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Winners and Distinguished Favorites get National Media & Industry Exposure!


As a Winner or Distinguished Favorite, promote your award on all your marketing materials.  We provide an easy to download banner to promote your winner status.  In addition, you can purchase gold or silver foil embossed seals to put on each book you have already printed.  Lastly, we offer customized promotion to help get additional exposure to key book buying audiences.  Books recognized as a Winner or Distinguished Favorite of the New York City Big Book Award® is a celebrated honor given by industry experts, and you'll want everyone to know!


Books Eligible

  • Any book submitted is subject to eligibility of the New York City Big Book Award® selection committee.

  • Books must be in final published print form (sorry, currently no eBooks, galleys or advanced reading copies).

  • Audiobooks are the exception, and can be accepted digitally (include a corresponding code (Audible or Authors Direct please) for access or mail a CD).

  • Currently, we are requesting the year of publication within the past 3 years for books submitted.

  • All titles must have an ISBN or Amazon's ASIN or related universal product code.

  • Please send one printed book PER category entered up to a maximum of four books for more than four categories.  Books can be sent directly from Amazon, or other retailer, under separate cover, but we strongly recommend that you complete the online application and online payment so the book can be sent by itself.  No paperwork required for online submissions.

  • One submission form can be used for multiple categories, but each book must accompany a copy of the submission form if entering by mail.

  • We reserve the right to move books into another category if it seems appropriate. 

  • NYC Big Book Award® is open to all English language books that are available for sale wherever good books are sold both online and in bookstores.  

  • This award is for ALL books and audiobooks from any classification of author and publisher. 

Book Submissions

  • Book submissions are to be mailed to NYC Big Book Award, 63 Clinton Road, Glen Ridge, NJ 07028.  Our telephone number is (973) 969-1899.

  • Book submissions must be received by the published deadline to be considered, and any book received after deadline will be automatically considered for the next year's judging process.  

  • Book submissions cannot be returned. Each book entry should contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number.

New York City Big Book Award® Refund Policy

All sales are final. There are no refunds. Only appropriate submissions will be eligible to enter the contest.  New York City Big Book Award® therefore reserves the right to refuse any material for any reason.

Notifications and Deadlines of Winners and Distinguished Favorites 

Winners and Distinguished Favorites in each category will be notified by e-mail.

Thank you for applying to the New York City Big Book Award®!


$99.00 per book entry/per category, then $79 for each additional category per title

  • All monies must be in U.S. Dollars

  • Send one copy of the book per category up to four books 

  • Write all the categories in which you submit on one submission form

  • Be sure to copy the submission form and put it in each book you submit in each category

  • IF you submit online and choose to have books sent from a third party (Amazon, etc), no paperwork required.

  • All titles must be published books and available for sale.

  • Winners and Distinguished Favorites will be notified by October, perfect time for book buying.

  • We are on a rolling submission process, with March 30, 2023 as the next deadline for the 2023 program.

  • All submissions are final. 

  • There are no refunds.

All international checks or money orders must have “USD” or “US Dollar” pre-printed on the check/money order.  

Please include proof of PayPal or check with your entry submission.

Please make checks payable to: “New York City Big Book Award” and mail to:

NYC Big Book Award

63 Clinton Road

Glen Ridge, NJ  07028

To pay by credit card, use PayPal below or mail your check or money order (U.S.) with your book submission.​

Go to the Categories page, or click on link here to view the:


Pay by Check or using PayPal Online: Please use this form New York City Big Book Award Annual Online Entry Form and Online payment

OR Pay by Check - Offline:  Please use this form:  New York City Big Book Annual Entry Form - to be mailed with payment.


Winners and
Distinguished Favorites
will be listed in our 2023 magazine.
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