Call for Entries - 2010 Sharp Writ Book Awards by Book Lovers SIG of American Mensa Now Open

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Book Lovers SIG - a Special Interest Group of American Mensa launched the Sharp Writ Book Contest today to recognize excellence in book publishing. The Sharp Writ Book contest is open to English books published between January 2006 to February 2010 anywhere in the world by both Mensa member and non-member authors. The Book Awards committee is accepting nominations in five different categories including Children and Young Adults categories.

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We are very excited to announce the Sharp Writ Book Awards - We are looking for works which have the power to enlighten, amuse, educate and appeal to the sharp intellect of the members of the Book Lovers Special Interest Group of American Mensa.

Book Lovers SIG, a special Interest Group of American Mensa recently announced that the 2010 Sharp Writ Book Awards are now open for submissions.

Submissions for Sharp Writ Awards are open to printed books of exceptional merit in five different categories including Non Fiction, Autography & Memoirs, Fiction (see exceptions below), Young Adults and Children. Winners are selected in a two-tier judging process by a carefully selected panel of judges from the Book Lovers SIG, A Special Interest Group of American Mensa.

"We are very excited to announce the Sharp Writ Book Awards" said Yashpal Talreja, Coordinator of the Book Lovers SIG, "We are looking for works which have the power to enlighten, amuse, educate and appeal to the sharp intellect of the members of the Book Lovers SIG of American Mensa."

Any book in English and published from January 2006 to February 2010 is eligible. Books published in 2010 can be submitted to either this year's contest, or next year's but not both. Final deadline for entering is March 15, 2010 with an early Bird entry fee incentive for books submitted by Feb. 15th. Unlike many other book awards, self-published titles are also eligible for entry as long as they meet other requirements.

An application can be downloaded from the Book Lovers SIG website. The author, publisher or the publicist can submit the application.

Winners will be announced at the combined Annual Gathering of American and Canadian Mensa in Detroit on July 3rd, 2010 in a special Book award ceremony as part of the Book Lovers SIG member meeting. The winners of the Sharp Writ Book Awards will receive medals, certificates, and earn credibility and publicity.

Here are the details of the categories:

Nonfiction - Nonfiction books, including, but not limited to, history, biography, science, nature, and cookbooks.

Fiction (except romance) - books written in any popular genre or style of fiction except romance. This includes, but is not limited to, mystery, detective, fantasy, graphic novel and science fiction. We are not accepting romance books this year. Any romance books submitted will be destroyed since we do not have any qualified SIG members willing to judges romance book.

Autobiography & Memoirs –books which autobiographical in theme, or include personal memoirs, with or without imaginative reworking.

Young People's Literature - a book written for teen audience (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and graphic novels are eligible).

Children’s Literature - picture books or easy readers targeted towards children, which combine text and illustrations in telling the story (fiction, nonfiction, and poetry books are all eligible)

To find out more details and to download an entry form, visit Book Lovers SIG's website.

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