Book Awards for Independent Publishers

Many people think that because you are self-published, you cannot win a book award. Perhaps, in the past that was the case. However, the publishing world has changed drastically. There are only a handful of traditional publishers with a host of independent publishers, and even more self-publishing outlets, including on-demand-printing companies. Self-publishing is independent publishing, which takes the self-published book out of the old Vanity Press mindset.

While the Vanity Press stigma has evaporated to some degree, the Book Publishing world is still geared toward the Traditional Publishers. Book stores buy books from book distributors. Ingram Book Distributors do distribute Independent Published Books. For published books, the expanded distribution means distribution on Ingram. This also helps you get books reviewed, because many reviewers will not review self-published and independent books published through on-demand printing means.

Getting awards helps sell your books! These awards are given to books that have already been published.

Here are a few award sites:


Categories for book awards are vast. For example, IP Awards offer awards in the following categories:

2013 National Categories

  1. Fine Art
  2. Performing Arts (Music/Dance/Cinema/Theater)
  3. Photography
  4. Architecture
  5. Popular Fiction
  6. Literary Fiction
  7. Short Story Fiction
  8. Anthologies
  9. Juvenile Fiction
  10. Young Adult Fiction
  11. Fantasy/Science Fiction
  12. Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction
  13. Historical Fiction
  14. Military/Wartime Fiction
  15. Horror
  16. Multicultural Fiction
  17. Multicultural Fiction Juv-Young Adult
  18. Mystery/Cozy/Noir
  19. Suspense/Thriller
  20. Religious Fiction
  21. Romance
  22. True Crime
  23. Visionary Fiction
  24. Children’s Picture Books (7 & Under)
  25. Children’s Picture Books (All ages)
  26. Children’s Interactive (Activity, Audio, CDRom, etc.)
  27. Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction
  28. Multicultural N-F Juv-Young Adult
  29. Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult
  30. Essay/Creative Non-Fiction
  31. Autobiography/Memoir I (Celebrity/Political/Romance)
  32. Autobiography/Memoir II (Coming of Age/Personal Struggle/Family Leg/Travel)
  33. Biography
  34. Aging/Death & Dying
  35. Animals/Pets
  36. Business/Career/Sales
  37. Classical Studies/Philosophy
  38. Coffee Table Books
  39. Cookbooks
  40. Current Events I (Political/Economic/Legal/Media)
  41. Current Events II (Social Issues/Public Affairs/Ecological/Humanitarian)
  42. Current Events III (Foreign Affairs/Military)
  43. Education/Academic/Teaching
  44. Environment/Ecology/Nature
  45. Erotica
  46. Finance/Investment/Economics
  47. Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Non-Fiction
  48. Gift/Specialty/Journal
  49. Holiday
  50. Health/Medicine/Nutrition
  51. Graphic Novel/Drawn Book Humor/Cartoon
  52. Graphic Novel/Drawn Book Drama/Documentary
  53. History (U.S.)
  54. History (World)
  55. Home & Garden
  56. How-To (Crafts/Hobby/Industrial Arts)
  57. Humor
  58. Inspirational/Spiritual
  59. New Age/Mind-Body-Spirit
  60. Parenting
  61. Poetry
  62. Popular Culture
  63. Psychology/Mental Health
  64. Sports/Fitness/Recreation
  65. Reference
  66. Religion (Eastern/Western)
  67. Science
  68. Self Help
  69. Sexuality/Relationships
  70. Transportation (Auto/Aviation/Railroad, etc.)
  71. Travel Essay
  72. Travel - Guidebook
  73. Women’s Issues
  74. Writing/Publishing
  75. Best Book Marketing (requires support material)

E-Book Categories:

E1. Best Adult Fiction E-Book
E2. Best Romance/Erotica E-Book
E3. Best Mystery/Thriller E-Book
E4. Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book
E5. Best Adult Non-Fiction Personal E-Book
E6. Best Adult Non-Fiction Informational E-Book
E7. Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction E-Book
E8. Best Children’s Illustrated E-Book
E9. Best Regional E-Book - East of the Mississippi
(includes Europe & Asia)
E10. Best Regional E-Book – West of the Mississippi
(includes Aus/NZ)

Regional Categories

(Awards for “Best Fiction” and “Best Non-Fiction” in each region)

Northeast – ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY
Mid- Atlantic – PA, WV, VA, DE, MD, DC, NJ
Southeast – KY, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL
South – MS, LA, AR, TX, TN
Great Lakes – OH, MI, IN, IL, WI
Midwest – MN, IA, MO, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND,
West-Mountain – MT, WY, UT, CO, NM, AZ, ID, NV
West-Pacific – CA, OR, WA, HI, AK
Canada–East – ON, QB, NF, NB, NS, PE, Nunavit
Canada-West – BC, AB, SK, MB, NW Territories, Yukon
Australia/New Zealand

 Visit the sites of these award organizations, pay attention to their guidelines and deadlines. Make sure to promote your book as an award winner, even if it is an honorable mention. Look for other places to submit your book. For example, if your book is a children’s book, try parenting organizations who give out book awards. Other organizations that match the topic of your book may give awards, seek them out.

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