The Memorial Book Award for one of our deceased founder members is something we have been discussing for the last month, so we are proud to announce the first Stephen Memorial Award for Cats of Distinctive Character.

Oh, didn’t I mention he was furry and feline? And very much missed.

The idea behind the award is simple: to find and celebrate the most distinct cats in works of indie and small-press fiction. With cats on the rise in cozy mysteries, dramatic novels and more, the Award will go to the cat which stands out as a lead or supporting character and makes their presence felt throughout. If their personality and pawprints show on every page (and not just the muddy ones they made when they decided to sit on what you were reading), that is the book we are looking for.

We can only have one winner, but up to ten runners up will also be chosen. The Top prize is a £100 Amazon UK voucher, and a catnip mouse. The winners and runners up will all recieve an emailed certificate and web badge they may use to promote their title.

Our judges, our normal review crew, reserve the right to review books entered for bookangel whether the books win or not.

For this first year we are keeping it small, so while books can be entered throughout August, entries will close once we receive 150 books. Full rules are below

Entering the Competition:

The competition is open to:

  • Any book listed on bookangel.co.uk.
  • Any other books published since 1st January 2016 on Amazon UK or Kobo, and currently available on those sites (by authors in the US, Canada, UK and dependencies, Australia and New Zealand only).

The competition is open to entries from 12:00pm 7th August 2017 to 12:00pm 31st. August 2017 (GMT), but will accept a maximum of 150 titles, and no more than 3 books per author.

To be considered, books must:

  • Must feature a cat (with distinctive character) as a supporting or lead character.
  • Be between 500 words and 500 pages.
  • No erotica, picture books, or early readers (nothing aimed at children under 10’s), or poetry.
  • English Language only.

Entry Fees

The first entry is free, the second book entered costs £5 and the third book entered costs £10 (for a total of £15 for three books). If the book is not free on Amazon or Kobo, the entry also will be invoiced for the cost of purchase to secure copies for the judges. An invoice will be sent once your entry is received and must be paid by 31st August 12:00 PM GMT or your books will be disqualified. Payment is through Paypal or Amazon UK vouchers.
To enter, enter your name and email into the form below, along with the link (URL) to your book on AmazonUK or KoboUK.

Stephen Memorial Book Award 2017

Check here to confirm you understand and accept the rules of the competition.

*Entries will also be invoiced for the cost of the ebooks if the bbooks are not free to download on Amazon UK or Kobo. Kindle Unlimited is not applicable.


The Rules

The boring but necessary bit. This contest is meant to be a bit of fun, but there are always some people who don’t get that, so here are the rules covering it.

Entry Criteria:

  • Must feature a cat (with distinctive character) as a supporting or lead character.
  • Length: 500 words – 500 pages.
  • No erotica, children’s books, or poetry.
  • English Language only.
  • No more than three books per author.

This contest is open to any book that has been listed on Bookangel.co.uk or books that were not but have been published after 1st January 2016. Entries are not permitted for books written or published by friends or family of the judges, or by Ragged Angel Ltd due to its I.T. association with the site.

Entry Fees:

  • First book – free
  • Second book – £5
  • Third book – £10 (total £15)

Plus cost of book, if the book is not free*. Payment may be through Paypal or Amazon.co.uk vouchers (We can’t take Amazon.com vouchers). Books must be available (not in pre-order) on Amazon or Kobo UK, which is where review copies will be taken from. Entries and Payment must be received by 31st August 2017 12:00pm GMT. No late entries will be accepted.

*Kindle Unlimited discounts are not free.

Prizes:
Winner:

  • £100 voucher for Amazon UK
  • Catnip mouse
  • Online (printable) certificate
  • Web badge

Runners up:

  • Online printable certificate
  • Web Badge

Judges: Our normal reviewers.

Judging criteria:
Initial sorting will be done by:

  • Formatting
  • Spelling and Grammar (British preferred, American or International acceptable as long as it is consistent throughout)
  • Cover
  • Distinctiveness of cat.

The final decision will be made by the judges.

