The BookLife Prize in Fiction FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Enter the BookLife Prize in Fiction?
The BookLife Prize in Fiction seeks to find great novels by independent authors. As such, any and all authors can submit self-published and/or unpublished novels.
What Books Are Eligible for the BookLife Prize in Fiction?
Unpublished or self-published novels -- works for which the author has subvented the cost of the book’s publication -- are eligible for the BookLife Prize in Fiction. All submissions must correspond with one of the following six categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; YA Fiction; and Middle Grade Fiction.
What is Middle Grade Fiction?
Middle Grade Fiction is aimed at readers ages 8-12, whereas YA Fiction is aimed at readers ages 12-18.
What does "works for which the author has subvented the cost of the book’s publication" mean?
This means that the author has paid for more than half of the cost of producing, editing, and manufacturing his/her book. For the BL Prize in Fiction, marketing and PR costs do not apply to the subvention of the cost of a book's publication.
What Are the Prizes?
The grand prize winner will receive a writing stipend of $5,000, as well as an author profile in Publishers Weekly.
Semifinalists receive a blurb for their book from a bestselling or award-winning author/guest judge, as well as mention in Publishers Weekly.
All entrants will receive a brief critical assessment of their novel written by a Publishers Weekly reviewer.
Who Judges the BookLife Prize in Fiction?
The first round of the BookLife Prize in Fiction is judged by Publishers Weekly’s reviewers; the quarter-finals by the editorial staff of Publishers Weekly and BookLife; the semi-finals by a guest judge -- professional book editors and bestselling/award-winning authors -- in each of the six categories; the finals by the full panel of guest judges.
Can I Use My Critic’s Report for Marketing My Book?
Yes! While the Critic’s Report in no way constitutes a book review from Publishers Weekly, authors are welcome to use the text of their Critic’s Reports as promotional copy or as blurbs to promote their books. Please note: When attributing quotes from Critic’s Reports, authors must credit the BookLife Prize in Fiction. (Click here to see an example Critic's Report.)
Can I Enter the Same Book Year After Year?
As long as a previously submitted book did not advance to the semi-final round, it can be resubmitted in subsequent years.
Can I Enter a Collection of Short Stories or Novella or Novelette?
No. Currently, the BookLife Prize in Fiction is only open to novels.
Can I Enter a Work of Nonfiction?
No. Currently we do not offer a BookLife Prize in Nonfiction.
Can I submit an audiobook to the BL Prize in Fiction?
No. Currently we do not offer a BookLife Prize for Audiobooks.
Can I submit my book to the BL Prize in Fiction if I have already submitted it for free review consideration from PW?
Yes. The BL Prize in Fiction is a separate entity and in no way related to PW's review coverage.
Can I Track My Submission?
Yes! You can track your submission through the BookLife Project dashboard. You will also receive an email when the Critic’s Report for your submission is ready. Additionally, all submissions can be tracked through the BookLife Prize in Fiction home page.
May I Enter My Book in More Than One Category?
No. Each submission can only be entered into one of the following categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; YA Fiction; and Middle Grade Fiction.
May I Enter More Than One Submission?
Yes! Authors can enter as many novels as they like to the BookLife Prize in Fiction.
When do I submit my entire book or manuscript?
The entry period has now ended. Check out the BookLife Prize in Fiction main page for the latest news on finalists and awards.
Click here to see more information about the BookLife Prize in Fiction.