Nomination Rules: (Last Updated: 1.01.22)
We reserve the right to disqualify any participate for any reason we see fit.
Indie / Self published books are books that are published by a person. The person may have a company name that is their personal publishing house.
For all intent & purposes, the author is also the publishing company. The book is in no way connected to a traditional publishing house. They are the person pushing the publish button on the sales platform, and running the marketing for their published works.
Coop publishing houses – Where a group of authors have joined forces under one publishing house, but each author is responsible for their own marketing and publishing. I.E. Everyone is putting in equal work, do qualify.
Vanity Presses – Where an authors pays a publishing house to publish their book. It usually involve the author handing over the manuscript and letting the press do the leg work, do not qualify.
Small Presses – Where the author hands over the manuscript to a publisher who is in most cases also an author offering to publish other authors. The publisher handles editing, formatting, publishing and marketing the book, do not qualify.
This will be judged on case by case bases, and we reserve the right to accept or deny houses as we see fit.
By published, we mean the book is available for sale at a retailer such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple Books, Kobo, etc.
If you find that your nomination isn’t listed, various things could be wrong.
We hold rights to void any nomination that does not fit with our definition of Cozy Mystery & would not fit with what our audience reads. Our choices are not made for personal taste, but to make sure that the author is going to get the most out of being in front of our readers.
Cozy Mystery: “Cozy mysteries, also referred to as “cozies”, are a subgenre of crime fiction in which sex and violence occur off stage, the detective is an amateur sleuth, and the crime and detection take place in a small, socially intimate community. “
After each round the votes are counted then cleared. Every book will start with a clean slate at the beginning of each round of voting.
If you are caught breaking the rules the author / book / email will be permanently banned from participating in the awards.
Duplicate votes will result in the voiding of all vote for that person.
With using Google Forms, every entry is time stamped, in the even that multiple books only have the same number of votes we will defer to the time stamp of the nomination/vote and order them as such.
There will be no tie breaking round, as the time stamp will be used to break any tie.
Please contact us and let us know what the mistake is, title the email MISTAKE – *insert Nominations or Finals* In the body, let us know the specific mistake.
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All authors that make it to the finals will receive a Spotlight Interview post on the website. If you haven’t heard from us, we are probably trying to get in touch with you so please reach out!