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Reader's Choice Award

The Connections eMagazine Reader's Choice Award is open to all independently published authors and their work.    This is an annual award. The winners will be featured in the August issues of the magazine.  Authors can be nominated by anyone who has read the novel during the past year.  If you have not read the book, please refrain from nominating it.  Books will be rated in four areas and can be Fiction or Non-Fiction. 

Judging Criteria...

  • Fiction
    • Compelling Intro / Good flow
    • Character &/or World Development
    • Cover Design
    • Presentation (Formatting, Grammar, Typos, etc)


  • Non-Fiction
    • Compelling Topic /Moral or Societal value
    • Informative Intro & Descriptive delivery
    • Cover Design
    • Presentation (Formatting, Grammar, Typos, etc)
  • Children's Books
    • Compelling Topic /Moral or Societal value
    • Age Appropriate / Illustrations
    • Cover Design
    • Presentation (Formatting, Grammar, Typos, etc)

Each entry will be given a score based on the above criteria (using Amazon's free preview).  The top entrants in each category will be chosen and the finalists will be posted for public voting.  At the end of the contest, all the scores (judges scores from all categories plus the public voting) will be combined to determine the final winners. 


  • Romance
  • Horror / Thriller
  • Mystery / Suspense
  • Sci-Fi / Fantasy /
  • Paranormal / Supernatural
  • Young Adult
  • General Fiction
  • Non-Fiction
  • Children's Picture Book
  • Children's Chapter Book


Nominations & Voting...

  • Schedule
    • The Finalists have been selected and voting is now open. The competition will close July 5th. The winners will be announced in our Special Edition of the magazine.

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The Finalists for the 2023 Reader's Choice competition have been chosen. Click below to vote for your favorite book.