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October 1, 2016

The entry period has now ended.

Check out the BookLife Prize in Fiction main page for the latest news on finalists and awards.


The BookLife Prize in Fiction is an annual writing contest sponsored by BookLife and Publishers Weekly. The Prize seeks to support independent authors and discover great works of fiction in six categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; YA Fiction; and Middle Grade Fiction. The Prize is judged by PW reviewers, editors, acclaimed authors, and publishing veterans, and awards are given to finalists in each category, with a grand prize going to the most outstanding finalist.


The grand prize winner of the BookLife Prize in Fiction will receive $5,000 as well as an author profile in Publishers Weekly.  

All finalists will receive a blurb from a bestselling/award-winning author or professional editor serving as a guest judge for the contest, as well as mention in Publishers Weekly.

All entrants will receive a Critic’s Report, which includes a score as well as a brief written critical assessment of their novel by a Publishers Weekly reviewer.  (Click here to see real examples of Critic's Reports.)

Complete Information

Click here for complete infomation about the BookLife Prize in Fiction.