We will have a total of three (3) rounds, the third round being the finale.
We will adjust the amount of eliminations (novels that won't proceed to the following round) based on the total number of entries. We will release more details when we have processed all entries. The only amount set in stone is that there will be ten (10) books in round three.
In the event the amount of entries is significantly more than expected, we may add a fourth (4th) round for smoother running of the contest. The nature of this round will be revealed later.
The first round will be about first impressions. Our panel will be ranking the cover, blurb and first thousand words of the book and giving points accordingly. The books with the best scores will advance to round two. We will announce who will be advancing to round to on or before July 20th 2020 via our official website and social media.
SEGMENT 1 The cover and blurb of the book. (30% of round 1 score)
SEGMENT 2 The first one thousand (1000) words of the book. (70% of round 1 score)
The second round will be a deeper dive into the book. The panelists will be reading the first ten thousand (10,000) words of the books that advanced to round two. We will be ranking the excerpts of first ten thousand (10,000) words of the book and give points accordingly. The ten (10) books with the best scores will advance to round three - the finale. We will announce the finalists on or before September 30th 2020 via our official website and social media.
Round Three - The finale (10 novels)
The third round is the finale. Each novel will be read by several of our panelists. The panelists will be giving scores for different aspects of the novel. The novels will be ranked by their cumulative scores; the highest score will be first place and the lowest will be 10th place. The final results will be announced on December 21st 2020 via our official website and social media.
All finalists will receive prizes. The nature of this prizes depend on the novel's ranking in the top 10 at the end of the final round. See all prizes here.
Panelists may choose, with permission of the BBNYA Team, to not finish the book or excerpt. Reasons can be, but are not limited to: triggering content or content that makes the individual otherwise uncomfortable, especially if the author failed to include it in the trigger/content warnings.
We reserve the right to adjust the nature of the rounds listed above. The reason(s) can be, but not limited to: unforeseen events, encountering problems with the current design of the round.
We reserve the right to add more disclaimers over time. New additions will have date stamps.