Genres and Subgenres (Suggested Niches and Keywords) to Help Promote Your Entry

Some genres listed may reappear throughout the list, indicating cross-genre status.  These are just suggestions that you may use to describe your title. These selections are optional choices that are designated to enhance the chances that your book will get additional exposure through the New Book Awards program judging and review process. Which genres, niches and keywords describe yours?

Nonfiction Genres

 

These are genres belonging to the realm of nonfiction. Some genres listed may reappear throughout the list, indicating cross-genre status.

 

  • Biography

  • Memoir

    • Autobiographical novel

    • Bildungsroman

    • Slave narrative

      • Contemporary slave narrative

      • Neo-slave narrative

    • Spiritual autobiography

  • Creative nonfiction

  • Diaries and Journals

  • Erotic literature

  • Essay, Treatise

  • Fable, Fairy tale, Folklore

  • History

    • Popular history

    • People's history

    • Official history

    • Academic history

    • Narrative history

    • Whig history

  • Letter

  • Religious text

    • Apocalyptic

    • Apocrypha

    • Apologetics

    • Autograph

    • Biography

      • Autobiography

    • Blessing

    • Canon

    • Chant

    • Commentary

    • Confession

    • Covenant

    • Creed

    • Critique

      • Canonical Criticism

      • Form Criticism

      • Higher Criticism

      • Historical Criticism

      • Lower Criticism

      • Narrative Criticism

      • Postmodern Criticism

      • Psychological Criticism

      • Redaction Criticism

      • Rhetorical Criticism

      • Socio-scientific Criticism

      • Source Criticism

      • Textual Criticism

    • Cult Literature

    • Curse

    • Didactic

      • Dialetic

      • Rabbinic

      • Aporiaic

      • Elenctic

    • Epistle

      • Pauline Epistle

      • General Epistle

      • Encyclical

    • Gospel

    • Homily

    • History

      • Narrative

      • Genealogy

      • Royal

      • Prophetic

    • Koan

    • Lament

    • Law

      • Ceremonial

      • Family

      • Levitical

      • Moral

      • Natural

      • Royal Decree

      • Social

    • Lectionary

    • Liturgy

    • Manuscript

    • Morality Play

    • Mysticism

    • Narrative

      • Erotic

      • Historical

      • Horror

      • Pilgrim

      • Mystery

      • Redemption Story

    • Occult Literature

    • Origin Story

    • Parable

    • Prayer

    • Poetry

    • Philosophy

      • Philosophical Theology

      • Philosophy of Religion

      • Metaphysics

      • Religious Epistemology

      • Hebrew Poetry

      • Erotic

    • Prophecy

      • Blessing/Curse

      • Messianic Prophecy

      • Divinitory

      • Oracle

        • Woe Oracle

      • Predictive

      • Typology

      • Vision

    • Proverbs

    • Psalms

      • Confession

      • Imprecatory Psalm

      • Lament

      • Liturgy

      • Pilgrim Song

      • Praise

      • Prophecy

      • Royal Psalm

      • Thanksgiving

      • Wisdom Psalm

    • Revelation

      • Natural Revelation

      • Special Revelation

    • Scientific writing

    • Scripture

    • Song

      • Dirge

      • Hymn

      • Praise

    • Testament

    • Theology

      • Apologetic Theology

      • Bibliology

      • Biblical Theology

      • Cosmology

      • Christology

      • Ecclesiology

      • Eschatology

      • Hamartiology

      • Pneumatology

      • Prolegomena

      • Mariology

      • Natural Theology

      • Soteriology

      • Theology Proper

      • Theo-mythology

    • True crime

    • Wisdom Literature

    • Woe

    • Buddhist texts

      • Lotus Sutra

      • Tripitaka

    • Christian literature

      • Apocrypha

      • Encyclical

      • New Testament

      • Old Testament

      • Patristic

        • Anti-Nicene

        • Post-Nicene

      • Pseudepigripha

    • Hindu Literature

      • Vedas

      • Bhagavad Gita

    • Islamic literature

      • Quran

      • Haddith

    • Jewish Literature

      • Torah

      • Nevi'im

      • Ketuvim

      • Talmud

      • Kabala

    • Occult

      • Incantation

      • Spell

  • Philosophy

References

Fiction Genres 

Including Literary Love (non-categorical or experimental)

Be creative yet specific to the description and spin you want to give your book (inclusive of title and marketing).

