ForeWord Book of the Year

The ForeWord Book of the Year Award is awarded by ForeWord Reviews, INC. This is an INDEPENDENT  book reviewing agency, i.e. it is not tied to any particular publisher. As a part of that, they cater to the small to mid-sized publishing houses and provide reviews either free in their publication (which many booksellers/libraries/readers subscribe to) OR for a fee for other types of reviews. All reviews are billed as unbiased and having “high editorial standards.” 

The company website points out the marketability of the award, and establishes the goal of giving publishers and booksellers a marketing tool for a book that may have been overlooked on its initial run. There is very little information given about the final selection process or who selects the winners, only how to submit works for consideration and review.

 The only details mentioned are:

“Our unique awards process brings readers, librarians, and booksellers together to select their top categories as well as choose the winning titles. Their decisions are based on editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, author credentials relative to the book, and the value the book adds to its genre.

If your books expand a reader’s world, introduce a voice society needs to hear, offer practical knowledge where none existed before, or simply entertain so compellingly that all distractions fall away, they should be submitted for the Book of the Year Award.”

For a list of recent finalists click HERE

For some recent reviews by ForeWord click HERE

For a list of recent winners, click HERE.

The categories for 2010 were:

Adult Fiction

  • Fantasy
  • Gay/Lesbian
  • General
  • Historical
  • Horror
  • Literary
  • Multicultural
  • Mystery
  • Thriller & Crime
  • Religious
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction
  • Short Stories

Adult Nonfiction

  • Adventure/Recreation
  • Anthologies
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Autobiography & Memoir
  • Biography
  • Body, Mind & Spirit
  • Business & Economics
  • Career
  • Cooking
  • Crafts & Hobbies
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Essays
  • Family & Relationships
  • Graphic Novels & Comics
  • Health
  • History
  • Home & Garden
  • Humor
  • Music
  • Nature
  • Parenting
  • Performing Arts
  • Pets
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Poetry
  • Political Science
  • Popular Science
  • Psychology
  • Reference
  • Regional
  • Religion
  • Self-Help
  • Social Science
  • Sports
  • Travel Essays
  • Travel Guides
  • True Crime
  • Writing
  • Women’s Issues


  • Juvenile Fiction
  • Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Picture Books
  • Young Adult Fiction
  • Young Adult Nonfiction

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