Book Awards for Indie Authors

Indie AwardsThis post has been updated for 2013.

When you browse the shelves at your local bookstore have you noticed that some books have small gold seals declaring outstanding achievements such as “Gold Medal Winner” or “Readers Favorite Award Winner”? How would you like to be one of those award-winning authors?

Out of the many book awards that are held around the world every year there are a number that are organized for independent and self-publishing authors in particular. Some indie book awards are exclusively for self-published books in print, others for ebooks, and some accept entries for either print books or ebooks.

Book awards usually have entry fees. The average price of entry for most of the awards below is around $70 which will certainly seem expensive to some self-publishing authors. On top of that fee you will probably need to provide a couple of copies of your book which will be distributed to judges and reviewers. All up it is a considerable cost for entering a contest. So what’s the upside?

Don’t expect a windfall of cash. Unlike the Nobel Prize and certain other literary prizes book awards do not tend to offer large cash prizes. What they do offer is publicity and exposure: to the book reviewers or judges; to readers who are scanning through the nominees and finalists; to literary agents and publishers who are looking for new authors to represent and publish.

For the authors, or books, which win – the Gold, Silver, and Bronze medalists, the Finalists and those worthy of honorable mention – they will also reap the benefits of additional sales. These extra sales will come as a result of the publicity, readers discovering them through lists of award winning books, and even casual browsers who are more likely to purchase a book when they notice the gold seal of achievement.

What about your books and ebooks? Should you enter? That is for you to decide. But hopefully this list will help you to discover the various book awards for indie authors that are out there.

Even if you don’t participate you might like to check out some of the previous winners. You’ll discover some very good books to read.

Also, the contest deadlines below will eventually pass so if you see a date that has passed, please visit the award’s web site to find the new deadline.

 

Next Generation Indie Book Awards
www.indiebookawards.com

In its fifth year of operation, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was established to recognize and honor the most exceptional independently published books.
Format: Print books and Ebooks
Deadline: 22 Feb 2013
Organized by: Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency.
Eligibility: Open to independent authors and publishers worldwide. Enter books released in 2012 or 2013 or with a 2012 or 2013 copyright date. 60 categories to choose from.
Fees:
$75 for the first category entered; $50 fee for each additional category.
Prizes:
cash prizes (top prize $1,500), trophies and medals.

 

The National Indie Excellence Book Awards
www.indieexcellence.com

The competition is judged by an independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. They select award winners and finalists based on overall excellence of presentation.
Format:
Print books only
Deadline:
2 April 2013
Eligibility: all English language books with publication dates in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Fees: $69.00 per entry, per category.
Prizes include: Brilliant Mobile Pro Plus Package (Value $5,000), Dan Poynter’s Para Promotion Program (Value $497), Media Connect media campaign (Value $4,200), Event Management Services print publicity campaign (Value $3,695), and more.


Indies Choice Book Awards
http://bookweb.org/btw/awards/ICBA.html
Reflects the spirit of independent bookstores nationwide and the IndieBound movement. Book of the Year winners and Honor Award recipients are all titles nominated by ABA member booksellers to the Indie Next Lists.
Format:
Print books only
Organized by:
American Booksellers Association
Prizes:
Book of the Year Award, Honor Awards.

 

EPIC’s eBook Awards
www.epicorg.com/competitions/epics-ebook-awards.html

Format:
Ebooks only
Deadline:
July 15,, 2013. 
Organized by:
Electronic Publishing Industry Coalition
Eligibility:
Entries must be English and released for sale between June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013. Entrants are not limited to the number of titles they may enter; however, the same work may not be entered in more than one category.
Fees:
$25 for EPIC members, $35 for non members.
Prizes:
not specified.

 

Readers’ Favorite Annual Book Award Contest
www.readersfavorite.com

Readers Favorite has been awarded the Association of
Independent Authors
Honoring Excellence award, which recognizes
businesses and organizations that offer exceptional products and
services for independent authors.
Format: Print books and ebooks.
Deadline:  
1 May 2013
Organized by:
Readers Favorite
Eligibility:
No publication date requirement for published books. No short stories or erotica. Entries accepted from all over the world.
Fees:
$89 for one category. Up to 3 additional categories: $65 each.
Prizes:
Each winner will receive a personalized Award Certificate, a digital high resolution version of their Award Seal for publication and a roll of 500 high quality, reflective Award Seal stickers to affix to current editions of their book. Winners and finalists are also invited to a Medal Award Ceremony during the week of the Miami Book Fair International.

 

Independent Publisher Book Awards
www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/IPAwards.php
72 subject categories in national awards, with regional awards for the United States, Canada, and Australia and New Zealand. Ebook awards with fiction, non-fiction, children’s and regional categories.
Format:
Print books and ebooks.
Deadline:
March 15th, 2012.
Organized by:
Jenkins Group, Inc.
Eligibility:
books with 2012 and 2013 copyrights or that are released between 1 August 2011 and 15 March 2013, from authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market.
Fees: $75 – $95.
Prizes: Winners receive medals and certificates.

