The Maincrest Media Book Award Program

Gain Recognition & Sales With The Maincrest Media Book Award Program

From new, independent authors to NYT bestsellers and iconic publishers, we have served authors from all backgrounds

The Maincrest Media Book Award Program

The Maincrest Media Book Award Program establishes the benchmark for excellence in books and the publishing community as a whole.

Book awards grab the attention of readers, publishers, bookstores and librarians which can translate into instant credibility, influence and sales.

We value your unique talent, knowledge and expertise and want to help you achieve the impact, influence, income and recognition you deserve.

Key Information

Dates & Deadlines

Applications are open! The deadline for the current application cycle is June 30th, 2024.

Eligibility

All books are eligible if they are:

  • Written in English
  • Have a publication date of 2000 or later

Pricing

Regular entry fee: $249 USD per book, $89 for each additional category. 

 

What’s included in the Maincrest Media Book Award Program?

The Maincrest Media Book Award Program includes everything you need to promote your book to the world.

All Applicants Receive:

COMPREHENSIVE JUDGE’S ASSESSMENT

All entrants receive a judges assessment that includes a detailed evaluation of your book. Fiction books are evaluated based on their plot, characters, theme and style. Non-fiction books are evaluated based on their content, originality, structure and style. Each assessment is designed to help you market your book to readers and build relationships with influential members of the publishing community.

All Winners Receive:

Results announced to 400,000+ on Social Media

The award winner announcement will be shared with a combined base of 400,000+ readers on Twitter and Facebook.

Results promoted on Google, Bing & Yahoo

Award results are shared on popular search engines including Google, Bing and Yahoo. This is designed to help draw positive attention to your book and help you grow your online readership.

EXPOSURE TO PUBLISHING PROFESSIONALS & BOOK BUYERS

Through our email newsletter and publishing platforms, we help connect your book to booksellers, librarians and readers. We also grant you the license to share your book award in both online and offline channels including popular book distribution and promotion platforms such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads and more!

Up to $300 in discounts on maincrest media programs

Winners benefit from exclusive discounts on the Maincrest Media Book Award and Maincrest Media Book Review programs. Discounts provided are up to 60% OFF regular price, totalling up to $300 in savings.

DIGITAL AWARD SEALS

Books selected as Winners receive the Maincrest Media digital award seal, which can be used on your book cover, your website and your social media profiles.

DIGITAL AWARD CERTIFICATE

Each winner receives a personalized digital award certificate designed to help you promote your book award in an effective way, build trust and establish your authority with readers.

DEDICATED WINNER’S PAGE

Books that are selected as Winners will receive a dedicated winner’s page on the Maincrest Media website. Authors and publishers can use this dedicated page to showcase their work in a positive manner and build their readership and audience.

Gain the Recognition You Deserve.

What Authors Have To Say

Thank you Maincrest Media for the book award, it is an honor! I feel it is important for exposure of your book. It is very interesting to see how well your book competes with all of the other incredible books out there…it is nice to receive constructive criticism on how to improve for your future projects. – Kimberley P.

I’m truly honored to have received a Maincrest Media Book Award. It has brought positive attention and acclaim to my work and podcast. – Robert O.

I’m so honored to have received this Women’s Fiction award from Maincrest Media—it’s a crowded genre and this is a huge shot over the bow. As a writer, receiving this award gives credibility to my craft and encourages me to keep on writing. I’m honored. – Kimberly F.

Your presentation was clear and straightforward. The comments were well presented and well thought out. I am honored to have received a Maincrest Media Book Award because the judges focus on the craft of writing and producing an award-winning book. It is rewarding to have one’s hard work noticed. – Michael D.

I was very pleased with every aspect of your program. I was not only please with getting an award, but EXTREMELY pleased to also get the book reviews. – Kashonia C.

I found the reviewer’s thought process to be highly sophisticated in its presentation, and elegant in the descriptions conveyed. This certainly made my day. – Keith S.

I am honoured to have received a Maincrest Media Book Award. It has brought positive attention and acclaim to my work, which…makes me feel proud of what I have achieved. – Gloria E.

The final report far exceeded my expectations. The reviews convinced me that the reviewer thoroughly read and analyzed my book. The review writer was a professional. I am pleased to report that I had an extremely satisfying experience with Maincrest. Thank you for the care you took with my book. – Anthony M.

It is an honor to receive a Maincrest Media Book Award because of the detailed manner in which Maincrest Media judges review and evaluate books…that is why their awards merit so much respect…they are recognized as an organization with well-defined criteria for judging quality books. – Sandra V.

Why Enter a Book Award?

