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Feathered Quill Book Awards

"It can be difficult to find honest feedback and constructive criticism when submitting one's work for review, but I knew I had found both when I found Feathered Quill. It goes without saying that it has not been an easy task to find ways to allow my novel to stand out in the crowd of thousands upon thousands of published books in the market.  Winning a book award from such a reputable organization with such a talented team as Feathered Quill will undoubtedly allow my book to shine!"

- Louis Woyak
Author of Beneath the Ruins
2022 Gold Winner in the Science Fiction Category

"I’m overwhelmed with joy to win the Feathered Quill Gold Award for my novel Nothing’s As It Seems in both the Romance and Women’s Fiction categories. I cannot say enough wonderful things about Feathered Quill Book Awards and their review program. They give you an honest breakdown of your cover, content, and editing, which is exceedingly beneficial as a writer. Being able to showcase their award seals on both my novels is an honor!"

- Holly Brandon
Author of Nothing's As It Seems
2022 Gold Medal Winner in both the Romance and Women's Fiction Categories

"Feathered Quill offers writers professional encouragement as well as critical support, its literary dedication captured in an impressive array of feedback, prizes, and proclamations.  Such are the treasures of this award-winning service.  From its inception, the mission of Feathered Quill has made good on all  its promises and endorsements."

- Jeff Turner
Author of A Rescued Soul
2022 Finalist in the Animal-Adult Category



1. Children's Picture Books (0-6 years)
(See also category 11, Children's Poetry)
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
11. NEW! Children's Poetry (children's stories written in rhyme)
12. Science Fiction
13. Fantasy


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


17. Historical (includes both non-fiction and fiction)
18. Inspirational (includes both non-fiction and fiction)
19. Religious/Spiritual (includes both non-fiction and fiction)
20. Animal - Children's and YA (includes both non-fiction and fiction)
21. Animal - Adult (any genre, book includes animal(s) as part of story)
22. Debut Author
23. Best of Backlist (all genres, 2020 or earlier publication date/not eligible for other categories)
24. Book Cover Design

Not sure what category is best for your book? Contact us at [email protected] and we'll help you determine the best category for your book.



All books with a 2023 or 2024 copyright date, written in English, are eligible. (Our "Best of Backlist" category is for all books published in 2022 or earlier.)

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

Submission of galleys are acceptable, but all such entries must 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. For submission of e-books, please contact us for instructions. Note that your file must include both front and back covers (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, 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, 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 to mail 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 768, Minneola, FL 34755. We will acknowledge receipt of your book(s) when it arrives. Note that once we have received the nominated book(s), we will not accept an updated edition/version at a later date so please be sure to send the final, edited book. 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 Wednesday, December 20, 2023.

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

Aug. 1 - Aug. 31: $75 Entry Fee

Sept. 1 - Nov. 15: $85 Entry Fee

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

$35/per additional category/genre


  • Winners will be announced on February 1, 2024.
  • 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 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.
  • Every winner will receive a signed certificate announcing their win.
  • Every winner will receive 25 beautiful embossed award seals for their books.
  • A growing list of "special awards" sponsored by various book industry professionals.  See our sponsorship page for a description of each award.
  • Winners will be announced on our blog,, our Twitter/X account, and our Facebook page,  as well as our Pinterest and Instagram pages.
  • Every winning book will have its own graphic image created to celebrate its win, and this image will be posted to our Facebook where it can easily be shared by winners to their own social media 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 - there may be one or more finalists selected for each category, depending on final scores.  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 25 beautiful, embossed finalist award seals as well as award certificates.
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