Previous Finalists


Everybody who selects to pay the £79 entry fee gets:

  • 1. Feedback from the judging. See our examples of the feedback, Example 1, Example 2, Example 3.
  • 2. An honest Goodreads and Bookbub review based on the readers' comments. We will check with the author/publisher first to check they want the review.
  • 3. A catchy quote for the back of their next book or reprint

Plus, the finalists and winners will get:

  • 1. The book listed on this website with a link to a selling page e.g. Amazon.

  • 2. A personalised certificate, perfect for book signings or simply putting up on the wall!

  • 3. They will be included in a Press Release going out to every literary magazine we can think of.

  • 4. The finalists/winners will be promoted on Facebook ($2000 budget) with targeted 'reader' advertising linking to the finalist/winner list on this website.

  • 5. We will actively promote the finalists/winners within Facebook and Goodreads reader groups.

  • 6. A logo to put on the cover of the book.

  • 7. Self-published books which get through to the finals will be passed on to a select list of publishers (see Supporters). Fingers crossed, they might wish to publish the book or be interested in the author's next book.

  • 8. All publishers/authors whose books get through to the finals will be entitled to a 50% discount off website design fees from to help promote their books through their own online website.

  • 9. The GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE children category winners will be listed in the Blind Children UK catalogue.

  • 10. The GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE WINNERS in every category will be promoted on The Fussy Librarian.

  • 11. The GOLD, SILVER and BRONZE WINNERS will be sent an exclusive Wishing Shelf Awards' winners medal.

  • 12. We send out a PRESS RELEASE to all of the below promoting the FINALISTS and the WINNERS: Beauty Brite, Binge Reader, Missy, Blue Stocking Bookshelf, Bookish Connoisseur, Bookishmaug, Mookmusings, BooksPolkaDots, Crime By The Book, Crime of Rhyme , Dream By Day Book Reviews, Folded Pages Distillery, Happy Indulgence, Ivory Owl Reviews, Jessicamap, La Vie Est Books, Mundie's Kids, Novel Gossip, Novel Novice, Ouija Doodle Reads, Out of the box, Pure Imagination , Remarkably Lisa, Running N Reading , Sarah's Bookshelves, Saturday Nite Reader, Simone and Her Books, Some Kind of a Library , Squibbles Reads, Super Space Chick, The Suspense is Thrilling Me, The Year of Agatha, The Book Lover Book cClub, Tomes and Tea, Top Shelf Text, What I Read, Where the Reader Grows, Barnes & Noble Reads, Book Briefs, Brianne's Book Reviews, Cozy Little House, Crime Fiction Lover, Crossroad Reviews, Fresh Fiction, Hasty Book List, Imaginary Reads, Inside of a Dog, Mystery File, Some Kind of a Library, Strange Horizons, The Book Review Café, The Perpetual Page Turner, The Reading Café, Travelling With T, Vilma's Book Blog, Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, Bookbub, Kim the Bookworm, Ginger Book Geek

  • 13. We have organised for the Author Marketing Experts to offer winners exclusive access to their Amazon Marketing Campaign for 10% off the standard introductory client rate! Simply contact Penny and her team at and mention your winning status to find out more and secure your special rate. And visit to find out more about their work and read client testimonials!


Prolific authors may enter lots of books, if they so wish.

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