2017 Great Midwest Book Festival
CHICAGO _The 2017 Great Midwest Book Festival has issued a call for entries for its program celebrating the best books of the winter.
The Great Midwest Book Festival will consider published and unpublished
works in fiction, non-fiction, biography/autobiography, how-to,
compilations/anthologies, photography/art, children’s, cookbooks,
poetry, spiritual, young adult, business/technology, unpublished
manuscripts, wild card (anything goes!), nature/animals, science fiction
and regional lit. There is no date of publication restriction, but all
entries must be in English or Spanish.
Our grand prize for the 2017 Great Midwest Book Festival winner is a
$1000 appearance fee and a flight to our awards ceremony in Chicago,
this November exact date TBD.
Submitted works will be judged by a panel using the following
- General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good
- The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.
ENTRIES: Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate
fee for each book, although multiple entries may be sent in the same
package. Just make sure each entry has a separate entry form.
E-book entries are welcome. You can enter an e-book in three ways:
- Send as a .pdf to our e-mail address labeled as “2017 E-book
Entry” in the subject line. Please attach copies of your PayPal
receipt and entry form to the email.
Click here to use our
“Book Uploader” to send a copy of your work. We accept most
e-book formats. Then send an e-mail to us labeled as “2017 E-Book
Entry” with PayPal receipt and entry form attached.
- Send us a Kindle copy as a gift. Send an e-mail to us indicating
that you’ve sent the book, attaching your PayPal receipt and entry
*** Please Note: After uploading your book, you must send an
e-mail to us with your entry form and PayPal receipt attached.
line must read: 2017 E-book Entry. Failure to do so may disqualify you.
In addition to honoring the top selections in the above categories,
The Great Midwest Book Festival will award the following chosen from
- Author of the Year- Honors the outstanding book of the
- Book Design of the Year - Honors outstanding and innovative
- Publisher of the Year- Honors the top publisher based on
materials displaying excellence in marketing and promotional
materials, as determined by our judges.
FESTIVAL RULES: The Great Midwest Book Festival submissions cannot
be returned. Each entry package must contain the official entry form,
including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping
and handling costs must be borne by entrants.
NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the
receipt of their package via email and will announce the winning entries
on our web site. Because of the anticipated high volume of entries, we
can only respond via email to inquiries.
Regular registration submissions in each category must be received by
the close of business on October 25, 2017. Please note that judges read
and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries
with later submissions. Many late entries have won our competitions.
TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at
greatmidwestbookfestival.com or may be faxed/emailed to you. Please
contact our office at 323-665-8080 for fax requests. Applications must
be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $50 in the form of a
check, money order or PayPal online payment in U.S. dollars for each
submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be
accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.
Entry fee checks should be made payable to JM Northern Media LLC. We're
sorry, but entries must be mailed and cannot be delivered in person or
by messenger services to the JM Northern Media offices.
Entry packages MUST include:
- One copy of the book
- A copy of your official entry form
- PayPal receipt or check/money order
- Any press/publicity kit (optional)
Please mail package to:
JM Northern Media
The Great Midwest Book Festival
7095 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 864
Hollywood, CA 90028
You will receive a confirmation email when your package is logged into
our system and entered into judging.