As they say a picture is indeed worth a thousand words and in this case an International Book Award in recognition of excellence in writing.


I received an e-mail late last week that notified me of the following:


Readers’ Favorite recognizes “Odes on Ali” in its 2016 International Book Awards Contest.

The Readers’ Favorite 2016 International Book Awards Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries.

“Readers’ Favorite is proud to announce that “Odes on Ali” by David A. Bates is a Honorable Mention in the Poetry – General category in our 2016 International Book Awards Contest.”



Only three books were awarded a higher rating in this category than “Odes on Ali” and I couldn’t be prouder of the response and recognition that my first offering as an author has received thus far. This award symbol is another badge of honor that “Odes on Ali” will proudly display going forward. I am extremely grateful to Readers’ Favorite for the honor. Readers’ Favorite will hold their awards ceremony here in Miami on Saturday November 19th in conjunction with the Miami Book Fair being held during that same week through Sunday the 20th. Readers’ Favorite will have a booth at the book fair with all of the 2016 award winning books on display. I look forward to meeting, and welcoming to South Florida, my fellow award winning authors who are able to attend. It looks like a full weekend between the awards ceremony on Saturday the 19th and manning my own spot on Writer’s Row at the Book Fair on Sunday the 20th. I can’t wait! It should be a great weekend.