Welcome to The 2021 PenCraft Awards!

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

The Fifth annual PenCraft Award is opened to all books written in the English Language with an ISBN and published between 2018 and 2021. There are two ways to enter:

1. Your books can be entered into the competition by submitting them to us by snail mail or by providing a pdf or eBook copy to us prior to the 2021 deadline. The deadline is Midnight on September 10, 2021. The submission fee per book is $39. (Click here for Submission Instructions)

2. If you've had a book reviewed by during the 2021 submission window then that book will have automatically been entered into the competition.

The Grand Prize for the 2021 PenCraft Award is $500 cash. Two other cash prizes of $200 will also be awarded - one for best fiction and for best nonfiction.

Entry into the Fifth Annual PenCraft Awards' competition can win you $500 and other prizes. Each of the major category winners are given a personalized framed award certificate and a digital high-resolution version of their PenCraft Award’s seal for their book or other marketing materials as well as a web-optimized graphic version of the seal for websites, blogs, and social networking sites. Best in a genre winners are given a personalized award certificate and a digital high-resolution version of their PenCraft Award’s seal for their book or other marketing materials as well as a web-optimized graphic version of the seal 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 for the 2021 competition has been slightly changed from previous years. It is:

  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 another primary consideration in selecting winning titles. The book 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 will 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.

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

The Annual "PenCraft" Award winners will be announced in early October 2021 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 2021 PenCraft Award ceremony will be held in a place to be announced or if required by Covid-19 rules - conducted as a virtual event. The event will be in late October or early November 2021. Each winner will be given a chance to make a statement 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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