Welcome to The 2020 PenCraft Awards!

Win $500 from the PenCraft Award competition that celebrates the best books reviewed during the prior year.

The fourth annual PenCraft Award is opened to all books written in the English Language with an ISBN and published between 2017 and 2020 and reviewed by between September 10, 2019 and the September 10, 2020 entry deadline. All books reviewed by during that period will be considered for a 2020 PenCraft Award. There are no additional forms to fill out or fees to be considered for entry into the competition other than what is initially required by for the submission of your book for review.

Top Prize for the 2019 PenCraft Award is $500.

We also present two $200 cash Awards for Best Fiction and Best Nonfiction categories

Typically entering a book in an awards program takes time, more money, and effort, and if you don’t win you are left with nothing – not even a review. With the PenCraft Award, if you win there are nice payoffs which include financial rewards, personal satisfaction, and prestige, but even if you don’t, you still have your permanent listing and review on

Literary awards are great influencers of critics and buyers, and a great morale booster for all involved in the book’s publication. A PenCraft gold seal prominently placed on the book cover announces to buyers that your book is a winner which often leads to greater book sales.

There are no additional fees to pay to be considered for a PenCraft Award, and entry into this competition can win you $500 and other prizes.   Each winner is given a personalized award certificate and a digital high-resolution version of their PenCraft Award seal for their book or other marketing materials as well as a web-optimized graphic version of it for websites, blogs and social networking sites.

All works are judged on content, general excellence in writing and originality.  Books published by all publishers, including self-publishers, are accepted. The PenCraft Awards competition is an equal opportunity contest giving no merit to one type of publisher over another.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel of authors, librarians and other literature lovers. The criteria that they use:

  1. Literary/Artistic Merit (40%): The quality of writing receives primary consideration in the PenCraft Award judging. The book's editing, illustrations, and attention to detail involved in its creation is an important element in the selection process.
  2. Originality (30%): Originality in concept and execution is a primary consideration in selecting finalists. Finalist titles should demonstrate innovative artistic qualities, which in many cases will be specific to their genre or category.
  3. Audience Appeal (30%): A PenCraft Award-winning book should have a strong appeal to its target audience. The book should be judged on its effectiveness in engaging that particular readership. The author or publisher should have their book listed on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Goodreads and other popular sites that introduce books to the public.

The PenCraft award recipients will benefit from announcements to the media of their award-winning books. A National Press Release will include a list of all 1st place winners.  The chatter from these various list helps readers discover new and innovative works.

The Annual "PenCraft" Award winners will be announced in late September 2020 to coincide with the beginning of the Holiday season. A book award sets your book apart from its competition and the Holiday season is certainly a time when additional recognition for your work benefits book sales.

The 2020 PenCraft Award ceremony will be held in place to be announced as the end of the competition period comes to a close. The event will be in late October or November 2020. Each winner will be given a chance to make a statement from behind the podium about their book and their aspirations.

We hope you will soon be able to promote your Title as a PenCraft Award-Winning Book: As an award winner, you will have the right to highlight your PenCraft Award on your book cover, website, and marketing material. Additional award stickers will be available at a nominal price for all PenCraft Award winners in each category.

We welcome your questions, comments and ideas! Simply e-mail us for an immediate response.

Mark Wulf

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