 

  • Adventure novel

    • Epic

    • Imaginary voyage

    • Lost World

    • Men's adventure

    • Milesian tale

    • Picaresque novel (picaresco)

    • Robinsonade

      • Apocalyptic robinsonade

      • Science fiction robinsonade

    • Sea story

  • Brit lit

  • Children's literature

    • Young-adult fiction

      • Class S

      • Light novel

  • Comic novel

    • Black comedy

    • Parody

    • Romantic comedy

    • Satire

    •  - Picaresque novel

    •  - Political satire

  • Education fiction

    • Campus novel

      • Campus murder mystery

    • School story

    • Varsity novel

  • Experimental fiction

    • Antinovel

    • Ergodic literature

  • Erotic fiction

    • Erotic romance

    • Picaresque novel (picaresco)

    • Women's erotica

    • Graphic Novel

  • Historical fiction

    • Historical romance

      • Metahistorical romance

    • Historical whodunnit

    • Holocaust novel

    • Plantation tradition

    • Prehistoric fiction

    • Regency novel

      • Regency romance

  • Literary fiction

  • Mathematical fiction

  • Metafiction

  • Nonfiction novel

    • Biographical novel

      • Autobiographical novel

        • Semi-autobiographical novel

          • I novel

    • Bildungsroman

    • Slave narrative

      • Contemporary slave narrative

      • Neo-slave narrative

  • Occupational fiction

    • Hollywood novel

    • Legal thriller

    • Medical fiction

      • Medical romance

    • Musical fiction

    • Lab lit

    • Sports fiction

  • Philosophical fiction

    • Existentialist fiction

    • Novel of ideas

    • Philosophical horror

    • Platonic Dialogues

  • Political fiction

    • Political satire

  • Pulp fiction

  • Quantum fiction

  • Religious fiction

    • Christian fiction

      • Christian science fiction

      • Contemporary Christian fiction

    • Islamic fiction

    • Jewish Fiction[3]

  • Saga

    • Family saga

  • Speculative fiction

    • Science fiction

      • Hard science fiction

      • Soft science fiction

      • Space opera

      • Military

      • Punk

        • Cyberpunk

          • Biopunk

          • Nanopunk

          • Postcyberpunk

        • Steampunk

          • Clockpunk

          • Dieselpunk

          • Atompunk

      • Dystopian

      • Alternative universe

        • Alternative history

      • Post-apocalyptic

      • Alien invasion

      • Scientific romance

    • Horror

      • Gothic fiction

        • Southern Gothic

      • Supernatural / Paranormal

        • Ghost story

        • Monster literature

          • Jiangshi fiction

          • Vampire fiction

          • Werewolf fiction

        • Cosmic (Lovecraftian)

        • Occult detective

      • Psychological

      • Erotic

      • Body horror

        • Splatterpunk

    • Fantasy

      • by Theme

        • Comic fantasy

        • Dark fantasy

        • Contemporary fantasy

        • Heroic fantasy

        • Magic realism

        • Fantasy of manners

        • Mythic

        • Paranormal fantasy

        • Shenmo fantasy

        • Superhero fantasy

        • Sword and sorcery

      • By setting

        • Epic / High fantasy

        • Low fantasy

        • Hard fantasy

        • Historical fantasy

          • Prehistoric fantasy

          • Medieval fantasy

          • Wuxia

        • Urban fantasy

          • Paranormal romance

    • Speculative cross-genre fiction

      • Science fantasy

        • Planetary romance

          • Sword and planet

      • Dying Earth

      • Weird fiction

  • Suspense fiction

    • Crime fiction

    • Detective fiction

    • Gong'an fiction

    • Mystery fiction

  • Westerns

  • Women's fiction

    • Class S

    • Femslash

    • Matron literature

    • Romance novel

    • Yaoi

    • Yuri

  • Workplace tell-all

  • Tragedy

    • Melodrama

  • Urban fiction

  • Thriller

    • mystery fiction

    • Legal thriller

    • Medical thriller

    • Political thriller

      • Spy fiction

    • Psychological thriller

    • Techno-thriller

  • General cross-genre

    • Historical romance

    • Juvenile fantasy

    • LGBT pulp fiction

      • Gay male pulp fiction

      • Lesbian pulp fiction

      • Lesbian erotica fiction

    • Paranormal romance

    • Romantic fantasy

    • Tragicomedy

 

© 2019 by the New Book Awards, promoting author independence

   Success Media and Awards Judge Org (AJO) program managers

2019 Finals Rounds Judging 12/12

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Earlybird Entry 2020 Deadline is:

1st Round 1/31/2020

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