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Common Fiction Genres

•Classic – fiction that has become part of an accepted literary canon, widely taught in schools

•Crime/detective – fiction about a crime, how the criminal gets caught, and the repercussions

of the crime

•Erotic Fiction –  deals with sex or sexual themes

•Fable – narration demonstrating a useful truth, especially in which animals speak as humans;

legendary, supernatural tale

•Fairy tale – story about fairies or other magical creatures

•Fan fiction – fiction written by a fan of, and featuring characters from, a particular TV series,

movie, or book

•Fantasy – fiction with strange or otherworldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension

of reality

•Historical fiction – story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting

•Horror – fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread and sometimes fear in both

the characters and the reader

•Humor – Usually a fiction full of fun, fancy, and excitement, meant to entertain and sometimes

cause intended laughter; but can be contained in all genres

•Legend – story, sometimes of a national or folk hero, that has a basis in fact but also includes imaginative material

•Magical realism  – story where magical or unreal elements play a natural part in an otherwise realistic environment

•Meta fiction – also known as romantic irony in the context of Romantic works of literature, uses self-reference to draw attention to itself as a work of art, while exposing the "truth" of a story

•Mystery – this is fiction dealing with the solution of a crime or the unraveling of secrets

•Mythology – legend or traditional narrative, often based in part on historical events, that reveals human behavior and natural phenomena by its symbolism; often pertaining to the actions of the gods

•Mythopoeia – fiction in which characters from religious mythology, traditional myths, folklore and/or history are recast into a re-imagined realm created by the author

•Picture book – picture storybook is a book with very little words and a lot of pictures, picture stories are usually for little kids

•Realistic fiction – story that is true to life

•Romance - primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people

•Science fiction – story based on the impact of actual, imagined, or potential science, usually set in the future or on other planets

•Short story – fiction of such brevity that it supports no subplots

•Suspense/thriller – fiction about harm about to befall a person or group and the attempts made to evade the harm

•Tall tale – humorous story with blatant exaggerations, such as swaggering heroes who do the impossible with nonchalance

•Western  – set in the American Old West frontier and typically set in the late eighteenth to late nineteenth century


Common Nonfiction Genres

•Biography/autobiography  – narrative of a person's life; a true story about a real person

•Essay  – a short literary composition that reflects the author's outlook or point.

•Memoir  – factual story that focuses on a significant relationship between the writer and a person, place, or object; reads like a short novel

•Narrative nonfiction/personal narrative  – factual information about a significant event presented in a format which tells a story

•Self-help book  – information with the intention of instructing readers on solving personal problems.

•Textbook  – authoritative and detailed factual description of a topic.


It is important for an author or submitting publisher to ensure they choose the correct common genre and/or subgenre for their novel. Genres are evolving all the time. If in doubt  or if not represented in our list simply choose the nearest genre that reflects your book.

Please use the classifications below when submitting your titles.

Now in its 5th year the Millennium Book Award goes from strength to strength whilst still maintaining the ethos upon which it was founded. Limited to 1000 submissions in each year we are proud to have honoured the brightest and best in the world of indie and traditional publishing and neither favour or make a distinction between the two. Every author who submits a title for consideration does so on merit. The award celebrates and recognizes exceptional writing. Not the size of an author’s following, their social media reach or the fervour generated by a substantial marketing budget. We also believe that awards should mean something and don’t offer a vast array of genre prizes in return for an exorbitant entrance fee where authors are all but guaranteed an award. In short the Millennium Book Award continues to grow as an award readers can trust.

Katrina Shawver Jamie Zerndt Mary Morony Jennifer Chase Nathan Hurst Peter S Rush

Announcing The Millennium Book Award Honorary Judges 2019

Mary Morony

Nathan M Hurst

Jamie Zerndt

Jennifer Chase

Karina Shawver

Peter S Rush

Mary Morony writes about tragedy from the inside and guides her readers through it to compassion, humor, and recovery. She brings Southern charm, irreverence and wit to bear on subjects as vast as racism and as personal as alcoholism; always with a heart and soul that continues to make her work undeniably appealing.

Katrina Shawver wrote hundreds of newspaper columns over eleven years for The Arizona Republic, holds a B.A. from the University of Arizona in English/Political Science and has excelled at the School of Trial and Error! She is the winner of the Millennium Book Award 2018

James Zerndt is the author of THE CLOUD SEEDERS, THE KOREAN WORD FOR BUTTERFLY, and BRAILLING FOR WILE. His short story, "THIS JERKWATER LIFE", was recently chosen as an Editor's Pick in Amazon's Kindle Singles store. He received an MFA in Writing from Pacific University.

Peter S. Rush is a graduate of Brown University and has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Florida.  He was a newspaper reporter, magazine editor, Peace Corps volunteer, and a police officer.  He is currently CEO of a global management firm.

Jennifer has found her niche in the writing world by integrating another passion, criminology, into her work. She holds a bachelors degree in police forensics and a masters in criminology, academic pursuits that developed out of her curiosity about the criminal mind

Nathan  has worked as a software developer and technical manager for many years whilst maintaining an avid enthusiasm for aviation and astronautics. With a  passion for science-fiction and adventure stories of all varieties from an early age his love for books turned into a passion for writing.

Winner of the 2018 Millennium Book Award


Powerful and riveting Shawver’s Holocaust biography casts a haunting and uninterrupted spell over her readers as she takes them on a harrowing journey into the darkest moments of the last century. A time and place that will forever be engrained in the annals of history it’s flawlessly written with a timely clarity which proves wholly enthralling throughout but as with any biography of note, it’s the subject we are first and foremost drawn to. With lucid and acerbic prose Shawver gives voice to Henry Zguda’s innermost thoughts and memories and the result proves quite remarkable.