ABC Award

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2023 ABC AWARDS

Awesome Books for Children (ABC Award)

ABC Award Application Guidelines

The "ABC" Awards were created to highlight the classic, moral stories for children!

Let's bring back classic, fun books for kids and remove all the political agenda they face each day! 

Children's book authors that write fun, classic-style books for kids deserve to be awarded for their excellence in story telling and their focus on the child's needs instead of societal agendas. 

Submissions are open to all members of the Children's Publishing Industry--including authors, and publishers worldwide who produce children's books written in English.

Children's books range from picture books to young adult.  See categories HERE.


WHO MAY ENTER

Independent publishers & traditional publisher who publish children's books, independent and traditionally published authors throughout North America, as well as overseas publishers and authors who publish children's books intended for an English-speaking audience are eligible.  Authors are welcome to enter their books themselves--we also take nominations.  Nominations and self-submitters use the same form. 

ELIGIBILITY

Applicants are to choose the category in which they are to be judged.  

ENTRY FEES

$50/per title per category entry fee. 

For example, for 1 title and 2 categories, you would send 2 books of the same title and 2 entry fees..  For 1 title and 1 category, you would send 1 book and 1 entry fee. 

Submission for more than one category is acceptable, but each requires a fee. Per title, per category.

When entering a title into more than one category, please pay a fee and send a copy of the book for each category entered. 

Multiple entries can be sent in one shipment, and entry fees paid by check or money order can be combined into one check amount.  Acceptance of submission depends on validity of check and any check fees will be paid by the applicant.   If you pay online please enter confirmation on form and submit with book. 

Please include completed entry form or online registration receipt in the same package as the books.

Note: Due to new banking policies, we only accept personal checks from outside the United States that are drawn from a U.S. currency account and have U.S. DOLLARS permanently printed on the check or money order.   MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO: INSCRIPTIONS 

WHAT TO SEND

Send one copy of the book for each category entered with the entry for tucked inside the front cover. If you paid online, make sure to write order # on the form so we don't look for a check. For example, when you enter two categories, please send 2 books. You will have the option to upload electronic submissions after you pay online and in a confirmation email. All books entered become the physical property of Inscriptions Books and will eventually be donated to libraries and charities. We accept ebooks, too. email them to: andrea@inscriptionsbooks.com and pay online through the application process. 

Please send Audiobook entries as gifts from Libro to us at andrea@inscriptionsbooks.com

HOW WE COMMUNICATE

We will send a confirmation email upon receiving your payment and another upon receiving your books.  We send correspondence to the email address listed in your entry, as well as any judging updates, and the final results announcement. Please add these email addresses to your contacts: andrea@inscriptionsbooks.com and inscriptionsbooks@gmail.com in order to receive our updates. Please make sure contact info is the address at which you would like to receive updates and announcements.

DEADLINES

All entries must be posted online or postmarked by the final deadline of February 17, 2023.  

RESULTS ANNOUNCEMENT

One GOLD winner and one runner-up per category will be named on June 2, 2023.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

Each announced GOLD winning book will receive:

  • a packet containing:  an engraved gold medal ,a personalized ABC Gold winner certificate, and 20 embossed foil award book seals. (More seals can be re-ordered.)
  • a front page highlight on inscriptionsbooks.com
  • a free book review
  • social media congratulations posts on all inscriptions books pages (Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook)
  • an HTML winners seal for their website
  • and all winners will also be chosen for staff picks at Inscriptionsbooks.com

Runners up will receive:

  • a front page highlight on inscriptionsbooks.com
  • a free book review
  • social media congratulations posts on all inscriptions books pages (Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook),
  • an HTML winners seal for their website,
  • and all winners will also be chosen for staff picks at Inscriptionsbooks.com.  

CONTACT INFORMATION

Andrea Comparato, Awards Director 
Phone: 1-855-BOOKJOY
Email: andrea@inscriptionsbooks.com


JUDGING CRITERIA

ABC  judging is based on quality of content, originality, design, and production with an emphasis on morally, and child-friendly based content.

Our judging panel includes experts from the fields of design, editing, bookselling, reviewing, and of course, children's books.

Judges will give numerical ratings in each of these six criteria:

FIRST IMPRESSION

We look at the front, the back and the inside.  Is this appealing to the child/YA reading it?  

DESIGN

Cover design, Description, and front & back typeface – does the cover make the potential reader want to look inside?

Interior layout, typeface, illustrations – is it an easy to read format? is it appealing to the eye?

ORIGINALITY

Is this a copycat new version of an already published book or is it original and unique?

USE OF LANGUAGE

Story outline / information outline for non-fiction.  Does it flow?  Is there a professional formation of writing?  Is it grammatically correct with smooth flowing readability?

MESSAGE DELIVERY

Does the book description and cover match the actual book? Does it have depth?  Does it carry through with the description and follow through with its purpose in a moral way?

RELEVANCE

Will children love this book?  Is this a message that should be heard?  Is there anything immoral in this book that may be questionable for children?


CATEGORIES FOR SUBMISSION:

Picture Book

Children's Fiction (Age 4-7)

Children's Non-Fiction (Ages 4-7)

Middle Grade Fiction (ages 8-12)

Young Adult Non-Fiction (YA Non-Fiction) Ages 13-18


MAIL BOOKS to:

ABC Awards Director

3001 Shelley Lynn Dr

Arnold, MO 63010

TUCK THIS COMPLETED APPLICATION (PRINT HERE) INTO BOOK WITH PAYMENT, IF YOU DID NOT APPLY ONLINE.  APPLY ONLINE AND SENDING A BOOK?  TUCK IN PAID RECEIPT/APPLICATION.

 

email books to:

andrea@inscriptionsbooks.com

Have Libro?  Gift a book to:  andrea@inscriptionsbooks.com


PLEASE DO NOT CALL FOR A STATUS ON YOUR SUBMISSION.  ALL WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED FRIDAY, JUNE 2, 2023

NO REFUNDS OR ENTRY WITHDRAWALS


APPLY BELOW!


 

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