The BookFest Spring 2022 Announces Award Winners

April 15 21:42 2022
The BookFest Awards proudly salutes the winners of the inaugural BookFest Awards.

Los Angeles, CA – The BookFest® salutes the winners of the first BookFest Awards. The winners, announced at its 5th biannual virtual event, demonstrate excellence in the literary arts. The BookFest Awards honors writers who create outstanding works of fiction and nonfiction and is proud to salute the award-winning books and authors.

Desireé Duffy, Founder of The BookFest, says, “We’re blown away by all the wonderful submissions in the first biannual BookFest Awards. There were so many amazing stories, fascinating novels, and beautiful books. Congratulations to the honorees and thank you for your contribution to the literary world. Your voices are heard, are appreciated, and much-needed in our society.”

There were 364 books submitted for consideration. Books are judged using an array of criteria to evaluate story, message, genre, theme, and aesthetics. Awards are bestowed based on genre and subgenre, as well as other categories such as best cover art and best website. There are four levels of awards including first place, second place, third place and honorable mention.

The First Place Winners of The BookFest Awards Spring 2022 include these books:

100 Livestreaming & Digital Media Predictions; 50 States; A Break in the Fog; A Case for the Candle Maker; A Cold Wynter’s Knight; A Fatal Fumble; A Grownup Guide to Effective Crankiness; A Hundred Sweet Promises; Always a Princess; America of We The People; Baby Heart – Remembering Who I Am; Bacon Grief; Barbara And The Djinn; Barbies 4 Blokes; Battle Carried; Beauty Beyond the Thorns; Behavioral Astrology; Beyond the Shadows; Beyond the Shallow Bank; Beyond The Steps Of Stone; Birth of a Unicorn; Black Girl Shattered; Black Women Need Love Too; Black, White, and Gray All Over; Bluer than Indigo Leadership; Grocery Girl; Both Sides of the Border; Bowl of Night; Break Loose and Fly; Bull in a China Shop; Butterfly Awakens; Constellations; Cost of Arrogance; Create Forever Teammates; Crude Awakenings; Cute for a Black Girl; Dark River; Days of the Dead; Dead Cereus; Death’s Intern; Deehabta’s Song; Deprived Expression Vibes; Despite The Buzz; Don’t Mind Me, I’m Just Having a Bad Life; Dr. ALTMAN and THE CONCUBINES; Dragon Twins; Dragons Within; Dream Shatter; Duke of Renown; Dwelling; Embody; Enough About Me; Family Crystals; Fighting the Darkness; Fin; Find Your Voice, Save Your Life 3; Follows and Likes Is This All That I’m Worth?; From Tibet to Egypt; Ghosted; Glass House; Gloria Finds Her Voice; Glue; Groovy Girl; Hamlet in Baltimore; Help My Business Is Holding Me Hostage; Honoring the Legacy; Hot House; House of Bastiion; I Saw What I Saw; In This Room…; Independence; Inside Passage; Into a Reluctant Sunrise; JUMP; Kindness Week; Kingfisher; Laughers; Let’s Be Friends; Lovely Oblivion; Loyalty, Love & Vermouth; Make it a Double; Marketing Strategy; Mates and Memories; Monkeys on the Road; Moriarty; Multicultural Mindfulness; My Brother’s Keeper; Nighttime Fantasy; Ninety-Nine Fire Hoops; No Names to Be Given; Nowonderland; Oddball Ornaments; Our Church Mothers; Out of Poland – Novella; Outlaw’s Redemption; Overcoming; Paint Me Fearless; Pawprints On Our Hearts; Peculiar Savage Beauty; Perfectly Poetic; Plague of Flies; POEMZ 4 U AND YOURZ; Project Adventure Box Set; QUESTIONS; Radical Belonging; RECLAIMING THE SACRED SOURCE; Return from Darkness; River’s Call; Scatter Seeds of Kindness; Season of the Runer Book I; Secret of the Starflower; Secrets of the Permafree Book; Serve ‘N’ Protect; Sick as our Secrets; Sight Unseen; Signal 41; Silver; Skein of Fates; Sky Light Ends; Slavery 101; Star Revelations; Tears of the Wolf; Terriers in the Jungle; The 400-Year Holocaust; The 8 Qualities of the EXCEPTIONAL Black Woman in Business and Entrepreneurship; The Calorie Counting Diet plus 4 other books; The Darkest Gift – Revised edition; The Dragon From Guangzhou; The Drive To Freedom; The Enigma Threat; The Fate Unfollowed; The Flipping Blueprint; The Ghosts of Marshley Park; The Hero’s Journey; The Illusion of a Boy; The Ins and Outs of My Vagina; The Jump; The Kid Code; The Lambda Factor; The Lunar Codex; The Maestro Monologue; The Mayfly and the Methuselah Tree; The Mystery of Tully Hall; The Picture Wall; The Prayer Warrior; The Rescue; The Road to Villa Page; The Sweetest Ladybug; The Underground Dogs; THE VOYAGE; This Hallowed Ground; Time Stamps; To the Monsters of My Past; Toofer & The Giblet; Touch; Trailing Redemption; Trauma Survivor’s Guide to Coping With Panic Attacks; Trials and Tribulations of Modesty Greene; Tribal Affairs; Twinkle; Uncle Sam’s Daughter; Uncolonized Latinas; UNDER COLOR OF LAW; Unfortunate; Unsound; Using Japanese Paper for Digital Printing of Photographs; Voice of a Mummy; Waiting for Normal; When God Says NO; When Mommy’s Busy; When My Mind Winds Up; When the Words Suddenly Stopped; WHEN TO RUN, BORN SCARED; Wisdom; Writes of Passage.

Books submitted for consideration to The BookFest Awards are evaluated with a three-round judging system: first by an expert vetting team to ensure submitted work meets necessary criteria, then by The BookFest associate judging committee, and then final determinations are made by the executive BookFest Awards judging committee: Elaine Ash, Celeste S. Duckworth, Flo Selfman, and Elliott Wolf.

The entire list of BookFest Award honorees can be found on the Award Winners page.

The inaugural BookFest Awards also salutes Industry icon Irwin Zucker, Founder of the Book Publicists of SoCal and President of Promotion in Motion Public Relations, who received the first Honorary Achievement Award.

The next BookFest Awards for The BookFest Fall 2022 will be open for submissions soon. People are encouraged to register for email updates on the website to stay informed, and to join The BookFest Adventure Facebook Group.

The BookFest is produced by Black Château Enterprises and presented by Bookstagrammers, a platform dedicated to book influencers, and by Books That Make You, a bookish brand for bibliophiles.


The BookFest is the leader in virtual literary events and produces vital conversations on the world’s stage for those who love to read, and those who love to write. It launched May 2020 at a time when lockdown forced many live events to be cancelled. Free to attend, the biannual event happens in the spring and fall, and streams panel discussions, conversations, and live interactive sessions. As an award winner, The BookFest has recognitions from the Webby Awards with a nomination in 2021, a gold award from the Muse Creative Awards in 2020, and a silver award from the w3 Awards in 2020. The BookFest features an array of literary speakers, experts, and authors, which has included: Mitch Albom; Kevin J. Anderson; Mark Coker; Robert G. Diforio; Cheryl Willis Hudson; Wade Hudson; Sarah Kendzior; Jonathan Maberry; Lisa Morton; James Rollins; Connie Schultz; Michael Shermer; Mark K. Shriver; Danny Trejo; Helene Wecker; Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein, and many others. The BookFest is presented by Books That Make You and produced by Black Château Enterprises. The BookFest is a registered trademark of Desireé Duffy, who is the founder of all three.

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