CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THE 2022 AWA WINNERS AND FINALISTS!
"Getting a positive review from americanwritingawards.com was great for my book. It opened doors to the media attention that previously didn't exist, gave me instant credibility as an author, provided an avenue for awards, and...it increased sales. My awards and review are just the beginning of the many ways my small investment with americanwritingawards.com is paying off."
Craig Ohlau, author of The Sons of Chester and Kings of the County League
"Still on Cloud 9 about having my book selected as WINNER of one of the three History categories by the 2022 American Writing Awards. The amazing story of the C.R. Patterson and Sons Company—the first Black automobile manufacturers—is taking me places that I never could have imagined. I can’t wait to share the story on the big screen."
Christopher Nelson, author of The C.R. Patterson and Sons Company: Black Pioneers in the Building Industry, 1865-1939
"I feel honored to have been chosen as a Hawthorne Prize shortlister, especially with my novel being about a young Filipino-American girl, as in not super mainstream. It speaks volumes about the respect that your judging panel has for diversity in stories and in writers. I am so grateful for this opportunity!"
Maritza Refuerzo, Author of Groovy Girl
"I am honored to receive the American Writing Award.
When I heard about the American Writing Awards a few years back, I was encouraged by my family to enter. When I won a finalist award in 2021 for my first love story, I was not only thrilled, but it also gave me a sense of validation, beyond just family and friends, that my writing was deemed a worthy effort by others. I won another finalist award the following year in the Legacy category.
Receiving these awards from the AWA has meant a great deal to me. When working in the self-publishing realm, creating covers and editing one’s own material can be a daunting task at times even with the help and encouragement of family and friends. The awards lift the spirit, put wind in your writing sails and help make the difficult writing days palatable.
Since receiving the awards and placing the seals on the covers and within my website (www.jmdprods.com), more occurrences have transpired. It has opened new worlds to me. I was recognized with my own display at our local bookstore. I was asked to present a writing and publishing class at our library, and am in a writers group there as well that looks to me for encouragement and suggestions. The exposure AWA adds along with winning an award will broadcast my books beyond what I could achieve on my own. And hopefully, make it possible someday to have one turned into a movie as so many readers have suggested to me that they should.
It is rewarding to be able to assist others in developing their own writing, due in part because the awards have lent an additional level of acceptance and recognition among my peers as well as my readers.
I would encourage anyone to enter the contests. There are enough categories that you will find a place for your book."
~James M. DeHaven, author of TERRAGON STAR DATE 2050 and A Love Lost in Time
"Special love and thanks goes out to the American Writing Awards for considering and believing in our words, photographs, and illustrations - thank you for helping a dream full circle to reality.
Much Peace, Love, and Gratitude."
~Joseph McGovern (J.A. McGovern), author of Perception