HOLLYWOOD _ The 2017 Holiday Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its competition honoring the best books of the holiday season.

The Holiday Book Festival will consider published and unpublished works in the following categories: fiction, non-fiction, romance, biography/autobiography, how-to, compilations/anthologies, photography/art, children’s, cookbooks, poetry, spiritual/religious, young adult, unpublished manuscripts, wild card (anything goes!), Christmas, Santa Claus, Hannukah, Kwanzaa, and Thanksgiving.

There is no date of publication restriction, but all entries must be in English.

Our grand prize for the 2017 Holiday Book Festival winner is $500 cash and a flight to our awards ceremony in Hollywood, to be held on July, 2017 in conjunction with the Hollywood Book Festival.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel using the following criteria: 

  1. General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story.
  2. The potential of the work to reach a wider audience.


Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate fee for each book, although you can package multiple entries together. Just make sure each entry has a separate entry form.

E-book entries are welcome and should be sent as a .pdf to our email address labled as “2017 Ebook Entry” in the subject line. Please attach your PayPal receipt and entry form to the email.

In addition to honoring the top selections in the above categories, the Holiday Book Festival will award the following chosen from submissions:

  1. Author of the Year- Honors the outstanding book of the competition.
  2. Book Design of the Year - Honors outstanding and innovative design.
  3. 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:  Holiday 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.

Deadline submissions in each category must be postmarked by the close of business on July 15, 2017. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Please contact our office at 323-665-8080 for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee of $75  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:

  1. One copy of the book
  2. A copy of your official entry form
  3. PayPal receipt or check/money order
  4. Any press/publicity kit (optional)

Please mail package to:

JM Northern Media
attn: Holiday Book Festival
7095 Hollywood Blvd. Suite 864
Hollywood, CA 90028

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 form.

You will receive a confirmation email when your package is logged into our system and entered into judging.

*** PLEASE NOTE: You must send the email with the appropriate attachments and subject line. Failure to do so may result in disqualification and missed entries.

phone: 323-665-8080

Enter the Competition