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Reader's Favorite Award Winner!

Updated: Sep 15, 2020

Back in February I entered this contest and applied for reviews from the site. I ended up getting three 5-star ratings for Warden’s Reign that summer and ended up featured on their site. But the wait for the contest results came later in the year: September 1st. Because of the long wait period, my nerves were a complete mess. During this time I dealt with a case of imposter syndrome and the highs and lows of writing during the Covid-19 quarantine. Finally, September came around and I screamed when I got the results.

Bronze! My debut novel as a first-time author got a bronze medal in the Young Adult Epic Fantasy category. I couldn’t believe it. I cried so many happy tears my husband became a bit concerned.

So what does it mean?

I am invited to the Awards Ceremony in Miami, Florida to personally receive my award. I plan on going as long as it isn’t cancelled, and things are deemed safe. I will be given an award certificate, a digital award seal, which will be added to my website, listings in Enhanced Reader’s Favorite, and, as well as a roll of stickers to be added to my books.

Reader’s Favorite is a bit different than other contests as it doesn’t always give medals. For example, assume a particular entry is given a rating that equates to a Silver medal. If the category that book was entered in did not have any other qualifying entries, then it would simply be awarded the Silver medal. Its award level would not be increased due to lack of competition. On the other hand, if that category had two books that had been rated in the Silver medal range, then those books would be ranked with the top book garnering the Silver medal and the second winning a Bronze medal. If the two books had the exact same Silver rating, then both would be awarded the Silver medal. As a result, some categories will have more than 5 awards because of ties, and other categories will not be listed at all if no books received a score of finalist or above.

Readers' Favorite recognizes "Warden's Reign" by Parris Sheets in its annual international book award contest, currently available at

The Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities.

Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, we are able to break down our contest into 140+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America).

"When the right books are picked as winners we pay attention. We will be spreading the word about Readers' Favorite." --Karen A., Editor for Penguin Random House

Readers' Favorite is proud to announce that "Warden's Reign" by Parris Sheets won the Bronze Medal in the Young Adult - Fantasy - Epic category.

Follow this link to see the line up for the YA Epic Fantasy Winners:

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Sep 20, 2020

Congratulations Parris. You deserve it!

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