Reading Time: 5 minutesFor years book awards and book contests have drawn in authors from a variety of book topics. I’ve judged several of them, including the Benjamin Franklin Awards from IBPA, Writer’s Digest, and several others. Book awards, in their most basic form, are designed to shed light and praise on the best books in a particular genre, and most book awards offer categories for just about any major genre – even poetry (which always tends to be tougher to market). But what does a book award really do for you? Well, as it turns out, a lot. From helping to build your platform, to pulling in more readers (book awards are eye-candy!), entering these competitions can really offer indie authors a boost. So let’s dig in and discover some ins and outs of finding the right book contests to submit to, as well as a few things to avoid!