At the 2013 National Black Book
Festival an author will be presented with the coveted 3nd Annual Best
New Author Award. The award will be presented at the Festival's
Welcome to Houston Reception on October 24, 2013. This award will be bestowed
upon the new author who exhibits superior writing skills and has
developed a significant audience based upon online book sales.
2013 Best New Author Grand Prize
The grand prize for the award includes the following:
- Free travel arrangements to
the Festival, including airfare and hotel, paid for by NBBF
- An award plaque indicating
2013 NBBF Best New Author, presented at the Thursday evening
reception (ticket purchase required for attendees)
- Special guest featured
author appearance on Friday, October 25, with a specified two-hour
signing time in the morning
- Live, on-site radio
interview at 2013 NBBF
- Photo in 2013 NBBF newspaper
Criteria for Award
Consideration for 2013
Following are the criteria for award consideration:
- Author's debut book (first
published book of any kind) must have a verifiable release date of 2011, 2012
or 2013. Debut book may be of any genre or category.
Release date of debut book will be verified by our research staff.
Please do NOT submit an essay if your debut book (first published
book) has a release date prior to 2011.
- Author's debut book must be
a perfect-bound (paperback or hardcover) book OR an e-book of at
least 75 pages. Spiral bound
journals, workbooks, booklets, pamphlets or any work that is not a
perfect-bound book OR e-book will not be considered. Authors of
e-books are allowed in the competition, as long as their
books are at least 75 pages. The e-book must be available for
sale online and must be verifiable. The book must
already be published at the time that the essay is submitted.
- For self-published books
that are subsequently picked up by a major publisher, the release
date of the latter book is the one that should be used for
qualification purposes. For example, if a book was
self-published in 2010, but was picked up by a major publisher and
re-released in 2012, the 2012 date would qualify the author to enter
the award process, IF the book is his/her debut book.
- Author must be a legal
citizen of the United States and reside in the contiguous 48
- Author must be able to
travel and attendance at the Festival to accept the award is
- Since only one author can
win the award, books with co-authors are not eligible for
- The following individuals
are NOT eligible to be nominated: NBBF employees, affiliates,
directors, partners or steering committee members; authors who have
been semi-finalists or finalists from a previous NBBF Best New
Author Award competition.
- Author must be at least 18
years of age
must be self-nominated and adhere to the following
- Nominations will be accepted
from February 1 to May 31, 2013.
- Information must be
submitted all together and at once via e-mail. Information
will NOT be accepted in piecemeal fashion.
- Author must submit the
following information via e-mail at one time, in one document or
file: 1) A 200-word essay titled, "Why I Became A Writer."
2) Title, publisher and official release date of debut book. 3)
Contact information, including author's name, address, phone number
and e-mail address. Essay should be between 175 and 200 words,
not to exceed 200 words.
- Information must be
submitted via e-mail in a Microsoft Word format, as an attached
file, to the following e-mail address:
Award Judging Process
Award nominations process will be as follows:
- All submissions will be read
by the selection committee and assessed based upon content, overall
presentation, grammar and punctuation, and writing skills. The
twenty (20) most outstanding essays will be determined. Thus,
the most important part of the award process is the essay submission
portion. This list of twenty (20) authors will be the
semi-finalists. The semi-finalists will be announced on
June 30, 2013.
- Next, from the list of
semi-finalists, the ten (10) authors with the highest level of
online sales from any or all of their books, as shown on three book
selling sites (e.g., Amazon.com, BN.com and Cushcity.com), will be
determined. This list of ten (10) authors will be the
finalists and the list of finalists will be announced no later
than July 20, 2013.
- A panel of ten (10) book
clubs will be selected at random to assess the finalists' essays.
The clubs will rank the essays and will select the 1st, 2nd and 3rd
choices for winner. The clubs' rankings will be compiled and
the winner of the Best New Author Award will be selected on that
basis. The winner will be announced no later than August
If there are any questions about
the award or the award process, please send them via e-mail to
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