LONDON/July 31, 2013–The 2013 London Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual awards honoring the best of international publishing.
The 2013 London Book Festival will consider books in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian in the competition. The works may be published, self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children's books, poetry, art/photography, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, comics/graphic novels, e-books, wild card (anything goes!), science fiction, romance and biography/autobiographical works. Works published after January 1, 2010 are eligible.
A panel of judges will determine the winners based on the following criteria:
1) The story-telling ability of the author;
2) The potential of the work to win wider recognition from the international publishing community.
Our grand prize for the 2013 London Book Festival Author of the Year is a $1500 appearance fee in U.S. funds and a flight from your city of entry to our awards ceremony, to be held in January, 2014 in London at the British Library.
Last year's grand prize winner, "The Long and Whining Road," reached No. 5 in the Amazon Bestsellers travel section, garnering five stars and 1,000 downloads per month. Author Simeon Courtie and family, whose adventures are chronicled in the book, will be touring U.K. book and VW festivals this summer. He continues to broadcast on BBC radio.
ENTRIES: Please classify your book and enter it in the following categories. Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate fee for each book.
1) General Non-fiction
2) General Fiction
3) Children's books
5) Comics/graphic novels
6) Wild Card
8) Science fiction
11) Audio/spoken word
FESTIVAL RULES: London Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain a print-out of the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.
NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the receipt of their package via e-mail and will announce the winning entries at the LondonBookFestival.com web site.
Regular registration deadline submissions in each category must be received by the close of business on November 25, 2013. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail and the results posted on the site. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions.
TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at http://www.londonbookfestival.com or may be faxed/e-mailed to you by calling our office at 323-665-8080. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee via check, money order, credit card payment or PayPal online payment of $50 in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee. Entry fee checks should be made payable to JM Northern Media LLC.
Entry packages should include one copy of the book; a copy of your official entry form; the entry fee or receipt from online payment; and any relevant marketing materials, i.e., press kits or other material that illuminates the background of your book. Entries should be mailed to:
JM Northern Media LLC
The London Book Festival
7095 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 864
Hollywood, CA 90028, USA
AWARDS: The London Book Festival selection committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project.