Popular Genres

African American Fiction and Non-Fiction


Black Caucus of the American Library Association awards recognize excellence in adult fiction and non-fiction by African Americans. 

Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence recognizes emerging African-American fiction Writers. 

QBR: The Black Book Review is the first national book review devoted to reviewing books about the African American experience. 


Christian Fiction and Non-Fiction

Christy Award recognizes Christian novels of excellence, imagination, and creativity. 

 Carol Award from American Fiction Writers honors the best Christian fiction published in the previous year. 

Christian Book Awards  honor high quality Christian fiction and non-fiction. 

Fantastic Fiction (Christian)  lists new inspirational titles and identifies 100 top inspirational authors. 


Mystery and Detective Fiction


Agatha Awards named in honor of Agatha Christie to recognize excellence in the cozy mystery sub genre. 

Crimefest Awards from the International Crime Fiction Convention. 

Dagger Awards honor British mysteries by best in category. 

Edgar Awards from the Mystery Writers of America are widely acknowledged to be the most prestigious awards in the genre. 

Fantastic Fiction (Mystery) lists new mystery titles and lists 100 top mystery authors. 

Stop You're Killing Me is a one-stop site for mystery awards. 


Historical Fiction


 Walter Scott Prize honors British fiction of exceptional quality with a setting at least 60 years in the past. 

Historical Novel Society lists award-winning titles and offers reviews of historical novels. 

Fantastic Fiction (Historical) lists new historical fantasy titles and identifies 100 top historical fantasy authors. 


Science Fiction & Fantasy

Fantastic Fiction (Sci-Fi) lists new sci-fi titles and 100 top science fiction authors. 

Fantastic Fiction (Fantasy) lists new fantasy titles and 100 top fantasy fiction authors.

 Nebula Awards recognize distinguished works of science fiction and fantasy published in the previous 

Hugo Awards from the World Science Fiction Society honor the best achievements in science fiction and fantasy. 

 Arthur C. Clarke Award honors excellence in  a science fiction novel first published in the UK. 

World Fantasy Awards  are presented each year for the best fantasy fiction published in the previous year. 



The Bram Stoker Award is horror's premier literary award. 

 Fantastic Fiction (Horror) lists new horror titles and 100 top horror fiction authors. 



All About Romance provides book reviews, author interviews, and industry commentary. 

 Romance Writers of America present the RITA Award and Vivian Award.



Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America 

Reading the West Book Awards honor the best fiction, non-fiction, and illustrated books for adults and children set in the western United States or created by an author or artist living or working in the region.  



International Thriller Writers 


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