Call for Submissions: 2018 PubWest Book Design Awards

2 04 2018
Submit Your 2018 Titles Now
The deadline for entering books for the 2018 PubWest Book Design Awards contest is Thursday, April 19, 2018.
We are offering a four-for-three deal: submit three books, and a fourth entry is free!
NEW CATEGORY! Children’s Book – Wordless A children’s book in which the narrative is told solely through illustrations.
The PubWest Book Design Awards are effective tools for marketing your books, and for recognizing your design and production staff and suppliers. We will publicize the winners to the publishing media and showcase them at the 2019 PubWest Conference, February 7-9, 2019, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The grand prize winner of the Design Awards will receive a complimentary pass to the 2019 conference.
Please submit your books as soon as possible. All details on the awards and entering can be found here.
Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Best regards,
Kent Watson
Executive Director

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 /

Independent Publisher Book Awards – 5000 Reasons to Enter

23 01 2018
Independent Publisher Book Awards

5000 reasons to enter!

The world’s largest book awards contest!

This year, one lucky 2018 IPPY Award medalist will become the 5,000th award winner in our 22 year history of “Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing.” Over the years, have all those award-winning books become bestsellers? No, but all 5,000 have received the recognition and credibility that is so important to a book’s PR campaign, and each one is now an “award-winning” book, with an “award-winning” author (not to mention award-winning co-author, illustrator, publisher, whatever the case may be). Award-winner status is a priceless commodity that never goes away.

So, enter your award-worthy books in the 2018 Independent Publisher Book Awards and get the recognition your work deserves. Entry fee is $95 per title, per category until the final entry deadline of February 24, 2018.

Now in their 22nd year, the IPPY Awards are designed to celebrate excellence in independent publishing by presenting gold, silver and bronze medals in a wide variety of subject and regional categories. Winners also receive certificates, award seals, and two tickets to the gala award ceremony in NYC!

Click here for the guidelines and online entry form.
Click here for the printable guidelines and entry form.


There are two ways to enter: online with a credit card or the printable entry form to pay by check. Books (with entry form tucked in the cover) must be sent to the IPPY office by the final deadline of February 24, 2018 (This is a postmark deadline). Results will be announced on about April 10, 2018. The award ceremony will be held on May 29, 2018 at the Copacabana Times Square.

Entry fees are $95 per title/per category. Regional and ebook category entries are just $55 when added to a general category entry for the same title.


Independent publishers, university presses, self-publishers and independent authors who publish books intended for an English speaking audience may enter. Books released between January 1, 2016 and February 24, 2018, or with 2016-2018 copyrights, are eligible.



Launched in 1996, the Independent Publisher Book Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first unaffiliated awards program (no membership fee required) open exclusively to independents, the “IPPYs” recognize hundreds of the year’s best books, bringing them to the attention of booksellers, buyers, librarians, and book lovers.

The IPPY Awards contest is among the largest and most recognized book awards events in the world, and all independent, university, small press, and self-publishers who produce books intended for the North American market are eligible to enter.

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View Guidelines



For more details about the IPPY Awards, please contact:

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

IBPA is Accepting Entries to the 30th Annual Benjamin Franklin Awards

8 11 2017
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards – Final deadline 12/15/17!

What is the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program?

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ program is a book award program that, over the past 30 years, has been regarded as one of the highest national honors in independent and self-publishing. The awards are unique in that entrants receive direct feedback on their submissions: the verbatim judging forms are returned to all publishers.

Who can enter the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program?

Publishers of print books with a copyright date of 2017 may enter the current competition. To assist the judges and ensure they have enough time to review each book, there are two deadlines for entry: the first on September 30, 2017, then on December 15, 2017.

Can authors enter the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ program on behalf of their publisher?

Absolutely! This happens all the time.

Where can I go for more information?

Visit the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards™ website for further details. You can also email Terry Nathan at

Dear C. Penny,

Are you ready for awards season?!

