Book Awards for Indie’s

Pursuing and winning book awards will give you another opportunity to reach out to the media, booksellers and agents. I see the media perk up when an author client has received an award. It’s the added credibility that gives them the assurance that the book is worthwhile.

Awards also create interest in your book, which can lead to more sales and other opportunities. A book award may cause someone to stop in their tracks and consider picking up your book in a book store. A book award can give you an edge and sometimes that’s all the difference you need to propel your book into bestseller territory. If you win you can say you are an “award winning author.” Doesn’t that sound better? Of course it does, and you get a little magic that comes from a third party endorsement because an authority says your work is worthy, and that’s priceless.

Most awards charge a fee to enter. Not all awards have a category for your genre and not all of these will work for every book.

Axiom Business Book Awards

Sponsored by
Jenkins Group Inc.

Beverly Hills Book Awards

Sponsored by
Ellen Reid’s Book Shepherding, a division of Smarketing LLC

Bookworks Awards

Sponsored by
The Self-Publishers Association


Sponsored by
CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation

eLit Book Awards

Sponsored by
Jenkins Group Inc.

EPIC eBook Competition

Sponsored by
The Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition

 Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards

Sponsored by
Foreword Reviews

 Global eBook Awards

Sponsored by
Dan Poynter

 IACP Cookbook Awards

Sponsored by
International Association of Culinary Professionals

 IndieReader Discovery Awards

Sponsored by
Kirkus Indie

 International Book Awards

Sponsored by
JPX Media Group

 IPPY Awards

Sponsored by
Jenkins Group

 National Indie Excellence Book Awards

Sponsored by
Smarketing LLC, Ellen Reid CEO, and President

 Nautilus Book Awards

Sponsored by
Marilyn McGuire & Associates, Inc.

 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Sponsored by
Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group

 Publishing Innovation Awards

Sponsored by
Constellation – Digital Power for Independent Publishers

 Reader Views Literary Awards

Sponsored by
Reader Views

 Readers Favorite Contest

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 Shirley You Jest Awards!

Sponsored by
Dudes and Stuff Podcast, The Bunnys Review, Reading Addiction Virtual Book Tours, Conversations Magazine, Tiffany Talks Books, TeamNerd Reviews, Humor Writers of America, Author Groupie, The Paperback Pursuer, Lisa Haselton’s Reviews and Interviews, Conversations Live Radio, Book Guys, The Humor Columnist, Doing Dewey, Humor Times, Indieminded, Underground Book Reviews, Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog

 The Ben Franklin Awards

Sponsored by
IBPA – Independent Book Publishers Association

 The Eric Hoffer Award

Sponsored by
Hopewell Publications

 The International Rubery Book Award

 The Living Now Book Awards

Sponsored by
Jenkins Group Inc.

 The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

Sponsored by
Jenkins Group Inc.

 Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Self-Published Book

Sponsored by
Shelf Media Group

 USA “Best Books” Awards

Sponsored by
USA Book News/JPX Media

 The WISHING SHELF Independent Book Awards [UK]

Sponsored by
Independently published author, Edward Trayer, a.k.a. Billy Bob Buttons (penname)

 Writers Digest Self Published Book Awards

Sponsored by
Writer’s Digest and co-sponsor Book Marketing Works, LLC

And even more book awards…

  1. Enter to win The 2016 Independent Book Publisher Awards. The contest is for independent, university, small press, self-publishers and independent authors throughout North America and overseas publishers who publish books intended for the American market.
  2. Entering the Book of the Year Awards should definitely be on your literary to-do list. Check it out here
  3. Check out the National Book Critics Circle Awards and enter by December 1
  4. The Man Booker Prize for Fiction boasts that the prize is the world’s most important literary award. Entery forms are due April 2 and Finished Books are due July 1
  5. The Newbery Medal was the world’s first children’s book award. Enter before December 31
  6. Enter to win the Caldecott Medal before December 31 for your Children’s picture book
  7. Find out how your book can earn a Hugo Award and check out science fiction’s most prestigious award details
  8. Strive to be nominated and win the Nobel Prize in literature. Who can nominate? Professors of literature and of linguistics at universities and university colleges to name a few. (Another reason it pays to keep the ties your alma mater!)
  9. The Edgar Allan Poe Award for books submission deadline is September 28. See how to submit your book
  10. FT/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year submission deadline is June 30
  11. Enter to win the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction before January 2013
  12. The National Book Award deadline is June 15. Learn how to submit your book here
  13. Enter the 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards by March 2013.
  14. Learn more about how to enter to win the Stonewall Book Award. Click for details
  15. Enter Dan Poynter’s Global eBook Awards Don’t miss this important ebook only award.
  16. The Deadline for the Autumn House Press award for fiction is June 30. Check it out here
  17. Enter to win the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. Click for more details
  18. Check out how to enter many writing contests, grants and awards.
  19. Find out how to make it on the Indie Next List to win an Indies Choice Book Award
  20. Get your book recommended for The Discover Great New Writers award
  21. The Nautilus Book Award seeks books that make a difference and inspire.
  22. With book trailers being an important part of all book marketing strategies. Be sure to enter your book trailer in the Moby Awards. They are looking for the best�and worst book trailers. Click for more details as they are released.
  23. Here’s a service where you can enter several book festivals at the same time for about $50 per festival. This is absolutely the best idea. I’ve used this several times. One entry form, one payment, two books, ten plus book awards spread out over a year. Just do it.
  24. The National Indie Excellence Book Awards competition selects award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation in dozens of categories. Created especially for indie and self published authors.
  25. Have you written a business book? The Axiom Business Book Awards celebrate excellence in business book writing and publishing by presenting gold, silver and bronze medals in 20 business categories. They have a year-end deadline of January 12.
  26. ForeWord Reviews sponsors the Book of the Year Awards. It’s open to all independently- and self-published books released that year. There are sixty categories, and in each category a gold, silver, and bronze winner. The deadline to enter is January. Check out:
  27. The non-profit Independent Book Publishers Association’s Benjamin Franklin Awards are now in their 26th year of awarding excellence in book publishing in 55 categories. All entrants receive direct judge feedback–unique in the industry. For more information, visit
  28. USA Best Book Awards has a ten year track record of honoring and promoting books to the national and international community. The contest is sponsored by USA Book News which covers books from all sections of the publishing industry�mainstream, independent, & self-published. Entry deadline September 30.
  29. Reader Views Annual Literary Awards were established to honor writers who self-publish or who were published by small presses or independent publishers.
  30. Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award. The Grand Prize winner will receive a publishing contract and a $50,000 advance. All you need is a CreateSpace account. Check it out.
  31. Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the only self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.
  32. Readers’ Favorite Awards receives submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants like HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times best-selling authors.

Need another reason to enter? Jim Cox of Midwest Book Review says, “The fact is award stickers help to convince buyers to purchase. I’ve seen this happen with librarians — when faced with two competing titles and a limited acquisition budget the librarians will take the one that won an award, any award, over the title that doesn’t have an award to its credit. I’m confident that this same phenomena works for bookstore patrons browsing the shelves as well.”

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