I recently published a guest post written by my friend Linda Rodriguez, winner of the 2011 Malice Domestic Award for best first mystery novel. (Book Contests Part 1: Why Malice Pays Off.) Linda’s story is the perfect example of the exciting benefits of winning a writing contest. Winners may receive a contract with a traditional publisher (without having to navigate the slush pile), the opportunity to use the phrase “award-winning author!” and a fast track onto bookstore shelves, among other things, like cash! If you’ve considered entering a contest, there’s no better time than now. Many book contests have significant entry fees, so do your research and choose wisely. Here are a few award programs:
The IPPY Award
The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing community. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. Since 1996, over 5,000 books have received IPPY Awards, and all the recognition, credibility, and increased sales that a book award can bring.
The National Indie Excellence Award
The Indie Excellence Awards celebrates small presses, independent presses, hybrid publishers and self-published work, and are a good fit for well written and well produced books. Indie Excellence is open to all English language books that are available for sale online and off. They are not accepting e-books in 2013.
ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards
Per ForeWord, “If you published a book this year that expands a reader’s world, then it should be submitted to ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards program. Entries are open to any independently published titles in any format, including ebooks, published in 2012. This includes self-published, university press, and POD books. Note: professional production taken into consideration when judged.”
Independent Book Publishers (IBPA) Ben Franklin
The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards includes 55 categories recognizing excellence in both editorial and design. The award is administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association, with the help of more than 160 publishing professionals from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial industry segments. The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards program is unique in that entrants receive direct feedback from decision makers in the industry.
Reader Views Award
Established to honor writers who self-published or had their books published by a subsidy publisher, small press, university press, or independent book publisher geared for the North American reading audience. POD books are accepted. The Awards are open to all authors regardless of residency, however, books must have a 2012 copyright date, be published in the English language, and targeted for the North American market. Work published by major book publishers are not eligible. Ebooks are accepted, but only if there is no print copy. Entries must be postmarked no later than December 15, 2012. (Scroll down through the entire webpage for all pertinent information.)
The Next Generation Indie Book Award
Open to all indie book authors and publishers, including small presses and self-published authors. Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. Note: The Early Bird Special Entry Fee is only $75 and includes the entry of one title in two categories. Enter online by August 31, 2012 and receive a $50 discount on the entry of a second category. On September 1, 2012 the price to enter two categories increases by $50. Check out the entry guidelines.
The Reader’s Favorite Award accepts manuscripts, published and unpublished books, ebooks, audio books, comic books and poetry books. There is no publication date requirement for published books and no word count restriction. They offer 4 award levels plus a finalist level in each of 70+ categories. Their 2013 contest is open now. (Scroll down for entry form.)
- Check out the 2012 Award Finalists – congrats to our Twitter friends who made the cut!
Dan Poynter’s Global Ebook Awards
They prefer (not required) that contest entrants have their ebooks on Smashwords.
The IndieReader Discovery Awards are open to indie authors who have self-published books with a valid ISBN. Accepts paper or ebook with no restriction on publishing dates All the info you need can be located via the link above. We love IndieReader!
Book contests abound, and many accept self-published authors. Stephie Smith’s Contest Calendar spells it all out for you, a few months at a time. Hope Clark’s website, Funds For Writers, is another great resource. She puts together a writers contest newsletter – subscribe here. Have you found other contest resources or competitions for self-published writers? Leave a comment and share!
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