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March 1, 2017


The BookLife Prize is an annual writing contest sponsored by BookLife and Publishers Weekly. The Prize seeks to support independent authors and discover great books in seven categories: Romance/Erotica; Mystery/Thriller; Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror; General Fiction; Memoir/Autobiography; YA Fiction; and Middle-Grade Fiction. The Prize is judged by PW reviewers, editors, acclaimed authors, and publishing veterans, and awards are given to finalists in each category, with a grand prize going to the most outstanding finalist. Click here to enter now.


The grand prize winner of the BookLife Prize in Fiction will receive $5,000 as well as an author profile in Publishers Weekly.  

All finalists will receive a blurb from a bestselling/award-winning author or professional editor serving as a guest judge for the contest, as well as mention in Publishers Weekly.

All entrants will receive a Critic’s Report, which includes a score as well as a brief written critical assessment of their novel by a Publishers Weekly reviewer.  (Click here to see real examples of Critic's Reports.)

"Since reaching the finals I have signed with a literary agent and been contacted by a film producer. Most importantly through the process of participating in the Prize, I got very valuable feedback on my work and broadened my author network considerably." T.J. Slee

How To Enter

If you are new to BookLife, to enter for the Prize, simply go to this page and fill out the online submission form. If you already have a BookLife profile, simply login, select or create the project you want to submit, click the "Enter Now" link in the BookLife Prize for Fiction promo box on your project page, and fill out the online submission form.  (Click here for detailed instructions on how BookLife members can enter.)

Complete Information

Click here for complete infomation about the BookLife Prize in Fiction.