Breaking Rules Publishing Awards Program - Poetry
Collections of Short Stories
Writing Award Program Details
Winners and Distinguished Favorites get National Media & Industry Exposure! Industry awards and reviews can help you sell your books. Also, give you the opportunity to promote that you’re an Award Winner or Distinguished Favorite.
As a Winner or Distinguished Favorite, you’re able to promote your award on all your marketing materials. We provide an easily downloadable seal to print on your book. In addition, you can purchase stickers to put on each book you have already printed. Lastly, check out our Promotion page to help get additional exposure to key book-buying audiences.
Like many other Awards - books recognized as Winner or Distinguished Favorite of the Breaking Rules Publishing Writing Award can be a celebrated honor and you'll want everyone, your family, friends, and supporters to know!
As a Winner or Distinguished Favorite, beyond the monetary benefit, we will place you and your book on all of our social media platforms - mention you in our monthly newsletters as well as place and list you on our website.
Books Eligible Any book submitted is subject to the eligibility of the Breaking Rules Publishing Writing Award selection committee.
-All books requested are to be in final published print form.
-All titles should have an ISBN.
-Although we accept earlier published work, most books should be published between 2018 to 2021. Please send one hard copy book as well as a PDF copy per category entered.
-There is only one submission per book - per category.
-We reserve the right to move books into another category if it seems more appropriate.
-Breaking Rules Publishing Writing Award is open to all English language books that are available for sale wherever good books are sold both online and in bookstores.
-This award is for independent authors and press books.
-Thank you, but books published by the Big 5 book house publishers: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, or Simon & Schuster are not eligible to apply.
-Book submissions are not complete until you receive an email confirmation from the Breaking Rules Publishing Writing Award.
-Books must be received by the published deadline to be considered, and any book received after the deadline will be automatically considered for the next judging cycle.
-Book submissions cannot be returned.
-Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling is on entrants.
Breaking Rules Publishing Writing Award Refund Policy
All sales are final. There will be no refunds. Only appropriate submissions will be eligible to enter the contest. The Breaking Rules Publishing Writing Award, therefore, reserves the right to refuse any material for any reason. Notifications and Deadlines of Winners and Distinguished Favorite Receipt of every book entry will be acknowledged via e-mail within 2 weeks and will announce the winning entries on our website.
In addition, Winners and Distinguished Favorite in each category will be notified by e-mail.
Thank you for applying to the Breaking Rules Publishing Writing Award!
Entry Fees - Awards and Deadlines
-Fees - $50.00 per entry/per category, then $35 for each additional book entry/category – Poetry Chapbooks $35 total.
-Monetary Awards per category - Winners will receive 15% of the total per category – Distinguished Favorites will receive 5% of the total per category.
-All monies must be in U.S. Dollars and paid via CC or PayPal. Please send one copy of the book per category entered to the address listed below. You can put all the categories in which you submit on one Submission Form but be sure to copy the submission form and put it in each book you submit in each category. All titles should have an ISBN and be published books available on Amazon.com or major retailer.
-Entries should be postmarked no later than April 1, 2021. Winners and Finalists will be announced by Aug 1, 2021. All submissions are final.
All hard copy books should be mailed to
Breaking Rules Publishing
504 North Ocean Blvd
Pompano Beach, FL 33062
There are no refunds.
(All submissions, international or otherwise must be paid for via the link on this site through CC or PayPal.)
Official Categories of the annual Breaking Rules Publishing Writing Awards.
Non Fiction – Children’s – Poetry – Science Fiction/Fantasy – LGBT – Horror – Romance – Crime/Legal/Suspense – Drama – Short Story
After payment an entry form will be emailed to you - please send that along with your book.
About the Breaking Rules Publishing Writing Award
We started the Breaking Rules Publishing Writing Award for a vast range of reasons, but mostly to help independent writers gain more attention and to better purvey their content to a larger audience.
Our goal for Breaking Rules Publishing, its authors, and those outside the BRP umbrella is to create a writing community. Creating the BRP Writing Awards will further that goal.
We are drawing upon our relationships and contacts, that like us, have a grasp of knowledge for the marketplace, and the diversity and breadth of publishing to give a framework to the decision-making process. We make every effort to bring fairness and high standard to every book we judge. The names and contact information of judges will not be made public to respect their privacy. We recognize that some books have outstanding qualities in every category but reserve the right to limit those that are designated “Winner.” To that point, often there is more than one category a book excels, and believe these books are due their just deserve, so the notable category of “Distinguished Favorite” has been designed for such recognition. Books that are recognized as Distinguished Favorite are so competitive in many ways that the difference between the Winner and Distinguished Favorite books can be small. The bottom line is that being recognized as a Distinguished Favorite is a high honor and something about which any author can and should be justifiably proud. Readers recognize that Distinguished Favorite books are worthy of their attention and their book-buying dollars.
All submitted books, except the winners, are donated to the local libraries in South Central Florida.