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About TopShelf Magazine

Over the years, TopShelf Magazine has built a powerful brand––a name that booksellers, librarians, authors, and book-lovers everywhere can trust. We offer our readers invaluable marketing advice, professionally written trade reviews of the latest indie and traditional books, exclusive and thought-provoking author interviews, book spotlights, book discoveries, and more. We could not be prouder of the response we’ve been receiving from booksellers, readers, and some of the world’s most acclaimed authors. Just spend a moment on our testimonials page and you’ll see what we mean. Our website receives over 50,000 visitors and 250,000 page-views each month, and our social media partners retweet and share our Twitter and Facebook posts on a daily basis to over 4,000,000 followers. With this level of reach, TopShelf is an excellent mouthpiece for your book.

About the TopShelf Book Awards

We use the powerful brand we’ve built to raise awareness of the best authors and books––not only to readers but to our growing list of booksellers and librarians from around the globe. Every single book that is promoted in TopShelf Magazine and on our website is likely to be seen by booksellers, librarians, authors, agents, publicists, reviewers, readers, and more––thousands of some of the most influential, most important people who could ever get ahold of your book. Booksellers and many big names in the literary industry, pay attention to the results of this contest. The winners are promoted heavily to booksellers, librarians, and readers on a scale you likely have never seen before. The TopShelf Book Awards is the contest that very well could put you on the map.


We've Made Improvements

We have listened to your feedback over our first two seasons and have made some pretty exciting improvements to our third annual contest! These improvements include more clearly defined category options, more categories to select from (creating even more chances to win), improved prizes and benefits to our winners, MORE WINNERS and finalists than ever, and a more thoughtfully structured marketing plan with the best times to enter the contest ALWAYS being the earliest times. We will NEVER offer a better deal than the deal we're offering RIGHT NOW. No more eleventh-hour mega sales. The later you enter, the more you pay. Simple as that. This removes confusion and helps eliminate the thought that waiting till a later date to enter could pay off. Also, for those who've experienced this in the past, if you enter today and get nominated tomorrow––or sometime later––we will double the amount you paid for your initial entries as a credit toward future marketing options! Now there is no reason NOT to enter TODAY!


Grand Prize - $20,000 in Cash & Prizes!

One lucky winner will be featured on the cover of the 2020 Holiday Edition of TopShelf Magazine and will have a two-page spread devoted all to their-self, with an author interview, a review of the winning book, and a two-page, center-pullout (poster-like) ad (designed by our team). The winner will also receive a FREE LIFETIME PRO INSIDER MEMBERSHIP with over $8,000.00 a year in value, a (USD) $1,000.00 CASH PRIZE, plus a full-page advertisement run in every issue of TopShelf Magazine for a full year (one ad per issue), Premium Book Spotlights, social media promotions, email marketing, and we will submit their winning book to at least one New York Times and/or USA Today bestselling author for a book blurb endorsement, and to several of our partnering literary agencies for possible pickup––a prize package valued at well over (USD) $20,000.00!


1st Place Winners - $2,500 in Prizes to Each!

Each #1 Place Winner from each of our 100 categories will be featured in the 2020 Holiday Edition of TopShelf Magazine, displaying the winning book's cover, a short description, and all necessary book information. The winning books will also receive a review published online at TopShelfMagazine.net, sometime during the following year. Moreover, the winning books will be spotlighted online at TopShelfMagazine.net and promoted across our social media network for one full year. The winning authors will receive a FREE PLUS INSIDER MEMBERSHIP for a full year! This is a prize package valued at over (USD) $2,500.00!


500 Finalists - $300 in Prizes to Each!

Each category will have up to 5 Finalists (based on the total number of entries in each category). All Finalists will be listed in the holiday issue of TopShelf Magazine. Finalists will also win a FREE BASIC INSIDER MEMBERSHIP for a year, which includes having their book(s) listed on the DISCOVERIES page at TopShelfMagazine.net. This prize package is valued at (USD) $300.00!


Award Badges

All Winners and Finalists earn the right to display the TopShelf Book Awards badge on their blog, book cover, website, marketing materials, etc. TopShelf reserves the right to disallow the use of TopShelf Award graphics on any book other than the winning book, unless the winning book has been reprinted with a new cover or new materials that TopShelf finds inappropriate for their brand. TopShelf reserves the ULTIMATE right to deny the use of their brand, graphics, and badges for any use, on any book, in any case, forever. 




Entry is FREE with PRO Membership!

TopShelf reserves the right to update the terms of this or any TopShelf contest without notice.
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