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ are administered by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) with help from over 150 book publishing professionals including librarians, bookstore owners, reviewers, designers, publicity managers, and editors. Winning an IBPA Benjamin Franklin Award™ expands your marketability and solidifies your credibility. Considering how crowded the book market is today, these are two very powerful things.

The final Call for Entries expires on December 15, 2017. Don’t miss your chance to find out whether you book is best in class!



7 09 2017




Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

The Moonbeam Awards are now closed for judging. Best of luck to the entrants!

The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest is designed to honor the year’s best children’s books, authors and illustrators. This year’s eleventh annual Moonbeam Awards program is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market.

Click here to view the 2016 medalists.
Click here to view the 2017 guidelines.

Illumination Book Awards

The 2017 Illumination Book Awards are now open. Enter by September 16, 2017 to save!

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Axiom Business Book Awards

The Axiom Awards are now open! Enter by October 21st to save.

The prestigious Axiom Business Book Awards are presented in 22 business categories and serve as the premier list to help business book readers discover new and innovative works.

Click here to view the 2018 guidelines. 
Click here
to view the 2017 medalists.




7 09 2017



New or old, we want to read your book. … Each year, independent publishers release extraordinary books to little or no recognition. The Eric Hoffer Book Award recognizes excellence in publishing. A SINGLE REGISTRATION gives you SIX WAYS TO WIN by genre, press, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vince Eye, the First Horizon Award, and the Hoffer grand prize. There is a category for every book. (See submission guidelines below or check our listing in Writer’s Market or visit E-books and chapbooks also accepted.

* $2,000 GRAND PRIZE * Low Entrance Fee of $55 * Many Categories *
* E-BOOK categories for fiction and nonfiction *
* CHAPBOOK category at a reduced rate: $40 *

* $2,000 GRAND PRIZE (the Eric Hoffer Award for Books)
* Winner of the Montaigne Medal for most thought-provoking books
* Winner of the da Vinci Eye for best covers
* Winner of the First Horizon Award for debut authors
* Winner and First Runner-Up awarded for every category
* Honorable Mentions for every category
* Individual Awards for Micro, Small, and Academic Presses, as well as Self-Published Books
* Coverage in The US Review of Books ( and on
* Gold Seal Certificates
* Worldwide Exposure

CATEGORIES: Art, Poetry, Chapbook, General Fiction, Commercial Fiction, Children, Young Adult, Culture, Memoir, Business, Reference, Home, Health, Self-Help/Spiritual, Legacy Fiction, Legacy Nonfiction, E-book Fiction, and E-book Nonfiction.

In this tough economic time, your book is always a great value, and the Eric Hoffer Book Award is the most economical way to achieve publicity and recognition. Read Hoffer Award success stories ( Read previous contest coverage in the US Review of Books ( and view past winners and press releases at

Internet payment for entrance fee accepted. (visit


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES (entry deadline January 21st, 2018):

AWARDS ARE OPEN to academic, independent, small press, and self-published books that were released or copyrighted in the last 2 years, including unique books with small print runs. (Books over 2 years enter the LEGACY FICTION or LEGACY NONFICTION category.)

AWARDS/PRIZES: One grand prize will be awarded for the entire contest. In addition, each category will be awarded a winner, runner-up, and multiple honorable mentions. Books must be registered by CATEGORY and then are automatically considered for Individual Press Awards, the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, the First Horizon Award, and the Hoffer Grand Prize.

FOR EACH ENTRY, submit the book, entry form, and $55 fee (check, money order, or Internet payment receipt) to Hopewell Publications, LLC, PO Box 11, Titusville, NJ 08560. Be certain to specify award category and press type. Registration will be confirmed via e-mail. In May, all entrants will be notified of winners. Submissions must be postmarked by January 21, 2018.

JUDGES may include authors, editors, agents, publishers, book producers, artists, experienced category readers, and health and business professionals. Note: Contest closed to the staff of Hopewell Publications and previous WNBA winning entries. At the low entrance fee, it is not feasible to provide judge’s critiques for each entry.

