The Judging Rounds

This applies to the 2021 competition, it's likely to stay the same for 2022, but please bear that in mind.

How it works

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 winning prizes, with one (1) book being the overall winner.

In the event the amount of entries is significantly more than expected, we may add a fourth (4th) or make amendmends to the below round for smoother running of the contest. The nature of this will be revealed later when relevant.

Updated: February 10, 2021

About the rounds of BBNYA

In each round, the excerpts and books are judged writing, plot, characters, engagement and general enjoyment and opinion.

Round One

The first round will be about the first two thousand (2,000) words of the books, scored based on the categories above. The books with the best scores will advance to round two.

Round Two

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, scored based on the categories above. The books with the best scores will advance to round three - the finale. We will announce the finalists on our official website and social media.

Round Three - The finale

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 best ten (10) 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 via our official website and social media.

Note: The top 10 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.