CBR Blue Ribbon Awards Contests follow the Guidelines, Rules, and Definitions of the Romance Writers of America and the Mystery Writers associations.
Published Novel means a work of fiction of at least 40,000 words (as determined by computer word count) that is offered for sale in a readable or audio format to the general public by a publisher for which the author receives payment as stipulated in a written contract from a publisher, and for which the author does not participate in the costs of production in any manner, including but not limited to publisher assessment of a fee or other costs for editing, preparation, and/or distribution.
Self Published/Independently Published Novels
A novel that the publisher withholds or seeks full or partial payment or reimbursement of publication or distribution costs before paying royalties, including payment of paper, printing, binding, production, sales or marketing costs. The work is exclusively promoted and/or sold by the author or have distribution that is primarily directed toward sales to the author, his/her relatives and/or associates. These works are considered to be self-published or independently published. Novel entries with less than 40,000 words may be disqualified.