Categories

Below is a list of the categories, genres, and special awards. Books are judged base on design and content. Please note that children’s books should only be entered into categories/genres that specifically state “children’s”.

Categories & Genres

  1. Animal & Pet
  2. Art & Photography
  3. Autobiography & Memoir
  4. Biography
  5. Mind, Body & Spirit
  6. Business & Career
  7. Children’s Picture Book (0–3 years)
  8. Children’s Picture Book (4–7 years)
  9. Young Reader (middle grade): Fiction (8–12 years)
  10. Young Reader (middle grade): Nonfiction (8–12 years)
  11. Teen (young adult): Fiction (13–18 years)
  12. Teen (young adult): Nonfiction (13–18 years)
  13. Coffee Table Book
  14. Cookbook
  15. Craft, Hobby, Home & Garden
  16. Education
  17. Gift Book (Small Format)
  18. Gift Book (Large Format)
  19. Popular Fiction
  20. Fiction: Action/Thriller
  21. Fiction: Historical
  22. Fiction: Mystery & Suspense
  23. Fiction: Romance
  24. Fiction: Science Fiction & Fantasy
  1. Finance
  2. Graphic Novels
  3. Poetry
  4. Leadership
  5. LGBTQ
  6. Health & Fitness
  7. History
  8. Humor
  9. Inspirational/Motivational
  10. Multicultural
  11. Nature & Environment
  12. Novella (Single work of fiction between 17,000 & 40,000 words.)
  13. Parenting & Family
  14. Political & Public Policy
  15. Professional & Technical
  16. Psychology
  17. Reference
  18. Regional
  19. Religion
  20. Science
  21. Self-Help
  22. Social Issues/Current Events
  23. Sports & Recreation
  24. Travel

Design Awards

  1. Fiction Cover Design: Small Format (5″ x 8″ or smaller)
  2. Fiction Cover Design: Large Format (larger than 5″ x 8″)
  3. Non-Fiction Cover Design: Small Format (5" x 8" or smaller)
  4. Non-Fiction Cover Design: Large Format (larger than 5″ x 8″)
  1. Cover Design: Children’s
  2. Interior Design: Fiction
  3. Interior Design: Non-Fiction
  4. Interior Design: Children’s

Special Awards

Legacy Awards: Open to any previously published book.

  1. Legacy Award: Fiction
  2. Legacy Award: Non-Fiction
  3. Legacy Award: Children’s/Middle Grade/Young Adult

Phoenix Awards: Open to any first book by a new author.

  1. Phoenix Award—Best New Voice: Fiction
  2. Phoenix Award—Best New Voice: Non-fiction
  3. Phoenix Award—Best New Voice: Children’s/Middle Grade/Young Adult

Global Awards: Open to any internationally published book translated to English.

  1. Global Award: Fiction
  2. Global Award: Non-Fiction
  3. Global Award: Children’s/Middle Grade/Young Adult