Rules of Entry:
All English-language titles, North American or International may
be submitted as long as the books are available to the general public. (i.e., retail outlets, catalog, Amazon or manufacturer websites) Non-English language books may only be submitted to the "International - Foreign Language Title" category.
Self-published and small press titles are permitted as long as they meet these guidelines.
Books may be submitted by the publisher, author, illustrator, publicist, or anyone else working with the title. The entry fee is $90 per category.
All items submitted for review must be of a family-friendly nature, and suitable for general audiences. The Gelett Burgess Center reserves the right to refuse any entry.
Books must have a copyright date of 2013, 2014, or 2015 to be considered for entry.
Benefits of the Award
The award provides a guarantee for parents, educators and librarians that the book meets a high level of standards, and is deemed appropriate for children and families.
Gold medals will be awarded in each category, as well as 24 gold foil seals. Each winning title will also receive an electronic kit containing an official award letter, supplemental marketing material including press release templates,
marketing copy and sample social media posts.
Book awards are an essential piece in the book marketing puzzle, allowing authors and publishers an
advantage in promoting their titles. Award-winning books most often win other awards, and lend themselves
to publicity more readily. Award-winning books are often displayed face-out, and generally attract more
The Gelett Burgess Center offers support in terms of providing press release templates, press photos of the awards, and background information on the Gelett Burgess Center.
All honorees will be listed permanently on the Center website indicating their win.
Questions or more information?
Contact Nicholas Beatty, Executive Director