Final Call for Entries in the Independent Publisher Book Awards: Contest Marks 22nd Year with Special Winner Package

22 02 2018
Independent Publisher Book Awards

For Immediate Release

Final Call for Entries in the Independent Publisher Book Awards:
Contest Marks 22nd Year with Special Winner Package

The Independent Publisher Book Awards will be marking its 22nd year and 5,000th medal awarded this spring. The contest, which recognizes the year’s best independently published books, is accepting entries until this Saturday, February 24th. Winners will be awarded their medals at a ceremony and gala in New York City on the eve of Book Expo America. Awards Director Jim Barnes has also announced that in celebration of the 5,000th medal milestone, judges will randomly select one medalist to win a promotional package valued at more than $2,500.

“The awarding of the 5,000th medal is quite meaningful for us,” said Barnes. “It represents 22 years of incredible talent, hard-work, and passion from indie authors, publishers, editors, and illustrators. We’ve been fortunate to recognize those inspiring folks, and we wanted a way to commemorate that.”

The promotional package includes 5,000 IPPY seals, a spot on the floor at BookExpo America in Combined Book Exhibit’s booth, and a customized display plaque. The winner will also get two of Jenkins Group’s marketing services: Review Direct, a newsletter that reaches librarians, booksellers, and book reviewers; and a press release targeting pertinent media contacts sent through the Media Direct program. Finally, IPPY gala sponsor Media Connect will provide a one-hour consultation with one of their book publicity experts.

“Indie publishers aren’t bound by the same constraints as the Big Five media conglomerates, as the creativity of these award-winning books shows,” said Barnes. “From one-book self-publishers, to hundred-year-old university presses, indie publishing is diverse, cutting-edge, and not bound by the constraints of media overlords and corporate bottom lines.”

The 2018 IPPY medalists will be announced in early April. To view past winners, click here.

The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year, and reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing.

To learn more about the IPPY Awards, visit the website here.


For more details about the IPPY Awards, please contact:

Jim Barnes, Managing Editor & Awards Director / Jenkins Group
Ph: 1.800.644.0133 x 1011 /




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