The 2021 Best Thrillers Book Award Contest Rules.

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Best Thrillers Book Award

Who is eligible? 

Any English-language mystery or thriller published in 2020 or 2021 is eligible. If your book is not yet published, pre-published manuscripts targeting a release prior to December 31, 2021 will be accepted. Authors must be at least 18 years old to enter. 

Am I eligible if I already have a publisher?

Yes. The lines between independent publishing, self-publishing and traditional publishing have been significantly blurred in recent years. The result is that many authors with a traditional publisher receive virtually no marketing support for their books and desperately need the exposure that awards can give them. Therefore, we are pleased to invite all authors to enter.

What if my book is not published yet?

Unpublished manuscripts at the time of entry are eligible so long as your stated target publication date is on or before December 31 2021.

Are there any restrictions regarding content, profanity or subject matter? 

No. There are no restrictions.

What can I win? 

The 2021 Book of the Year winner will receive:

- $1,000 in cash payable by electronic transfer prior to December 1, 2021

-A winner's gold-and-black seal for their book cover and website. This will be sent electronically. 

-Inclusion in a press release announcing the winners 

-A blog post on BestThrillers.com featuring the book

-Inclusion as a winner in a BestThrillers.com weekly email prior to December 31, 2021

15 category winners will receive:

-A winner's gold-and-black seal for their book cover and/or website. This will be sent electronically. 

-Inclusion in a press release announcing the winners 

-Inclusion as a winner in a BestThrillers.com weekly email prior to December 31, 2021

30 category finalists will receive:

-A silver-and-black seal for their book cover and/or website.

-A one-sentence quote from Bestthrillers.com for use in promoting the book prior to December 1, 2021.

What do I need to submit? 

Authors must submit: 

-A valid email address where they can be contacted.

-A PDF of their book. 

-A brief story synopsis

-A publication date or planned future publication date.

-A book cover (optional)

-Payment

No physical copies will be accepted. All submissions are electronic.

When can I enter? 

Entries can be submitted between January 5 and September 30, 2021. 

What does it cost to enter? 

Yes. Early entry (January 5-May 31 2020) is $75 per category. 

Entries received between June 1-September 30 will be $95 per category.

Is there an additional fee for the award seal? 

No. Unlike other book awards, we do not charge an additional fee for use of the winner or finalist seal.

Can I enter in multiple categories? 

Yes. Because entries are routed to judges specializing in certain categories, you must submit and pay for each category separately to ensure that your book gets to the right editor. 

What are the contest categories? 

The official contest categories are as follows:

-Action Thriller

-Conspiracy Thriller

-Crime Thriller 

-Historical Thriller 

-Horror

-Legal Thriller 

-Medical Thriller 

-Military Thriller 

-Mystery 

-Paranormal Thriller 

-Political Thriller

-Psychological Thriller 

-Romantic Suspense 

-Sci-Fi Thriller

-Spy Thriller

BestThrillers.com understands that no book fits neatly within a single category. Further, BestThrillers.com acknowledges that no definitive definition of any particular category exists. By entering, contestants agree that BestThrillers.com reserves the right in its sole and absolutely discretion to interpret the category definitions as needed. 

What about publication rights? 

BestThrillers.com retains no reprint rights to submitted novels whatsoever. All publication rights remain with the author or publishing house. BestThrillers.com will not publish, sell or otherwise distribute the contents of author books. However, BestThrillers.com may describe and promote winning books without compensation to contestants of any kind. This includes usage of public or submitted book covers, author names, quotes from the material, links where it may be purchased, and more.

By entering the contest, contestants agree that book titles and surrounding information, including the stated author names, book summaries, genres, opinions from BestThrillers.com staff and other relevant descriptions of the book will be included in the subsequent press release, on BestThrillers.com and potentially elsewhere. By submitting Materials to BestThrillers.com, contestants waive any privacy expectations with respect to the submitted materials.

When will finalists and winners be notified? 

Winners and finalists will be notified by November 6, 2021.

Will I received notification if I did not win? 

No. However, we will notify winners and finalists by November 6, 2021. A full list of winners and finalists will be made public by December 31, 2021.

Who will do the judging? 

Staff reviewers from BestThrillers.com and hand-selected publishing professionals will determine the finalists and winners. Evaluation will be judged entirely in the sole and absolute discretion of BestThrillers.com. Decisions by the judging panel are final.

What if I win or am a finalist and cannot be contacted? 

All winners will be notified by using the email address provided to BestThrillers.com when they initially entered the contest. The Book of the Year Winner must respond within 10 business days to collect the $1,000 prize. Failure to respond within the time frame listed above shall mean that the provisional winner forfeits the prize, and it will be awarded to another winner. 

By entering the contest, contestants agree that their books, including the stated author names, will be included in the subsequent press release and on BestThrillers.com if they are chosen.

Can I edit or approve the content describing my winning book on BestThrillers.com? 

No. By entering the contest, contestants agree that book titles and surrounding information, including the stated author names, book summaries, genres, opinions from BestThrillers.com staff and others will be included in the subsequent press release, on BestThrillers.com and potentially elsewhere. By submitting Materials to BestThrillers.com, contestants waive any privacy expectations that you may have with respect to the submitted materials.

BestThrillers.com will not publish, sell or otherwise distribute the contents of author books. However, BestThrillers.com may describe and promote winning books without compensation to contestants of any kind. This includes usage of public or submitted book covers, author names, quotes from the material, links where it may be purchased, and more.

What other rules should I know about? 

By entering, contestants acknowledge agree to hold BestThrillers.com and its officers, directors, employees, agents, successors, and assigns harmless from and against—and hereby waive any right to pursue—any claims of any nature arising in connection with usage of submitted materials. 

BestThrillers.com reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to terminate any contest at any time without prior notice. 

BestThrillers.com reserves the right in its sole and absolute discretion to alter any contest details or terms and these Contest Rules at any time.

By entering a contest, contestants are deemed to have agreed to be bound by these contest rules and terms and conditions as well as by any rules specific to such contest. This is an irrevocable condition of entry.