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Authors Talk About It
Book Award Contest
Your chance for more exposure & a high quality review/critique.
General Fiction Category
Overall Winner
Nonfiction Category
Overall Winner
What Makes ATAI Stand Out From Other Contests...
  •   Enter up to FOUR categories for one low entry fee: Your book's entered in either Overall Fiction or Overall Non-fiction. Then, you get to choose up to 3 more categories at NO extra fee. No one else does this!
  •   High quality critiques: As you'll see below, every entry receives a high quality written critique.
  •  Scoring Rubric and Notes: Every entry receives a private copy of the scoring rubric and a few notes for each area judged.
  •  Winners for every category and TWO Grand Prize winners: The grand prize winners include one for Overall Fiction and one for Overall Non-fiction.
  •  Finalists invited into private mastermind: It's a FREE private Facebook group in which we do monthly FB lives for the mastermind.
  •  Facebook Live Award Ceremony: There's no need to travel to attend the award ceremony - even if we have an in-person ceremony, it'll still streamed live.
  •  Accessibility: Founder, J.D. Cooper and Senior Team Member, Coral Coons remain accessible via email.
You'll get the following:
 A 250-350 word, high quality critique/"review" of your book. 

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

*Yes, you can post it in the editorial section on Amazon.
*No, we can't post a review on Amazon.

You'll receive a copy of your ATAI Scoring Rubric with a few notes from our team.

~Promotion across all of ATAI social media 

~Featured blog post on:
Authors Talk About It

~Featured in:
Authors Talk About It email blast

*Those earning a 3 star rating or less only receive a critique via email. Their critique is not posted publicly.

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 50K+ for 3 months 
  • Extra blog posts via blogs as winner 
  • Featured on sidebar through October 2019 
  • Listed on winners page as ATAI Book Award Contest 1st Place Winner 
  • Digital Badge as ATAI Book Award Contest 1st Place Winner 
  • Digital Certificate 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 2019 
  • Featured on homepage through October 2019 
  • Featured on sidebar through October 2019 
  • Extra blog posts via blogs as Grand Prize Winner 
  • Announced during award ceremony via video 
  • Interview as Grand Prize Winner 2018 
  • Listed on 2018 ATAI Winners page 
  • Badge as ATAI Book Award Contest Grand Prize Winner 2018
  • Digital Badge as ATAI Book Award Grand Prize Winner 2018 
  • Finalist invitation into private mastermind
  • Invitation into private mastermind
  • Digital Badge as ATAI Book Award Contest Finalist
  • Digital Certificate as ATAI Book Award Contest Finalist
  • Lifetime access to mastermind
  • Monthly FB live videos 
  • FREE monthly trainings shared in secret FB group
Gen. Fiction Category
Nonfiction Category
2017 Romance Category
Mystery Category
Thriller Category
Sci-fi Category
Young Adult Category
Horror Category
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
  • There is no minimum or maximum word count
  • There is no required publish date; therefore, you may enter older books as well as newer ones
  • All entries need a cover in one fashion or another. It IS an area we score.
  • Overall Fiction
    • Action/Adventure
    • Children - 5 years & under
    • Children - 5-8 years
    • Children - 9-13 years
    • Crime
    • Drama
    • Dystopian
    • Fantasy - General
    • Fantasy - Urban/Contemporary
    • Historical
    • Holiday
    • Horror
    • Humor/Satire
    • LGBT
    • Mystery - General
    • Mystery - Legal
    • Mystery - Murder
    • Paranormal
    • Pets/Animals
    • Poetry (must be full book)
    • Religious
    • Romance - General
    • Romance - Comedy
    • Romance - Historical
    • Romance - Paranormal
    • Romance - Steamy
    • Romance - Wholesome
    • Sci-Fi
    • Short Story/Novella (<40K words)
    • Spiritual/Metaphysical
    • Suspense
    • Thriller
    • War/Military
    • Western
    • Women's Contemporary
    • Young Adult Fiction
  • Overall Non-fiction
    • Biography
    • Business/Finance
    • Children/Young Adult
    • Cooking/Food
    • Education/Information
    • Health/Fitness
    • Humor/Satire
    • LGBT
    • Memoir
    • Motivational
    • Parenting/Family
    • Pets/Animals
    • Relationships
    • Religious
    • Spiritual/Metaphysical
    • Self-help
    • Sports

**ALL entries are entered in either Fiction or Non-fiction, then you get to choose up to THREE additional categories at NO additional fee.

Entry Deadline: August 31, 2018

Finalists Announced: Oct. 15, 2018

Winners Announced: Nov. 1, 2018

*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.

Print copies are acceptable as well. We'll provide you with an address to mail your print copy to.

Turn Around Time for Critiques/"Reviews"
Judging Guidelines
Number of Finalists
  • Books are assigned to an Authors Talk About It team member.  
  • The critique and overall number of stars earned via the scoring rubric (with notes) will be emailed to the author (or representative) within 4-6 weeks after submission. 
  • Ratings range from 2-5 stars.  
  • Anything less than 4 stars is only emailed to the author/rep.  Only 4 and 5 star critiques are posted and promoted. 
  • Though we do not give 1 star ratings, the critiques are honest and offer positive feedback as well as constructive criticism.
  • ALL critiques should include a summary, some drawbacks and some glowing positives of the book.

Star ratings are based on the following areas: 

  • Appearance – cover, chapter headings, images/illustrations, formatting, etc. 
  • Plot/Concept – consistent tone, clear theme, uniqueness, etc. 
  • Development – realism, smooth progression, organization, pacing, etc. 
  • Description of Scenes or Concepts – vividness, smooth transitions, scene structure, etc. 
  • Grammar/Typos/Word choice/Punctuation – 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 use the ATAI editing services, you can still enter the book award contest. Your editor will NOT be assigned your entry to critique for the contest.

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