Feathered Quill Book Awards

"With thousands of new books published every day, awards are more important than ever, but not all awards are equally valuable. The Feathered Quill Awards stand out for their professionalism and high standards..."

- Helena P. Schrader
Author of Envoy of Jerusalem
2017 Gold Winner in the Best Religious/Spiritual Category

"It is an honor for me to be able to add the Feathered Quill Bronze Seal to Penned Without Ink: Trusting God to Write Your Story. All along the way, from submitting my book until receiving my lovely certificate and seals, I have been grateful for the positive communication and guidance..."

- Sarah Lynn Phillips
Author of 2017 Bronze Winner in the Best Inspirational Category

"I consider your site to be one of the few where it is a challenge to gain an award. Many sites offer, sometimes, a hundred categories, which is a bit crowded in my opinion."

- Michael Kasenow
Author of Something's Bound to Happen
2017 Gold Winner in the Best Poetry Category



1. Children's Picture Books (0-6 years)
2. Children's Early Readers (6-8 years)
3. Young Readers (8-12 years)
4. Teen (13-18 years)


5. Adult Fiction (General)
6. Women's Fiction
7. Romance
8. Mystery/Thriller/Suspense/Horror
9. Short Story/Anthology
10. Poetry (also eligible for this category are children's stories written in rhyme)
11. Science Fiction
12. Fantasy


13. Memoir/Biography
14. Self-Help
15. Informational (includes Business, Parenting, Sports, and Cookbooks)


16. Historical (includes both non-fiction and fiction)
17. Inspirational (includes both non-fiction and fiction)
18. Religious/Spiritual (includes both non-fiction and fiction)
19. Animal - Children's and YA (includes both non-fiction and fiction)
20. Animal - Adult (includes both non-fiction and fiction)
21. Debut Author
22. Best of Backlist (all genres, 2019 or earlier publication date/not eligible for other categories)
23. Book Cover Design (both front and back covers are judged)

- See Nomination Form for a list of additional "Special" Awards!

Not sure what category is best for your book? Contact us at info@featheredquill.com and we'll help you determine the best category for your book.



All books with a 2020 or 2021 copyright date, written in English, are eligible. (Our "Backlist" category is for all books published in 2019 or earlier.)

Books may be entered into more than one category (see pricing for additional information).

Submission of galleys are acceptable, but we strongly encourage all such entries to include front and back covers, as well as be in final layout form. Since these are aspects that are included in the judging process, to not include them will put your book at a disadvantage. While e-books are eligible, you must submit a printed copy with front and back covers for judging. (Books without covers will be at a disadvantage because both covers are judged/scored and not having covers scored will drop your book's overall score.) At this time we are not accepting audio books for our award program.


The judging panel is comprised of professionals: authors, reviewers, editors, and publicists who are active in the literary community. In the extremely competitive book world, the Feathered Quill judges know what makes a TOP-PICK. Judging criteria include, but are not limited to:

Originality, Ability to Engage the Reader, Cover Art, Interior Illustrations (particularly in the children's division), Layout and Design, Production Quality, Editorial Quality (polish, grammar, etc.), and How Well the Book Fits into the Intended Genre

Submission Process

Fill out the online submission form. Be sure to print out two copies of the submission form - one for your records and one that will be mailed to us with your book(s). You can either pay online or mail a check with your book(s). Please make checks payable to: Feathered Quill Book Reviews. (All checks must be from US banks. For international submissions, please use our online/paypal form.) Please send one copy of each nominated book per category and mail to us at: Attn: Awards Committee, Feathered Quill Book Reviews, PO Box 304, Goshen, MA 01032. We will acknowledge receipt of your book(s) when it arrives. All submitted books become the property of Feathered Quill Book Reviews and will not be returned. Nominated books must arrive at our office no later than Saturday, December 18, 2021.

Remember, books may be entered into more than one category/genre (see pricing for additional information).

Nov. 16 - Dec. 15: $95 Entry Fee

$35/per additional category/genre


  • Winners will be announced on February 1, 2022.
  • There will be one first place/gold winner per category as well as a 2nd place/silver and 3rd place/bronze winner in each category.
  • Every winning author (all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in every category) will be given a free page listing in the "Meet the Authors" section of our website.
  • Every winning book (all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in every category) will be given a free one week listing on the running "ticker-tape" banner on our high-traffic main page.  The book's image will be linked to the website of your choice (Amazon page, author page, etc.).
  • Every winner will receive a signed certificate announcing their win.
  • Every winner will receive 25 beautiful embossed award seals for their books.
  • Every winner will receive "judges' comments" that they may use for marketing/promotion. Entrants who do not place may also receive a "judges' comments" critique. Note that these will not automatically be sent to entrants but will be supplied upon email request (send email to info@featheredquill.com).
  • A growing list of "special awards" sponsored by various book industry professionals.  See our nomination page for a description of each award.
  • Winners will be announced on our blog, FeatheredQuillBlog.com, our Twitter account, and our Facebook page. Every winning book will be posted to our Pinterest and Instagram pages.
  • Winners will be added to the Feathered Quill Book Award Winners List on Goodreads.
  • If your book has been reviewed by Feathered Quill, we will add our award logo to your book's review page.
  • A press release will be sent to news agencies announcing the winners.
  • Finalists in each category - at the judges' discretion, there may be one or more finalists selected for each category.  These are books that came very closing to placing in the top three and just missed out by a few points and definitely deserve mention as outstanding books. Authors of these books will receive a "Meet the Authors" biography page.
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