The benefits of winning a book award are multiple and everlasting, and can include:

Increased book sales

Marketing opportunities to promote yourself, your book and your brand

Industry recognition from members of the literary community including editors, agents, publishers, booksellers

Increased promotion for your book

Increased recognition and brand authority for you as an author

A growth in your readership

Award Categories

Action
Addiction & Recovery
Adventure Fiction
Adventure Non-Fiction
Aging
Alternative Medicine
Animals/Pets Fiction
Animals/Pets Non-Fiction
Anthology Fiction
Anthology Non-Fiction
Art & Photography
Audiobook Fiction
Audiobook Non-Fiction
Autobiography
Biography
Body, Mind & Spirit
Book Cover Design Fiction
Book Cover Design Non-Fiction
Business – Entrepreneurship
Business – General
Business – Management
Business – Advertising
Business – Communications/PR
Business – Leadership
Business – Marketing
Career
Children’s Illustration
Children’s Audiobook
Children’s Book Cover Design
Children’s Educational
Children’s Fiction
Children’s Humor
Children’s Multicultural
Children’s Non-Fiction
Children’s Novelty & Gift Book
Children’s Picture Book
Children’s Religion
Coffee Table Book
Cookbook
Craft, Hobby, Home & Garden
Current Events
Death & Dying
Diet & Exercise
Education/Academic
Environment
Fairy Tale / Mythology
Fantasy – Epic
Fantasy – General
Fantasy – Sword and Sorcery
Fantasy – Urban
Graphic Novel
Grief
Health
Historical Fiction
Historical Non-Fiction
Horror
Humor Fiction
Humor Non-Fiction
Inspirational
LGBTQ Fiction
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Literary Fiction
Memoir
Military Fiction
Military Non-Fiction
Multicultural Fiction
Multicultural Non-Fiction
Mystery – Cozy
Mystery – Crime
Mystery – General
Mystery – Hardboiled
Mystery – Noir
Mystery – Private Detective
Nature & Environment
Non-Fiction
Novella
Occult
Paranormal
Parenting & Family
Performing Arts Fiction
Performing Arts Non-Fiction
Personal Finance/Investing
Poetry Fiction
Poetry Non-Fiction
Political
Pre-Teen Fiction
Pre-Teen Non-Fiction
Reference
Religious Fiction (Christian)
Religious Fiction (Eastern)
Religious Fiction (General)
Religious Non-Fiction (Christian)
Religious Non-Fiction (Eastern)
Religious Non-Fiction (General)
Romance
Science Fiction – Apocalyptic
Science Fiction – Dystopian
Science Fiction – General
Science Fiction – Military
Science Fiction – Space Opera
Self-Help
Short Story Fiction
Short Story Non-Fiction
Sports & Recreation Non-Fiction
Suspense
Thriller – Crime
Thriller – General
Thriller – Legal
Thriller – Political
Thriller – Psychological
Thriller – Science Fiction
Thriller – Spy
Travel
True Crime
Women’s Fiction
Women’s Non-Fiction
Writing/Publishing
Young Adult Fiction
Young Adult Non-Fiction
Book Series

Frequently Asked Questions

Learn more about the Maincrest Media Book Award Program including eligibility guidelines, the application process, the judging process, application fees and program deadlines.

What is the Maincrest Media Book Award Program?

The Maincrest Media Book Award Program establishes the benchmark for excellence in books and the publishing community as a whole. Our goal is help authors and publishers promote their books to the world. We understand how difficult it can be to stand out in today’s competitive marketplace. Our mission is to highlight deserving books to help authors achieve the impact, influence, income and recognition they deserve.

What Do I Receive If I Win?

All entrants receive a comprehensive judge’s assessment designed to provide constructive and useful feedback authors and publishers can use in their book marketing.

In addition, winners receive:

  • Announcement to USA Today Affiliates & More
  • Announcement to 400,000+ on Social Media
  • Results promoted on Google, Bing & Yahoo
  • Exposure to Publishing Professionals & Book Buyers
  • Up to $300 in Discounts on Maincrest Media Programs
  • Digital Award Seals
  • Digital Award Certificate
  • A Dedicated Winner’s Page

 

Is My Book Eligible?

All books that are written in English and have a publication date of 2000 or later are eligible. We do not put any restrictions on whether a book has been self or traditionally published.

How does the Maincrest Media Book Award Program work?

Here are the steps to apply:

Step 1: Application
Enter your book into our awards program by submitting our online application form. Submit a digital copy of your book(s) directly through the online application form or via email.

Step 2: Judging
Once you submit your application, our judges will review it. Once the final award deadline has passed, we will send you a notification via email letting you know if you have been selected as a Winner.

Step 3: Award Prizes and Benefits
All applicants will receive an assessment detailing the judge’s review of your book. If you are selected as a Winner, details on how to claim your award seals, certificate, full prize and promotional benefits will be sent to you via email.

How Do I Submit My Book?

At this time, we are only accepting books in digital file formats. eBooks are accepted in the following formats: PDF, EPUB, MOBI, DOC, DOCX, TXT. Audiobooks are accepted in the following file formats: mp3 and WAV. If your book file is too large to be uploaded or sent via email, you can also provide a link to your book file via Dropbox, Google Drive or WeTransfer.

Book files can be uploaded directly through the online application form or sent to our email address.

How Are Books Evaluated?

Fiction books are evaluated based on the following criteria: plot, characters, theme, style and the value the book adds to its target audience and overall genre. Non-fiction books are evaluated based on the following criteria: content, originality, structure, style, and the value the book adds to its target audience and overall genre.

How Long Does It Take?

The final award deadline is June 30th.

Within a few months of this date, the official Winners will be announced and we will send you a notification via email letting you know if you have been selected as a Winner.

How Much Does the Maincrest Media Book Award Program Cost?

Application fees are charged per book entered. The regular application fee starts at $249 USD for one book, and $89 for each additional category. Authors and publishers who wish to enter multiple books are eligible for a multi-book discount.