The Fourth Annual 2020 Book Blogger Awards: Rules and Categories!

The awards are back again!!

I’m so excited to be hosting the Book Blogger Awards again this year, and I can’t wait to see all the blogger love and appreciation start pouring in! But before we dive into the specifics, I have a few short announcements:

First of all, as I mentioned earlier: this year, I have a co-host, who is none other than my absolutely lovely friend Marie @ Drizzle and Hurricane Books! I was so honored that she said yes to my offer, because she’s someone I look up to so much, and also a blogger who has the same passion as I do for supporting other bloggers.

Second of all, we’re implementing some new changes/limitations in order to make this year’s awards better than last year’s! Hopefully, this means more bloggers will get the love. So please pay attention to all the rules to make sure you don’t miss anything!

Finally, this year Kat @ Novels and Waffles was able to make some stunning graphics for us, so all of the logos, promo images, etc. are all by her!! Please go follow her blog, commission her, and give her some love because she deserves it all.

Click for a quick access to each category!
Click for BLM resources.

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BBA 2020 Promo Image

The Book Blogger Awards were first created and hosted by Joce @ Write Through the Night in 2017. When she quit blogging in 2019, I began hosting them, and starting this year, Marie and I are co-hosting!

When we think or talk about the book community online, more often than not, we think about booktubers and bookstagrammers. They are the ones being recognized the most by awards, they are the ones we highlight first when we talk about book influencers.

They might be forgotten, at times, but book bloggers are a massive part of the bookish community online, too and, with these awards, we wanted to celebrate, recognize and uplift the incredible work of book bloggers specifically, working tirelessly to boost books through what some people would think is an “old school” medium, but is still, very very much thriving: a blog. 

So, dear book bloggers, writing blog posts until dawn, boosting books you love and authors you adore with your words and all of your heart: these awards are for you.

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Though there are a few changes to how this works/rules/categories, most of it is pretty much what Joce put in place before us, both because her process worked so well and to honor her!

berry 2  ROUND 1: NOMINATIONS  berry 1

  • When: June 28 (today) – July 26 @ 11:59 PM CDT
  • What: During these four weeks, you can nominate bloggers for each award category.
  • How: Write a post with your nominations—include a link back to this post or Marie’s post and comment the link to your post to make sure that we won’t miss it! OR submit your nominations through THIS GOOGLE FORM. It is strongly encouraged that you write a nominations post, in order to better promote and support bloggers, but it’s okay to use the form instead!
  • Check the Voting Round Limitations for more details.

THE TOP 4 BLOGGERS OF EACH AWARD CATEGORY (those with the most nominations for that category) WILL THEN MOVE ON TO:

berry 2  ROUND 2: VOTING  berry 1

  • When: August 2 – August 16 @ 11:59 PM CDT
  • What: During this week, you can vote for one of the top bloggers of each category.
  • How: On August 2, at 7 AM CDT, Marie and I will publish a blog post that only has a Google form embedded in it, plus a link to it, and you can vote for your top choices through this form.

THE WINNER OF EACH AWARD CATEGORY (blogger with the most nominations for that category) WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN:

berry 2  RESULTS  berry 1

  • When: during the week of August 30th
  • What: A blog post announcing and dedicated to the winners, with the amazing things you all have said about them!!

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(Most of these are directly from Joce’s 2018 post.)

berry 2  NOMINATIONS  berry 1

Pay special attention to the ones marked with an asterisk (*).

  • All nominees MUST BE BOOK BLOGGERS. 
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to nominate/vote for others.
  • *You can nominate up to three (3) bloggers for each category.
  • *You can nominate the same blogger up to three (3) times.
  • *1/3 of your nominations MUST be small bloggers (bloggers with 500 or less followers at the time of your nomination).
  • You do not have to nominate a blogger for every category. 
  • Nominated blogs must have been active during at least the last four months.
  • Make sure that the blogger(s) you nominate for each category actually fit that category.
  • Please try to nominate as many different bloggers as you can, instead of nominating the same ones over and over again! (Note: If a blogger won an award previously, nominating them for the same award means that they will be put in the Hall of Fame—they cannot win it again.)
  • In your nominations, include the blogger’s name, their blog’s name, and a link to their blog. (Preferred format: May @ Forever and Everly.) It isn’t required, but it would be so lovely if you wrote a description for each blogger on why you chose to nominate them for that category!
  • To reiterate, you can nominate people by writing a post or through the google form. Tag your nomination posts with #2020BookBloggerAwards, and comment the link to your post.


  • You must vote in at least half of the categories—12 out of 24—or none of your votes will count.
  • A blogger will not appear in more than 2 categories in the voting round.
  • A blogger can only win 1 award category.

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Though most are pretty self-explanatory, please don’t hesitate to ask any questions about what these categories entail! Specific qualifications/descriptions are included in parentheses.