Entry Period:

  • 7th August – 31st August (or when 150 entries are received) starting and ending at 12:00 GMT
  • This contest is open to a maximum 150 books, and entries will close early if this number is reached.
  • Winner Announced – 1st October 12:00 pm GMT.

Notes:

  • Any funds received will be use to cover the competition running costs and purchasing entry copies. Any surplus will go into the fund for running the bookangel.co.uk site, and getting books for review.
  • We may review books we get as part of the promotion on Bookangel for our site and newsletter.
  • All decisions are final and the judge’s decision is not open to debate.
  • Abusing reviewers results in instant disqualification.
  • No correspondence will be entered into.
  • There is no cash, credit or other alternative to the prizes offered.
  • This contest will be governed by the laws of the United Kingdom.
  • We reserve the right to update these rules, Terms, and Conditions for this competition without notice should we deem it necessary.

Privacy: Your data will not be used for any purpose outside this competition, and will not be transfered to third parties.


Discussion

tirial (7 August 2017)
It's technically not open until 12:00 today, but we've already had 6 entries. We won't start processing them until tonight.

Tregaron (7 August 2017)
I have seen the entries, and I have to ask about the position on were-cats? I would suggest that as they are mainly human instead of cats* and have human not feline base characters they would be ranked below an actual cat in the awards. *Unless they are like Greebo, of course, who should probably win outright, were he not disqualified by publication times.

Guest Posts (7 August 2017)
Name: David Leonhardt Website: *Hire ghostwriters & professional writers THGM Writing Services* This is such a cool idea. I want an honorary mention for my blog post, "If cats could write epic novels": *If cats could write epic novels*

Jordan (7 August 2017)
This sounds like a great idea. I'm a sucker for books that feature cats as characters, so I look forward to a list. Also, if I had the power to create an award in honor of my departed, but still dear Sylvester, I would absolutely do it.

C. Lee McKenzie (8 August 2017)
*Book Award for Distinctive Cats 2017 **http://bookangel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/2017-bookaward.jpg** The Memorial Book Award for one of our deceased founder members is something we have been discussing for the last month, so we are proud to announce the first Stephen Memorial Award for Cats of Distinctive Character. Oh, didnt I mention he was furry and feline? And very much missed. The idea behind the award * *Continue reading...** The Insecure Writers Support Group is going to send this out to its members. This sounds like a purrfect way to celebrate one of your founders and to have a shot at publication. Besides, who doesn't enjoy a good cat story?

Bookangel (9 August 2017)
Thank you very much indeed!

Angel (9 August 2017)
Oh well, I guess I know what I will be doing this Septmeber then. At least I can enjoy this piece of work.

jessica (11 August 2017)
Can I ask an author to submit::ninja::? I'm not a judge & I won't say who to dodge bias. Their book is a great fit.

Terry (11 August 2017)
*Can I ask an author to submit::ninja::? I'm not a judge & I won't say who to dodge bias. Their book is a great fit.* I've nudged a couple of authors about the award, as long as the judges don't know who, I don't think there will be any bias. Also, its only authors who have agreed in the past to be contacted.

Reader (14 August 2017)
I believe we have a small problem. We have a lot of books submitted (and even paid for), including some gems, but several books have no distinctive cats and some have no cats at all. After contacting the authors, once we had read the books, we learned some authors would willing pay to enter their book in the competition in the hope of a review, even when they know there is no cat in it and they won't win, or even qualify. I'm not sure we are going to have enough qualifying books to get ten runners up at this point, despite the fact we may go over the 150 entrants. Could someone please put out a call for cat books?

Guest Posts (18 August 2017)
Name: Nancy Lynn Jarvis You said it was OK to enter even though Harry, who appears in all the books in the series, is not a major player in the book.

CatInASuit (19 August 2017)
*Name: Nancy Lynn Jarvis You said it was OK to enter even though Harry, who appears in all the books in the series, is not a major player in the book.* As long as the cat is distinctive - it's acceptable.

Books Bits 'n Bobs (19 August 2017)
How many submissions have there been so far? It sounds like there's been a good turnout. It's getting rather exciting and I can't wait to see who will win.

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