The 2018 Florida Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program celebrating the best books of the winter.

The Florida Book Festival will consider non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography/memoirs, children’s books, compilations/anthologies, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, business/technology, history, wild card, gay, photography/art, poetry, unpublished stories, spiritual/religious works and holiday themes. There is no date of publication restriction on submissions.

  Our grand prize for the 2018 Florida Book Festival winner is a cash appearance fee and flight to our gala awards ceremony in January, 2018, exact date TBD.

     Submitted works will be judged by a panel of industry experts using the following criteria:

1) General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.

2) The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.

ENTRIES: Please classify your book and enter it in the following categories. Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate fee for each book.General Non-fiction

  • General Non-fiction
  • General Fiction
  • Children’s Books
  • How-to
  • Spiritual
  • Photography/Art
  • Gay
  • Poetry
  • History
  • Young adult
  • Biography/Autobiography
  • Compilations/Anthologies
  • Best Unpublished Stories
  • Cookbooks
  • Science Fiction
  • Business
  • Holiday Themes
  • Wild Card

In addition to honoring the top selections in the above categories, the Florida Book Festival will award the following chosen from submissions:

1) Author of the Year– Honors the outstanding book of the competition.

2) Book Design of the Year – Honors outstanding and innovative design.

3) Publisher of the Year– Honors the top publisher based on materials displaying excellence in marketing and promotional materials, as determined by our judges.

4) Best Electronic Device Read – Honors the best e-book of the season.

FESTIVAL RULES: Florida Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the receipt of their package via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on our web site (www.floridabookfestival.com). Because of the anticipated high volume of entries, we can only respond to e-mail inquiries.

Deadline submissions in each category must be received by the close of business on November 25, 2017. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail and on the web site. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at www.floridabookfestival.com or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Please contact our office at 323-665-8080 for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $50 in the form of a check, money order or PayPal online payment in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.

  Entry fee checks should be made payable to JM Northern Media LLC. We’re sorry, but entries must be mailed and cannot be delivered in person or by local messenger services to the JM Northern Media offices (NOTE: FedEx and UPS are national couriers and accepted).

Entry packages MUST include:

1) One copy of the book;
2) A copy of your official entry form or a reasonable facsimile;
3) The entry fee or receipt for online payment;
4) Any press/marketing materials you wish to send. Marketing is used as a tie-breaking consideration by our judges.

Entries should be mailed to:

JM Northern Media LLC
attn: Florida Book Festival
7095 Hollywood Boulevard
Suite 864
Hollywood, CA 90028-0893
Phone: 323-665-8080

AWARDS: The Florida Book Festival selection committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project.

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