Thank you once again for everything you do within this industry. The evergreen categories are for any books published since january 1. The majority of selfpublished book awards dont confer any benefit to the author, other than a seal that winners often must pay for. I entered my first book in the wishing shelf independent book awards for 20. The living now book awards are designed to honor those kinds of lifechanging books, and to bring increased recognition to the years best lifestyle, homestyle, worldimprovement. Mar 09, 2012 for instance, the usa best book awards and the international book awards, both sponsored by jpx media.
Official best indie book awards 2020 submissions biba. Book awards for selfpublished authors publishers weekly. Created by a team of veteran producers and tech experts. For the regional, ebook, and outstanding category medalists, click the links below. Whistler independent book awards, new in 2016, is open to canadian selfpublished authors. Having that recognition with an award can make your job much. Out of the blue, i received a flier in my mailbox about the independent publisher book awards. Entries are limited to independently indie published books, including those from small presses, ebook publishers, and selfpublished authors. Top 10 self published book awards for independent authors legitimate. To enter, fill in all applicable information below. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and selfpublished books released each year. With hundreds of thousands of selfpublished books hitting the shelves every year, indie authors need to find a way to stand out.
If that doesnt convince you, here are 20 independent publishers who are very successful and won literary awards. The list is supplied as information for authors and selfpublishers interested in pursuing awards and citations as a means to their own publishing goals. The independent publisher book awards were conceived in 1996 as a broadbased, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to independent authors and publishers worldwide who produce books intended for an english speaking audience. The event exists to recognize talent, not to enrich the organizers. Awardwinning authors tend to be more successful when it comes to finding a literary agent, getting a publisher, and selling more books. Featuring proven publishing tactics, expert advice, and inspiring success stories, the independent publisher covers the dos and donts, from writing and production to sales. Nine days later, we won another gold medal, this time at the next generation indie book awards after some discussion, we decided to attend both. The grass may always be greener but daydreaming about paths not taken isnt going to get you readers or improve your craft. While all independent author book awards programs work a bit. Book awards authors should enter westwind communications.
The winners of the 2006 independent publisher book awards the ippys were recently announced. Publishing and promoting book awards and contests which are legit and worth while. There are many legitimate publishers, hybrid publishers, and small press, especially in niche markets. Many, many academic and regional literary organizations give out awards each year that youve likely never heard of, which makes them much easier to win than.
Mar 16, 2015 publishing with a small press isnt a silver bullet. Defined this way, these presses make up approximately half of the market share of the book publishing industry. The top 10 awards for indie authors the wise ink blog. Westbow press did a nice job publishing the novel but did not market the book. The first phase of ippy awards judging is complete, and here is the list of semifinalists in this years 11th annual independent publisher book awards. Entries are limited to independently indie published books, including those from small presses, e. Book of the year awards contest the independent author.
Thanks to all of the independent authors and publishers who participated in our 24th annual, 2020 independent publisher book awards contest. Please refer to our disclosure policy for further information. The independent publisher book awards, also styled the ippy awards, is a set of annual book awards for independently published titles. The independent book publishing professionals group ibppg is an organization that aims to promote professional standards in independent book publishing also known as indie book publishing, and provide support and recognition for the independent book publishing profession ibppg cosponsors the next generation indie book awards, the largest notforprofit book. We will continue to work within the indie publishing industry to promote independent publishers. Cull with the intention of keeping creative literature alive. They aim to publish books that will give fresh insights into african and caribbean life, culture and literature.
Book awards for selfpublished authors the book designer. Independent publisher book award ippy conducted annually, the independent publisher book awards honor the years best independently published titles from around the world. Ayebia was founded in 2003 by ghanaianborn publisher, nana ayebia. They offer good support for winners on their site and through press releases, plus they make connections with the entertainment industry. A mong the dozens of awards for selfpublished books, there arent many that are worth winning. Literary book awards, writing contests and literary prizes anna pidruchney award for new writers awarded to a novice writer under the age of 35 for a literary work which includes ukrainian canadian characters or is based on a ukrainian canadian theme. The ippy conducted annually, the independent publisher book awards honor the years best independently published titles from around the world. Announcing 2007 independent publisher book awards semifinalists. And many of these contests are run by media groups that use them as a way to drum up business. Our focus as a literary press is to publish poetry, literary fiction, and nonfiction. Heres our list of reputable book publishing companies you might consider working with. Literary book awards, writing contests and literary prizes.
