The Pros and Cons of Contests

September 2008
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The Pros and Cons of Contests

Earlier this year, a member of Book Publishers Northwest asked, “Which contests make sense to enter? How much should I spend on contest entries? Are some contests more valuable than others to a publisher? Should we hold a contest?”

BPNW sent these questions out to the PMA Affiliates group and received thoughtful responses. Thanks to Rosemary Jones, who edited them for the BPNW blog, and to the group she calls “the incredible Affiliates mailing list,” several of them appear here. For full-length articles on this topic, see “The Rewards of Awards, Part 1: Submissions and Scams” and “How to Turn Even a Minor Award into Major Sales” in the January and February issues of the Independent (available online at

Awards Carry Weight

From the National Book Awards to independent publishing awards like the Ben Franklin Awards, the ForeWord Magazine Awards, Independent Publisher Magazine’s Ippy Awards, the Pushcart Prize, and regional awards such as our state’s New Mexico Book Awards, many book awards are highly respected within the industry.

Never mind that all these awards have cash entry fees; such programs require an enormous amount of organization and admini…IBPA Members – Click here to view the full article (login required).

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