berry 2  BEST OF THEIR AGE  berry 1

  • Best Pre-Teen/Teen Book Blogger (13-19)
  • Best Adult Book Blogger (20+)

berry 2  BEST GENRE BLOGGERS  berry 1

  • Young Adult
  • Middle Grade or Younger
  • New Adult / General Adult
  • Romance
  • Science Fiction / Fantasy
  • Literary Fiction / Classics / Poetry
  • Mystery / Thriller

berry 2  BEST OF BOOK BLOGGING  berry 1

  • Best Book Reviews
  • Best Book Recommendations
  • Best Discussion Posts
  • Best Blog Aesthetic
  • Best Blogging/Writing Voice

berry 2  MISCELLANEOUS  berry 1

  • Most Helpful (someone who posts thoughtful blogging guides/advice)
  • Most Supportive (someone who always shares others’ posts in wrap-ups/has kind comments/boosts other bloggers with initiatives, etc.)
  • Most Engaged in the Community
  • Most Creative (creative/original posts)
  • Best Social Media Influencer
  • Best Personality
  • Friendliest Member of the Community
  • Best at Promoting Diverse Books

berry 2  MOST IMPORTANTLY  berry 1

  • Best New Book Blogger (started blog after August 2019)
  • Best Overall Book Blogger [two winners!]
  • *We took out Best Small Book Blogger this year, because we wanted to make sure that people aren’t voting for small bloggers ONLY in this category and instead throughout the categories as a whole, but if the result is unsatisfactory, we will reevaluate for next year!

berry 2  HALL OF FAME  berry 1

BBA Hall of Fame Skinny

  • This isn’t a category you can nominate someone for, but it’s something new we want to try, courtesy of the lovely person who suggested this in last year’s feedback form! (If this was you, please let us know so we can properly credit you!)
  • The Hall of Fame is reserved for bloggers who receive enough nominations to move on to the voting round for an award they previously won. We really want to showcase a variety of bloggers, instead of having the same bloggers win the same awards every year—but this way, we still get to recognize them!
  • Ex: Marie won Best Overall Book Blogger last year. Say she gets enough nominations to move into the voting round for the same category this year. Instead of going to the voting round, she’ll be replaced with the blogger with the next highest amount of nominations and be included in the results as a “Hall of Famer” for Best Overall Book Blogger.

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SURPRISE! Marie is the kindest person in the history of the universe, and because of her, we’ll be hosting a giveaway this year!!

This giveaway is meant to be an incentive for participating in these awards and therefore helping boost book bloggers. You’ll receive entries for the giveaway by promoting not only the awards but also the bloggers involved! You can win THE BOOK OF YOUR CHOICE!

  • This giveaway is opened INTERNATIONALLY (as long as Book Depository ships to you).
  • You must be 18 years old, or have your parents’ consent to give out your mailing address. Your mailing address will only be used for the purposes of this giveaway and will not be kept.
  • This giveaway is open from June 28th, 2020 to August 16th, 2020, 11:59 p.m CDT. The giveaway winner will be notified by email and via social media. If the winner doesn’t answer within 48h, another winner will be picked out.

Click the image below, or enter here!

BBA 2020 Giveaway

shall we chat

are you excited? will you be participating in this year’s awards? if you want to help spread the word, use our custom url!

if you have any questions or concerns, please voice them! there probably isn’t much we can do this year to change any issues you may have, but please know that Marie and I had lengthy discussions on how to make this year’s awards as inclusive as possible. and some things we try this year may not work out the way we want and we will reevaluate!

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132 thoughts on “The Fourth Annual 2020 Book Blogger Awards: Rules and Categories!

  1. OMG, this is SO exciting!!! I LOVE how organized everything is and I adore the categories and all the possibilities that will be available this year. 😍✨👏🏻
    Thanks to you and the girls who take the time to create this, it’s super sweet and I can see the love and the effort. 🥺🥺🥺
    I can’t wait to nominate my beloved book bloggers fellows ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  2. This is so exciting since this is the first time I actually do not miss these awards.🙈 I’ll definitely write a nomination post and rave all about my favourite book blogs, haha. 😂💖 I also really appreciate the time both you and Marie put into this and the illustrations are awesome!! Supporting fellow book bloggers (small and big) is a great thing and I like that these awards focus on that. 😊

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    1. yay!! i’m so happy you get the chance to participate this year 💗 and i’m so excited to see your nominations! thank you so much, that’s exactly the mindset we went into this with and we can’t wait to see all the book blogger love pour in 🥺

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  3. thank you so so much for hosting these again this year!!! I’m so so so excited and it’s the perfect excuse for me to finally finish that elusive post that I’ve been planning for a while to shout out all the amazing bloggers I know. I also love the new changes because they give other bloggers a chance to win, and kind of forces us to talk about lesser known bloggers instead of the popular ones. So great job to you and Marie and again, thank you guys so much 💖✨🥺

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    1. aah rukky! you are so sweet 💕 i can’t wait to see your nominations post and get to be introduced to so many great bloggers!! and AAHH i was really worried about the new changes, so i’m glad that you love them & understand the motive behind them 🥺🥺

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  4. I am so so so excited for this May!!!! This is so great because it gives us a chance to talk about tons of amazing blogs and to discover new ones. I can’t wait to write my nomination post 💕💕

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    Honestly. participating in the Annual book blogger awards last year was one of the highlights of my blogging year. Not only did the awards introduce me to some seriously beautiful and positive blogs but I made so many never friends within the community. I’m so excited to spread some more love for the amazing bloggers on the interwebs.

    I cannot wait to get started – thank you so much May and Marie for taking over the reins and making the awards a highlight of my year. Also – those graphics are amazing! Kat did such a beautiful job! 💙

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    1. oh, alexandra!! hearing this makes me so so happy 😭 thank you so much for your kind words, and i’m really glad to hear that the awards last year helped you to find new blogs and make new friends! that truly is the goal of them <3

      i am so excited to see your nominations! and yes, kat did so well with them 🥺

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  6. Wait wait WAITTTT A SECOND!! HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS?!? THIS SOUNDS AWESOMMEEEE! Yayyyy! So so excited for the blogger awards. And May, I love how everything is soo well organised! You and Marie really have done an awesome job at it! LOVE YOUUUU!! ❤️❤️❤️😇😍

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