Conducted annually, the independent publisher book awards honor the years best independently published titles from around the world. Jan 18, 2018 learn about the 10 top legitimate book awards open to selfpublished authors. The 2020 ippys are open until the final deadline of. Here are the gold, silver and bronze medalists in our 83 national categories. The annual best indie book award or biba is an international literary award contest recognizing selfpublished authors. Starting in 1965, coach house books first prints were of the canadian flag, then gradually moved on to other things such as poetry.
Trophy room concierge marketing publishing services. Please do not enter unless you have made arrangements with awards director jim barnes. Many legitimate contests and awards charge a fee to cover processing expenses which sometimes include an honorarium to readers and to fund the prize. Nine criteria for hybrid publishing from the independent. Largest nonprofit trade association for independent publishers and. Announcing the results of the 2019 independent publisher book awards. Given in sixtyfive categories, the annual awards are intended to bring increased recognition to books published in the past year by independent and university presses as well as selfpublished titles.
Congratulations and sincere thanks to the independent authors and publishers who participated in our 21st annual, 2017 independent publisher book awards contest. Nov 11, 2017 if you feel confused and want to know which publisher to approach, we have a handy list of 22 top book publishing companies in massachusetts for you. The independent publisher gives you comprehensive knowledge and tools to create not only a great book, but also a great business. The work at home training program has won six book awards since its publication. Excessive entry fees can be a sign of an awards profiteer see above.
Jun 15, 2016 usa best book awards is sponsored by usa book news and i310 media group. It is the longestrunning unaffiliated contest open exclusively to independent presses. Final results for the entire contest will announced on may 18th. American society of journalists and authors asja asja helps professional freelancers advance their writing careers. Author scams and publishing companies to avoid becoming a published author is a fantasy shared by almost all writers. Whether youre a professional writer, a parttime freelancer or a selfstarting student, heres your chance to enter the only selfpublished competition exclusively for selfpublished books. Entrants are not required to forfeit key rights to their work. As gold medal winners in the next generation indie book awards. Chief among these is the restless books prize for new immigrant writing.
Book awards for selfpublished writers are one way to do that. There are three basic routes to acquiring awards for your novel. At the next generation indie book awards, we encourage authors to enter as many legitimate awards programs as their budget can handle. Martins press, harpercollins, lyons press, random house, running press, warner books, totalsports illustrated, and scholastic. As with most exciting, independent publishers, ayebia tries to give voice to diverse talent, and aims to enlighten and stimulate readers by exploring literature from. Moms choice award for indie childrens books authors 7. The best indie book award is a legitimate writing competition. Feb 29, 2008 ibppg would like to see the next generation indie book awards become the sundance of book awards programs.
Independent book publishers association ibpa, manhattan beach, ca. Review their requirements and the works they have published. Top 10 selfpublished book awards for independent authors. Readers views 2018 book awards second place, howto. The best selfpublished book awards programs have the power to change that and bring authors and their works out of obscurity and into the spotlight. Do not pay for book promotion and marketing services packages. We are becoming the largest trusted library of searchable content for film and television. The independent author network presents the 2020 ian book of the year awards, an international contest open to all authors with 40 fiction and nonfiction categories. Keep in mind that some awards programs are in place to make money for the company running them this is the case with one of the oldest and largest indie book awards programs while others are in place to. Colorado book organizations colorado independent publishers. Probably not, unless you work really hard at marketing. The majority of selfpublished book awards dont confer any benefit to the. All independent publishers are eligible, ranging from selfpublished authors to.
