4th Annual Royal Dragonfly Book Award Winners Announced

CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2013) - Five Star Publications, Inc. has announced the winners of the 2013 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards. Diamond Fields by Randall Reneau has earned this year's $300 Grand Prize as well as a First Place designation for the Fiction: Novel category. The Knighting of Sir Kaye by Don M. Winn won First Place for Children's Chapter Books and the drawing for $100 in which each first-place winner is entered.

Other first-place winners included: Dear Little One by Christina L. Thomas for the Activity Books category; The Do's and Don'ts by Hayley Rose for the Best Photography/Illustrations category; Crypto-Punk by George Traikovich for the Children's Chapter Books category (tie); End of the Rainbow Fruit Salad by Eluka Moore, Larry Puzniak, and Marianne Welsh for the Children's Picture Books (5 & Younger) category; Bubblegum Princess by Julie Gribble for the Children's Picture Books (6 & Older); Sneezing Seasons: The Inside Story about Allergies and Immunology by Gail Galvan for the Health, Diet, Nutrition category; A Cruel Calm: Paris Between The Wars by Patricia Daly-Lipe for the Historical Fiction category; Danny Celebrates Advent by Dr. Jennifer Grenardo for the Newbie Award (first time author, fiction) category; Through Frankie's Eyes by Barbara Techel for the Pets, Animals category; Stellarella! It's Saturday! by Deborah W. Dykes for the Religion, Spirituality, Philosophy category; Firestar: Krisalys Chronicles of Feyree: Scroll 3 by Claudia Newcorn for the Science Fiction & Fantasy & Paranormal category; Magikal Molly Day by Amy Lloyd for the Self-Help, Inspirational category; Questions: Directions to Who You Are by Tim W. Turner for the Self-Help, Inspirational category; Pond Ghosts by Alene Adele Roy for the Young Adult Fiction category; TeenCoder: Java Programming by Homeschool Programming, Inc. for both the Education and Text Books categories: and TeenCoder: Android Programming by Homeschool Programming, Inc. for both the Science & Technology and How-To categories.

"We had a very tight competition this year and our judges definitely had their work cut out for them," says Linda F. Radke, president of Five Star Publications, Inc., which coordinates the contest. "I want to extend my sincerest congratulations to our winners."

For a complete list of winners that includes second-placers and honorable mentions, visit www.RoyalDragonflyBookAwards.com and click on "Winners." The next Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest is already underway. Submissions postmarked August 1, 2014 or earlier are eligible for the Early Bird reward: a free e-copy of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing or Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show written by Radke. Final deadline for submissions is October 1, 2014.

The Early Bird deadline for the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards Contest, which recognizes outstanding children's literature, is March 1, 2014. The final deadline is May 1, 2014. For complete rules and submission forms for either contest, visit www.FiveStarBookAwards.com and click on the contest of choice.

Story Monster Approved, Five Star's newest awards program, identifies quality children's books that have been kid-tested and judge-certified, making it easier for buyers to choose exceptional fiction and nonfiction books that parents will approve and youths will enthusiastically devour. Authors interested in having their books considered for the Story Monster Approved designation should visit www.StoryMonsters.com and download an entry form. Story Monster Approved Books are announced quarterly. The deadline to be considered for the next announcement is January 14, 2014. Submissions postmarked by November 14, 2013 receive a free e-copy of The Economical Guide to Self-Publishing or Promote Like a Pro: Small Budget, Big Show.

To learn more about Five Star Publications, celebrating 28 years in business in Chandler, Ariz., access www.FiveStarPublications.com, email info@FiveStarPublications.com or call 480-940-8182.