 

eLit Awards
www.elitawards.com
A global awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing entertainment.
Format: Ebooks only.
Deadline:
January 31, 2013 (Expired)
Organized by:
Jenkins Group, Inc.
Eligibility:
Publishers and authors worldwide creating electronic books written in English.
Fees:
 $60 – $80 per title, per category.
Prizes:
not specified.

 

Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards
globalebookawards.com
Format: 
Ebooks only
Deadline:
 30 April, 2013
Eligibility: Ebook released to the public anytime in 2011, 2012, or 2013.
Fees: $79 per ebook, per category.
Prizes: various promotional prizes – see web site for details.

 

Writers Digest Self-Published Book Awards
www.writersdigest.com/competitions/selfpublished
Format: Print books only
Earlybird Deadline: April 1, 2013
Organized by:
Writers Digest
Eligibility:
open to all English-language self-published books for which the authors have paid the full cost of publication, or the cost of printing has been paid for by a grant or as part of a prize, and published or revised and reprinted between 2008 and 2013. Entrants must send a printed and bound book.
Earlybird Fees:
First entry $100. Additional entries: $75 each.
Prizes:
ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be awarded $3,000 cash and a trip to the Writer’s Digest Conference in New York City. The editors of Writer’s Digest will endorse and submit 10 copies of the Grand Prize-Winning book to major review houses. Plus more. 9 FIRST-PLACE WINNERS will receive $1000 cash and promotion in Writer’s Digest. Plus more. ALL GRAND PRIZE & FIRST PLACE WINNERS will receive promotion on the Writer’s Digest Web site at writersdigest.com, a copy of The Complete Guide to Self-Publishing, 4th Edition by Tom and Marilyn Ross, $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books and a Notable Award Certificate. HONORABLE MENTION WINNERS will receive promotion at www.writersdigest.com, $100 worth of Writer’s Digest Books.

 

IndieReader Discovery Awards
http://indiereader.com/the-indiereader-discovery-awards-info/
Format: Print books and ebooks.
Deadline:
March 15, 2013.
Organized by:
IndieReader.com
Eligibility: Books must have been self-published and have a valid ISBN. If your book was originally traditionally published it is not eligible for entry.
Fees:
$150 per title per category.  $50 fee for each additional category entered.
Prizes:  
The top winners in the fiction and non-fiction categories will receive a Kindle Paperwhite 3G. The first place winner in the Fiction and Non-Fiction categories will also get a review from Kirkus Reviews, a powerful resource for millions of readers, writers, librarians, media executives and the publishing industry.

 

Eric Hoffer Award for Independent Books
www.hofferaward.com/HAbooks.html

Recognizes excellence in independent publishing.
Format:
Print books only
Deadline:
Submissions must be postmarked by January 21st of the award year.
Organized by: The Eric Hoffer Project
Eligibility:
open to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last 2 years, including unique small print run books. Books more than 2 years from its copyright date can enter the Legacy Fiction or Legacy Nonfiction category.
Fees:
$50
Prizes:
A $2,000 grand prize and various category honors and press type distinctions.


Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards
www.forewordreviews.com/services/book-awards/botya/
These awards were established to bring increased attention from librarians and booksellers to the literary achievements of independent publishers and their authors.
Format: Print and ebooks
Deadline: 15 January
Fees: $99
Prizes: $1,500 Grand Prize

 

About the Author: Gary McLaren

Gary McLaren is the author of 'The Indie Author's Guide to Publishing Ebooks'. He also manages several web sites for professional writers including Publish Your Own Ebooks and Worldwide Freelance.





Comments

  1. Great list! We’ll certainly be sure to share it with our indie author friends.

  2. Don’t forget ForeWord Reviews’ 2012 Book of the Year Awards!
    If your books expand a reader’s world, introduce a voice society needs to hear, offer practical knowledge where none existed before or simply entertain so compellingly that all distractions fall away as the reader turns the next page, they should be submitted for the 2012 Book of the Year Awards.
    Format: Good books, independently published
    Deadline: Jan. 15, 2012; Open submissions July 2012
    Organized by:ForeWord Reviews magazine
    Eligibility: Any independently published titles released in 2012 with valid ISBNs. This includes university, micro, self-published, vanity, POD, and small presses.
    Fees: $99 per title/category
    Prizes: $1,500 for Editor’s Choice for Best Fiction and Best Nonfiction. Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention awards given in each of the 60 genre categories!

  3. Some Award programs are for ebooks only
    See
    http://GlobalEbookAwards.com
    101 categories and 252 judges
    plus six weekly “assignments” to show you how to promote
    both ebooks and paper books.
    –Dan Poynter, Para Publishing.

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