We have been receiving so many great books for the 2017 Literary Awards program that I didn’t realize until now how close we are to the early registration deadline. Where did the time go! The Literary Awards is actually my favorite thing because every time I open an awards package I go back in time to when I was sending my own book to different awards programs.
I remember how I felt as I double-checked the entry form and the number of books, making sure everything was included, and then sealed the package sending in all of my hopes with my submission. It feels weird to me to think about it now, as I remember not knowing anything about literary contests or how they work. I remember wondering who would be judging my book and hoping that they would love it as much as I did. And now I find myself receiving so many authors’ hopes along with their books…
So, I decided to explain how the Literary Awards program works here at Reader Views.
- We receive the package, and process the submission.
- The title then goes to the first line judging where the book gets read and a review is written.
- Once the book has been reviewed a set of scores is generated and entered into the awards database.
- This process goes continues until the final deadline and all the books are read and reviewed.
- Then the title goes into the second line judging where the finalists are selected by evaluating and tabulating the scores by a second group of judges per category.
- Once the finalists have been selected the final judging takes place by another panel of judges who will judge the books on each category, based on the physical book, the review and scores, upon which a final score is determine and placement awarded.
All books are treated with respect and enthusiasm as all our judges are avid book lovers, whether authors, or readers, or experts in a specific category.
The final deadline for entry is December 31, 2017. We receive a LOT of books in December and, as you can imagine this process takes time. If you are planning to enter your book, this would be the perfect time to do so. Not only do you avoid the mad rush at the end of the year, assuring your book is read and reviewed sooner, but it’s the final week to take advantage of the discounted entry fee.