Dont confuse independent publishing with selfpublishing. Book awards contests can be a great way for a new or experienced author to win a prize, get recognition, and improve your chances at getting a major book deal. Arrange and pay advertisers for your book advertising directly with reputable and wellknown advertising service providers. For instance, the usa best book awards and the international book awards, both sponsored by jpx media. Book awards on may 28th in new york city, celebrating their incredible work with 300 medalists and guests. Independent author network ian 2019 book awards finalist, career. Established in 1992, candlewick press is an independent publisher of childrens books. March 16, 2020 this post may contain paid andor affiliate links. Indie book awards, organized by the independent book publishing. Feature announcing the results of the 2020 independent publisher book awards. And yes, it does provide a cautionary tale for those of us who are seduced by the possibility of our work winning a coveted prize.
I have been working at independent publishers group fulltime for more than 3 years pros growth opportunities fun and welcoming work environment great opportunity to learn about the book business upper management cares about employees flexible work life balance, doesnt feel corporate. Weve all heard the expressions, this book changed my life. Welcome to the living now book awards online entry page. Entries will be judged based on multiple writing skills, which include storytelling ability, authors ability to engage the reader, transitions, pacing, movement of the story, authors skill with voice, character, dialogue, and narrative. Alli monitors the selfpublishing industry in two ways. This contest is for lifestyle, homestyle, personal development and wellness books. An outstanding book category winner will be awarded in each category with recognition of finalists. Writers digest 2019 ebook competition first place overall, nonfiction. In addition to publishing other peoples work, an independent publisher might also be publishing his or her own work. Jul 12, 2014 for instance, when my work picked up honorable mentions from the san francisco book festival, at the awards ceremony, i asked the organizer, who i do not know personally, the percentage of submissions that earned awards, and he told me less than 5% of submissions. David eggers won a 2003 outstanding book of the year for a heartbreaking work of staggering genius. And as with almost any widelyshared ambition, there are also folks out there looking to make a quick buck by exploiting those dreams whether they involve securing a book deal or going the indie publishing route. Book awards for selfpublished authors including them here should not be taken as an endorsement of the competition or its sponsors.
The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and selfpublished titles published each year. Weve organized the list in an easily searchable table so you can quickly find the publishers that publish the type of book youre looking to get published. Winners will be formally recognized at the 11th annual ippy awards event on friday, june 1st. The annual best indie book award is an international literary award contest recognizing independent authors in major genres. The terms small press, indie publisher, and independent press are often used interchangeably, with independent press defined as publishers that are not part of large conglomerates or multinational corporations. Especially if you are an independent author or self publisher, and you are. Avoid events which are driven by excessive entry fees, marketing services to entrants, or selling merchandise like stickers and certificates.
Last fall and winter, we entered book design made simple in some independent publishing book award contests. Over the years weve worked with many small publishers and selfpublishers and have developed a list of book marketing tips that will get you results. The next generation indie book awards are the largest international awards program for independent publishers. Also make sure that the houses you are looking into are a part of the independent book publishers association ibpa. Nine criteria for hybrid publishing from the independent book.
Book of the year awards contest the independent author network. This years contest drew almost exactly 5,000 entries. Authors need to weigh the pros and cons and go into the relationship with the ultimate consequences in mind. New authors beware of scam publishing and literary agents. Allison schiff and alex daniel should be ashamed of themselves for promoting such a scam. And were digging the coolness of joel friendlanders ebook cover design awards.
In midapril, we got word that our book had won gold at the independent publisher ippy book awards. Navigating fake companies, fake leaders and fake news in the. Members share candid data on rates, contracts, editors and more. Jul 11, 2012 writers digest selfpublished book award 6. The independent publisher book awards ippys honor the years best books from independent and small press publishers. I have been trying to find either a literary agent or a legitimate publisher that will work will all of the authors work and i hold all the rights. Author victoria strauss has written quite a lot about the not so nice aspects of book competitions, and how to spot if they are real or fake.462 859 231 1007 648 1080 1378 125 738 578 1323 51 612 314 1073 906 901 306 284 1263 76 866 412 896 536 731 1327 646 208 603 281 884 113 1250 392 161 338 1397 1365 1379 1294 1497