Frequently Asked Questions

All questions we get asked frequently or we expect to be asked more than once.

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Q: Does the award have categories?

A: No. BBNYA does not have categories. All entries are competing against eachother, regardless of genre or target audience.

Q: I feel like my novel would be a good contender in one category, but not against certain other categories, especially it comes down to personal preference. How will this be done?

A: We trust our panel to judge books based on their qualities and shortcomings and acknowledge if a book is good or not, regardless of their personal preference.

Entry requirements

Q: The requirements say the book has to be published on or between Jan 1, 2013 and Dec 31, 2020. Is it a typo and do you actually mean Jan 1, 2019 and Dec 31, 2019?

A: No, it's not a typo. All books published in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 that meet the requirements are eligible to enter!

Q: My novel is only available on Amazon. Is that okay?

A: Yes, novels don't have to be available on multiple retailers as long as it's available in two or more formats.

Q: I only have the ebooks of my novel only available in one file type. Is that okay?

A: No. We want to supply our panel with the file type of choice (PDF, MOBI, ePUB, etc.) to make sure it works on their ebook device of choice. There are easy and free file conversion tools available online. For example, if you Google 'mobi to epub' you'll find plenty mobi to epub converters in your search results.

The rounds of the competition and related topics

Q: For the excerpts for round one and two, do they have to be 1,000 and 10,000 words exactly?

A: No. The closest paragraph end is fine. For example: If there is a paragraph end at 985 and at 1,017, you go for the 985 mark as that's closer to 1,000.

Q: Do chapter titles and the title of the book count for the maximum amount of words for the excerpts?

A: No, only the words of the actual story count for the maximum amount of words.

Q: Where should the excerpt start?

A: The first page of your story.

Q: Do the excerpts have to include the cover of the book?

A: No, they do not. We will be looking at the cover in round one on the Goodreads page of the book and don't need it in the excerpt.


Q: Do you accept credit card payment for the administration fee?

A: No, we only accept Paypal. However, you can add balance to your Paypal with credit card or connect your credit card to your account.

Q: If you win the competition, one of the prizes is a 100 euros cash prize. How will I receive that?

A: The cash prize will be awarded as Paypal balance. Any other safe transferring options can be discussed at the time of awarding the prizes.


Q: I do not want the blog tour that is part of my prize. Is it possible to get a money prize instead?

A: No. The blog tours are a sponsored prize by The Write Reads, so we aren't offering money as an alternative prize. However, if the winning book has been featured in a blog tour by The Write Reads in the past, we will be able to figure out an alternative. Winners do have all the right to deny their blog tour prize.

Q: Is it possible to exchange the Folio Society giftcard for cash?

A: No. The giftcards are a sponsored prize by Folio Society, so we aren't offering money as an alternative prize. Winners do have all the right to deny their giftcard prize.