Get Your Book Seen By More Readers
2017 Deadline has passed. Enter the 2018 contest now!
Authors Talk About It
Book Award Contest
Your chance for more exposure & a high quality review.

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Brian McKinley

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AC Burch

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Sharlin Craig
You'll get the following:
 A 250-350 word, high quality review/critique of your book. 

*Use or post your whole (or a quote from) review/critique wherever you like simply by adding “Originally critiqued by a member of the Authors Talk About It team.”

~Promotion across all of ATAI social media
40K+ followers 

~Featured blog post on:
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*Those earning less than a 3 star rating only receive a critique via email. They are are not promoted.
Digital ATAI Badge
Books earning 4-5 Stars receive a digital ATAI Badge, which can be used anywhere.
Category First Prizes
$1697 Value
Grand Prize
$3997 Value
All Finalists Receive
$997 Value
  • Promotion across our combined social media of 40K+ for 3 months 
  • Extra blog posts via blogs as winner 
  • HeadTalker created to promote winner 
  • Featured on sidebar through January 2018 
  • Listed on winners page as ATAI Book Award Contest 1st Place Winner 
  • Badge as ATAI Book Award Contest 1st Place Winner 
  • Announced during ceremony via video 
  • Finalist invitation into private mastermind
  • Author VIP Day with Rob and Janelle (virtually or in-person) 
  • Promotion across our combined social media of 50K+ throughout 2018 
  • Featured on homepage throughout 2018 
  • Featured on sidebar through all of 2018 
  • Extra blog posts via blogs as Grand Prize Winner 
  • HeadTalker created to promote Grand Prize Winner 
  • Announced during award ceremony via video 
  • Interview as Grand Prize Winner 2017 
  • Listed on 2017 ATAI Winners page 
  • Badge as ATAI Book Award Contest Grand Prize Winner 2017 
  • Finalist invitation into private mastermind
  • Invitation into private mastermind
  • Lifetime access to mastermind
  • Monthly FB live videos 
  • FREE monthly trainings shared in secret FB group
ATAI Book Award Contest Rules
Can Enter
Deadline &
Submission Details
  • Authors 18 years of age or older
  • Published book, unpublished books, manuscripts and ebooks are accepted
  • General Fiction
  • Romance
  • Mystery
  • Thriller
  • Sci-fi
  • Paranormal
  • Horror
  • General Children's
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Non-Fiction

**Enter up to 3 categories. Just $10 per extra category. You'll receive one contest critique/review, but be entered in the additional categories as well.

Entry Deadline: Sept. 30, 2017

Finalists Announced: Oct. 15, 2017

Winners Announced: Nov. 1, 2017

*Finalists and winners notified via email and Facebook Live video

Upon payment, you'll be given details as to where you'll email the .pdf, .mobi, .docx file or Kindle gift.

Only digital versions of your book are accepted.  We no longer accept print copies via mail.

Turn Around Time for Review/Critiques
Judging Guidelines
Number of Finalists
  • Books are assigned to an Authors Talk About It team member.  
  • The critique/review overall number of stars earned will be emailed to the author (or representative) within 4-6 weeks after submission. 
  • Ratings range from 2-5 stars.  
  • Anything less than 3 stars is only emailed to the author/rep.  It is not promoted. 
  • Though we do not give 1 star ratings, the reviews are honest and offer positive feedback as well as constructive criticism.

Star ratings are based on the following areas: 

  • Appearance – cover, chapter headings, images/illustrations, etc. 
  • Plot/Concept – consistent tone, clear theme, etc. 
  • Development – realism, smooth progression, organization, pacing, etc. 
  • Description of Scenes or Concepts – vividness, smooth transitions, scene structure, etc. 
  • Grammar/Typos – well-written or numerous errors 
  • Target Fit – good fit for the target audience Overall – an average of the above 6 areas
  • The staff of Authors Talk About It will select three finalists for each category.  
  • They will then make a final decision on winners after comparing the ratings in the six main areas and the overall ratings.  
  • *If, for any reason, there is only one entry in a category, that does not guarantee a first place win.  
  • The author must earn his/her win by writing a high quality book.  
  • All rating areas are looked at before a decision is made.

**If you have an in depth beta read/critique done by the Authors Talk About It team, you may still enter your book into the contest.  However, if you’ve already entered it into  a particular contest, you must wait until the following year to resubmit it to that contest.  On the other hand, you may enter it into a genre specific contest (or the overall contest if you have not done so yet).

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