Black Château, The BookFest®, and Sara Winokur Are Winners in 2020 MUSE Creative Awards

Black Château, The BookFest®, and Sara Winokur Are Winners in 2020 MUSE Creative Awards

With submissions numbering 4618 entries, submitted from more than 57 countries, Los Angeles-based marketing and public relations firm, Black Château, scores twice on behalf of its clients and projects.



Los Angeles, CA – Black Château takes a Gold and a Silver award in the 2020 Muse Creative Awards competition. The winning work was created by the Los Angeles-based Marketing and Public Relations firm that specializes in authors and book publicity, Black Château, for The BookFest Spring 2020, and for Sara Winokur’s cover art for her novel Double Blind: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders.

The BookFest Spring 2020, first held May 9, 2020 as the LA BookFest, wins in the Event category, under Festival/Carnival. The entry honors Art Director Dave Duffy, Website Designer Brian Bosch, as well as members of The BookFest team: A.G. Billig, Siddhi Jahagirdar, Bree Swider and Dacey Villarreal. The online event for booklovers and the writing community brought authors, journalists, business leaders, celebrities and their books to the forefront in the early days of Covid and social distancing.

Sara Winokur’s mystery novel Double Blind: The Icelandic Manuscript Murders wins in the Publication category, under Books. The entry honors Art Directors Dacey Villarreal and Dave Duffy, as well as the author for her creative vision. The book is a Nordic mystery thriller inspired by the author’s real experience as a genetic researcher and her travels to Iceland.

Desireé Duffy, Founder of Black Château and The BookFest, says, “It is an honor and a privilege to win not just one, but two awards from the 2020 MUSE Creative Awards. It is a testament to the creativity and hard work of the Black Château team, as well as the outstanding talent of our valued client Sara Winokur. Thank you to Kenjo Ong and the judges at the MUSE Creative Awards. It is amazing to be recognized among other outstanding brands like BMW, The Coca-Cola Company, Lotus Evija, Maybelline New York, Rolls-Royce, Tommy Hilfiger, and W Hotel, among others.”

See the winning entry for The BookFest, which won for the Spring Event in the Event: Festival/Carnival Category:

See the winning entry for Double Blind by Sara Winokur, which won in the Publication: Book Category:


Entries represented many international brands and agencies, such as Pan Pacific Hotels Group, IKEA, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Rolls-Royce, Les Ateliers Louis Moinet, Dell Technologies Education Services, Penghu Tourism Bureau, BMW, World Vision International, The Coca-Cola Company, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Tommy Hilfiger, Maybelline New York, Concord Hospitality Enterprises Company, W Hotel, Lotus Evija, Mandarin Oriental Jumeira Hotel Dubai, Zhangjiagang Marriott Hotel, Player One Trailers, Puma Football, Canon Singapore Pte Ltd, Pingtung County Government Taiwan, and PUREBLINK, which rank among the winners for this year’s competition.

Under the administration of the International Awards Associate (IAA), the awards are judged by a panel of professionals, who have received accolades in international settings. IAA oversees awards and recognition programs, assembles judging panels, and sets rigorous standards for both competitions.

The 56 judges for this year’s competitions were from 22 countries. These exceptional professionals belong to leading companies in the creative and digital industry from around the world, including notable groups such as: Tiago do Vale Architects, Neil Poulton Industrial Design, Icona Design, ATELIER CENTRAL, Eleven Inc., Cutwater, MUH-TAY-ZIK / HOF-FER, Grayling, Saatchi & Saatchi NY, Coley Porter Bell, and ADBRAIN Inc..

All entries are evaluated based on their respective industry’s standards. During blind judging, panelists look at factors such as the quality and effectiveness of concepts utilized, then they select winners from a deep pool of international submissions.

The MUSE Creative Awards are international competitions catered to professionals from the creative and design industries, who help foster new horizons for their industries. “It is our privilege, as always, to honor these remarkable individuals,” says Kenjo Ong, CEO of the competition. “They have more than earned their achievements.”



Black Château is an award-winning marketing and public relations agency located in Southern California. It specializes in promoting authors, books, small press, personality brands, and creative individuals from around the world with a full-spectrum of services. The company’s motto is: We believe in storytellers. For more, visit

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