Crock of Shit alert


NEW YORK (November 15, 2006) The 2007 New York Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its annual program celebrating books that deserve greater recognition from the world's publishing capital.

The 2007 New York Book Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children's books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, comics, e-books, wild card (anything goes!), science fiction, romance and biography/autobiography works.

A panel of judges will determine the winners based on the following criteria:
1) The story-telling ability of the author;
2) The potential of the work to win wider recognition.
Entries can be in English, Spanish, French or Italian. Our grand prize for the 2007 New York Book Festival Author of the Year is $1500 and a flight to New York for the awards.

ENTRIES: Please classify your book and enter it in the following categories. Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate fee for each book.
1) General Non-fiction
2) General Fiction
3) Children's books
4) E-books
5) Comics
6) Wild Card
7) Unpublished Stories
8) Teenage
9) Science fiction
10) Romance
11) Biography/Autobiography
12) Audio/spoken word

FESTIVAL RULES: New York Book Festival 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 costs must be borne by entrants.

NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the receipt of their package via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on this web site shortly after the entry deadline.

Deadline submissions in each category must be postmarked by the close of business on April 25, 2007. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at http://newyorkbookfestival.com or may be faxed/e-mailed to you by calling our office at 323-660-1776. You may also register over the phone with a credit card. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee via check, money order, credit card payment or PayPal online payment of $50 in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.

Entry fee checks should be made payable to JM Northern Media LLC. We're sorry, but entries must be mailed and cannot be delivered in person or by messenger services to the JM Northern Media offices.

Entry packages should include one copy of the book; any relevant marketing material; a copy of your official entry form; and the entry fee or receipt from online payment. Entries should be mailed to:
JM Northern Media LLC
The New York Book Festival
151 First Ave, #151
New York City, N.Y. 10003

AWARDS: Winners of the 2007 New York Book Festival will be honored at a gala ceremony held on May 19, 2007 in New York. You do not need to be present to accept your award or accompanying prizes.

New York Book Festival winners in each category will be admitted free to the awards ceremony. The New York Book Festival selection committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project.

The New York Book Festival is produced by JM Northern Media LLC, producers of the Hollywood Book Festival, DIY Convention and DIY Book Festival, and is sponsored by Final Draft Screenplay Software, The Hollywood Creative Directory, Westside Websites and ShopperShuttle.

This is like being elected prom queen in a high school with six girls.

These kinds of "awards" are the latest crock of shit way to separate you from your money. They only need a couple suckers to make this thing profitable.

If anyone has pictures of previous "New York Book Festivals", I'll be glad to post them.
Previous winners too.

It's not listed here.

And when you google it, nothing shows up that ISN'T a reprint of the press release and or an incorrect naming of Book Expo or New York is Book Country.

I'm always rather amazed people just print this stuff without looking at it.


Anonymous said...

This also looks hinky to mwe:

Anonymous said...

So ... this is how "New York" makes money on books it rejects?

"Vwzftmh," she moans and slaps hand to forehead.

Ole Blue The Heretic said...

I get a lot of offers to send poetry and short stories to many writers contest that request fees.

Many people are suckered into these. I just say no.

Contrarian said...

check out their site. They barely seem to exist!

There's also a bit more information about them here.

And, a 2005 version of the festival (run by same company but it seems to be under a different name) is here. It seems there were winners, too.

But I guess the $50 thing is the tip-off. Oh well.

Anonymous said...

This seems to be the same as the Hollywood Book Festival, run last year by the same company, which seems to be just one guy, an author, who organizes it. The fee was $75 last year.


Anonymous said...

Hee hee, you said "crock of shit."

Don't hold back Snark, tell it like it is! :)

Anonymous said...

But they must be legitimate--they've got one of those highly-prized 323 numbers.

Miss Snark said...

Notice that on the link to the winners there are no publishers listed? It would be interesting to look all those titles up on Amazon.

roach said...

$50?! *faints*

I love the bit on how submissions can't be hand delivered. Any one know the whereabouts of the address? I have this picture in my mind that it's some non-descript apartment building. Can't have the suck-er-contestants being put off by the lack of real office space now can we?

Unknown said...

You mean I shouldn't have personal courier'ed them my cashiers check??


Humour and last laugh said...

Even at present the publishing industry is not doing so well. Why should it be so?

Unknown said...

I didn't realize this was the DYI folks out here when I first posted. I know people who've entered their film festivals and I attended one of their music/art events. My opinion is they are more well meaning people than scam artists. And they do spend quite a bit of money they get putting on their shows; it is not take your money and run time. Still, intentions are one thing - and results are quite another.

Anonymous said...

I've often wondered about some of the British prizes. Seems like there are a ton of them now, besides the prestigious ones like Booker, etc. Are these all legit?

Heatheness said...

No category for fictional novels? What a missed opportunity for them.

MaNiC MoMMy™ said...

THIS is just one of the many reasons we love you Miss Snark.

And Clooney and gin and Killer Yap!

Kim Rossi Stagliano said...

Crock of Shit is one of my favorite terms. I heard it often as my Dad furiously lit up a Kent in disgust while trying to teach me how to do division with a looonnng line down the side of the equation versus the new math (circa 1975) with the short division line. Another family favorite? "Stop dicking around!" I look forward to seeing that in a Miss Snark post soon.

Anonymous said...

I'm entering "He Chuckled Louder", the true story of Fred the fictitious teddy bear, done on-line in comic book form. Written on Mars, it hasn't been published yet, but there's a hunky bear in the mix that the teens are gonna go wild for, this Buck Rogers of love, based on my life. Yes, yes, I'm putting it on audio too.

I'm looking to sweep the categories.


falconesse said...

Someone check my math...

Entries must be postmarked April 25, 2007.

The awards ceremony is May 19, 2007.

So, from the close of the contest to the big ol' bash, we have...twenty-five days?

Now, figure the manuscripts sent in on the last day take, oh, let's be generous and say they arrive within four days. Hey! April 28th's a Saturday. Think they'll be reading then?

No, I didn't, either.

So, they'll start looking at the late arrivals on Monday, April 30th (and if I were a bettin' kind of girl, I'd bet a whole slew of entries would be sent as the clocked ticked down to zero), and have...twenty days until the awards?

Now, figure you have to notify the winners and book their airfare. You'd want to do that at least two weeks in advance, I'd think. But, again, being generous, we'll say the writers would be SO overjoyed to be picked, they'll come with a week's notice. Hence, final decisions (and a whole lot of congratulatory phone calls) should be made by May 12th.

That gives them thirteen days to judge the last wave of entries against whatever entries they received prior to April 25th.

Thirteen days to carefully read and select the best books from entrants in twelve categories?

No, this doesn't smell fishy at all.

Anonymous said...

The PNWA contest is 12 categories, $50 entry fee, $600 first prize, and is considered legitimate. But either PNWA is making a lot of money on the contest or the New York Book Festival isn't. (I'm sure PNWA gets a lot more entries.) I'm guessing PNWA IS making a lot of money off desperate writers, and that seems a bit...graspy? (word verification: rbmilku)

Anonymous said...

I resent this. The other 5 girls were clearly inferior to me.

Anonymous said...

Here's your list of 2006 winners:


Haven't heard of nary a one.