Contest: Writing Book Reviews

The winners of our book review contest are Francesca's review of CEREMONY by Leslie Marmon Silko and Robin Gott's review of THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME by Mark Haddon.

Although the competition is over, we are still publishing book reviews. You are invited to submit a previously unpublished review of a book you LOVED, using the form on the bottom of this page to send us your submission.

What are the keys to becoming a better writer?

  • Write a lot
  • READ a lot

Help other writers find great books to read by entering our book review contest. The author of the winning review will get to take our online creative writing course, Description Writing Secrets, for free! (If the winner has already signed up for the course, he or she will receive a $30 gift certificate instead).

What's a book you really loved?

Think of a book that that you loved and you want to share with others. Maybe it's a book that inspired you, or one that you just couldn't put down. Maybe it's a book with characters that started to feel like your friends, or a book that lingered in your memory afterward.

Write a review of this book that inspires others to read it. Then use the form below to enter your review to our competition. All book reviews submitted will be considered for publication on our website.

We will consider reviews of all types and genres of books. What we're looking for is a review that shows why the book is worth reading. We're looking for a review that will convince other people to read the same book.

Important: Please do NOT submit reviews that have been published on or anyplace else. 

Tips on writing book reviews for our contest

Remember, this isn't a book report for school! You can relax and have fun.

It might help to pretend you are talking to a friend. You've read a wonderful book, and now you want your friend to enjoy the same experience. How would you recommend this book to your friend?

Feel free to make the review personal, to include something of yourself and your life.

Ask yourself:

  • What kind of information do YOU want to know before you choose a book?
  • What kind of review would convince YOU to read this book?
  • What kind of review would you find enjoyable to read?

Writing book reviews: contest rules

  1. The reviews you submit must be your own original work and must not be published anywhere else. Please do NOT submit reviews that appear on or other websites.
  2. There is no cost for entering the contest, and you may enter as many times as you want.
  3. All reviews entered in the contest may be published on our website.
  4. You may write a review of any type of book (fiction, nonfiction, etc.).
  5. The last day to enter the contest is May 16th, 2011. The winner will be announced on this page by May 31st.
  6. The winner will be allowed to enroll for free in our online creative writing course, Description Writing Secrets, currently priced at $27. If the winner has already signed up for this course, he or she will receive instead an gift certificate in the amount of $30 U.S. dollars.

Submit your review here!

(Don't forget to include the title of the book you're reviewing and the author's name!)

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