ENTRY FORM (submit one entry form per book):
You may also visit and click on the “Nominate” link.

Book Information

Category (see below):

Press Designation (check only one; see description below):
Self-Published __    Micro __    Small __    Academic __

Author Debut?  Yes __  No __ (select Yes if author’s first book)

Contact Information




AWARD CATEGORIES (select one per entry application):

* ART: titles involving the experience, execution, or demonstration of the arts, including art, fine art, graphic art, architecture, performing arts, design, photography, coffee table books, and poetry.
* POETRY: Titles with poetry or highly stylized prose.
* CHAPBOOK: books 40 pages or less, with typically some form of saddle stitch binding and/or artistic assembly. (Qualifies for special registration fee.)
* GENERAL FICTION: non-genre specific fiction, including literary, short story collections, and mainstream.
* COMMERCIAL FICTION: genre specific fiction, including mystery, thriller, suspense, science fiction, religion, romance, and horror.
* CHILDREN: titles for young children, including stories and picture books.
* YOUNG ADULT: titles aimed at the juvenile and teen markets.
* CULTURE: titles demonstrating the human or world experience, including true story, essay, multicultural, women’s issues, sexuality, gay, lesbian, memoir, aging, travel, sports, true crime, and current events.
* MEMOIR: titles capturing specific personal experience.
* BUSINESS: titles with application to today’s business environment and emerging trends, including general business, career, computer, and Internet.
* REFERENCE: titles from traditional and emerging reference areas, including but not exclusive to history, psychology, biography, science, philosophy, education, fashion, sports, recreation, training, travel, and how-to.
* HOME: titles with practical application to home or home-related issues, including general home, gardening, cooking, parenting, family, interior design, animals, and pets.
* HEALTH: titles promoting physical, mental, and emotional well-being, including psychology, fitness, and sex.
* SELF-HELP: titles involving traditional and emerging self-help subjects.
* SPIRITUAL: titles involving the mind and spirit, including religion, metaphysical, and mystical.
* LEGACY FICTION: all fiction titles over two years of age. (Unlike major trade organizations, we think good books last more than a single season.)
* LEGACY NONFICTION: all nonfiction titles over two years of age. (Unlike major trade organizations, we think good books last more than a single season.)
* E-BOOK FICTION: any fiction titles published in e-book format.
* E-BOOK NONFICTION: any nonfiction titles published in e-book format.

INDIVIDUAL PRESS AWARDS (select only one):

In addition to the above category awards, books will be singled out for additional awards in the micro press, small press, academic press, as well as self-published arenas. Please check one of the following types on the application.

* SELF-PUBLISHED – books financed by author or not by the publisher (regardless of press size).
* MICRO PRESS – books from a press producing 24 titles or less per year.
* SMALL PRESS – books from a press producing 25 titles or more per year.
* ACADEMIC PRESS – books from a press with an academic or library affiliation.


All registered titles will automatically be considered for the following:
* MONTAIGNE MEDAL – most thought provoking book(s).
* DA VINCI EYE – books with superior cover art.
* FIRST HORIZON AWARD ¬– superior books by debut authors.

If you don’t see your category or cannot determine your press designation, please e-mail us with a description at, and our staff will guide you. A great book will supersede any category designation. Category designations may be reassigned to better suit the submission. Judges may include authors, editors, agents, publishers, book producers, artists, experienced category readers, and health and business professionals. After the contest, books will be donated to libraries, schools, and hospitals where appropriate, which are fine places to promote your book!


Fax: (609) 964-1718
The Eric Hoffer Awards
PO Box 11
Titusville, NJ 08560

Please be patient. We receive many inquiries this time of year. We will help you.

The BookLife Prize Discovering Great Books, Supporting New Authors

6 06 2017

The grand prize is $5,000 and an author profile in Publishers Weekly, but all entrants receive a Critic’s Report, a brief critical assessment of their novel written by a Publishers Weekly reviewer.