How to Enter

Entry into the Living Now Book Awards is fast and convenient, either through our online entry site or by printable entry form. Online entry requires using a credit card; mail-in entry can be done by credit card or by company or personal check in U.S. funds.

Download a 4-page PDF with Living Now Award entry guidelines, FAQ, category list, and entry form.


Authors and publishers throughout North America and overseas publishers who publish English-language books appropriate for the North American market may enter. Books with 2017-2019 copyrights, or that were released between October 2017 and July 2019 are eligible. The exception is our Living Now Evergreen categories, which accept books published since the year 2000.

Entry Fees are per title, per category. Enter one book in one category for a single entry fee; enter one book in two categories, pay two entry fees. (Sorry, no discounts for multiple title or category entries.) Final deadline is July 13, 2019 with "early-bird" entry fees available to those who register early, according to the following schedule:

$85 per title, per category through April 27, 2019
$95 per title, per category April 29 through the final deadline of July 13, 2019

Entries must be made online by the deadline date or mail-in entry packages must be postmarked by the deadline date.

Submission for more than one category is acceptable. Submit TWO copies of the title per category. For example, when you enter a title into two categories, please send us four books. All books entered become the physical property of the Living Now Awards and will eventually be donated to local libraries and charities.

Please include completed entry form and check/credit card info, or online registration receipt in the same package as the books. All entries must be posted online or postmarked by July 13, 2019.

We will confirm your entry via email, and send judging updates and results announcements by email as well. Please inform us of any email address changes or additional contacts you'd like added to our contest update list.


Judging will be based on content, originality, design, and production quality, with emphasis on innovation and creativity. Our judging panel includes experts from the fields of editing, design, reviewing, bookselling and library. Three to five medalists per category will be named on about August 28th, 2019.

Gold, silver, and bronze medals will be awarded in each category, along with certificates, award seals and marketing materials.