of this page.*

BRONZE MEDAL CATEGORY WINNERS RECEIVE:

  • Featured side ad for one months

  • Featured on home page banner for one months

  • Tweet blast for one months

  • Bookstagram blast for one months

  • One exclusive Pinterest features

SILVER MEDAL CATEGORY WINNERS RECEIVE:

  • Featured side ad for three months

  • Featured on home page banner for three months

  • Tweet blast for three months

  • Bookstagram blast for three months

  • Two exclusive Pinterest features

GOLD MEDAL CATEGORY WINNERS RECEIVE:

  • Featured side ad for six months

  • Featured on home page banner for six months

  • Tweet blast for six months

  • Bookstagram blast for six months

  • Three exclusive Pinterest features

2022 GRAND PRIZE "BOOK OF THE YEAR" WINNER RECEIVE:

  • New Cash prize for 2022* - $1000

  • 4"x6" Engraved Crystal Trophy

  • Featured side ad for one year

  • Featured on home page banner for one year

  • Tweet blast for one year

  • Bookstagram blast for one year

  • Five exclusive Pinterest features

  • A featured spotlight and author interview at The Hist Fic Chickie blog

*Notation: The 2021 Grand Prize winner receives all of the listed prizes with the exception of the cash prize in the amount of $500.00

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