SUBMISSIONS PROCESS

Submissions for the 2020 Selfies Book Awards U.S. are accepted from authors living in the U.S. who have self-published their own book, by which is meant where they have undertaken the editing, design and marketing for their book themselves, or have paid for all or more than half of these publishing expenses through a hybrid publisher. Only adult fiction titles published in 2019 that are 100,000 words or less are eligible. 

The cut-off date for submissions is Saturday, February 29, 2020. To register, please go to booklife.com/affiliate-forms/selfie-book-award and complete the first step of the entry form. Part of this first step is paying the $50 entry fee. 

Once you have completed this first step, a link will be sent to you to access the relevant online submission form to complete the entry process. Please note that the submission form will ask for: your name, contact details, title of book being submitted, blurb, when first published, sales since published, how many books you have published altogether, whether you have an agent or not, whether you have been conventionally published or not, a short description of the marketing and publicity you have undertaken, plus a synopsis and requires an electronic copy of the book to be submitted (please include a cover separately if the electronic copy does not have one).

A preliminary judging panel will review all submissions and draw up a shortlist of up to 10 books for the final judging panel. The shortlist will be announced May 29, 2020 via BookLife and the Selfies Book Awards U.S. website. These shortlisted titles will then be reviewed by an expert judging panel.

The prize for the winning author is $1,000 cash plus a $5,000 advertising package consisting of print and digital marketing in Publishers Weekly. The winning title will also be featured at trade shows and promoted to 30,000 librarians via CBE. 

The winner will be announced on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago, IL. Shortlisted authors will be invited to the ceremony, but no expenses will be paid apart from free entrance to the Conference.