6 BOOK AWARDS CONTESTS

11 12 2018

Here’s a great holiday gift idea – get some more recognition and publicity for your books by entering book awards!

Book Awards are an efficient, affordable marketing tool that can make a huge impact on your marketing campaign. Each year, medals go to both established mid-sized publishers and first-time self-publishers. We reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. This spirit and expertise comes from publishers of all sizes and budgets, and books are judged with that in mind.

Get more attention. Get a shiny sticker for your cover. Get the recognition your book deserves!

Need entry information about any of these book awards contests? See details and links about each contest below, or email me to request guidelines or to deliver questions or comments: Jim Barnes, Award Director – jimb@bookpublishing.com


BOOK AWARD NEWSFLASH UPDATES

All six of our contests are now open – something for every kind of book!

Happy Holidays to all – here’s to your publishing success in the year ahead!

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First Call for Entries! The 2019 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest is now open! Just $75 to enter our 13th annual awards program dedicated to childhood literacy and lifelong reading. 

Writing and publishing books that teach and inspire our children is an extremely important task, and these exist to reward those efforts.The Moonbeam Award ceremony is held in conjunction with the Traverse City Children’s Book Festival. Click here to visit the website.

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The final entry deadline for the 6th annual Illumination Awards contest is this Saturday, December, 15th.

Just 5 days left to enter the the Illumination Book Awards, honoring the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview. With the motto, “Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books,” there are 19 categories for new titles and 5 Enduring Light categories for books published since 2000. Click here to visit the Illumination Awards website.


2019 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDS
“RECOGNIZING EXCELLENCE IN INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING”

  – World’s largest book awards contest, for indies only
– 85 National Categories
– 24 Regional Categories
– 11 E-book Categories
– Great Publicity & Great Awards party at BEA

Calling all independent authors and publishers! This contest is for you!

The 23rd annual Independent Publisher Book Awards, conducted to honor the year’s best independently published titles, is now accepting entries for books released since January 2017. Entry fee is $95 to enter a General category and $55 “add-on” a Regional or E-Book category. All entrants are considered for the Outstanding Book of the Year Awards at no extra charge.

The entry deadline for the 2019 IPPY Awards is February 23, 2019 – just 75 days left to enter! 
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.

VISIT THE IPPY AWARDS ENTRY PAGE

Click here to view the entry guidelines PDF. 



LIVING NOW BOOK AWARDS

“BOOKS FOR BETTER LIVING”
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The 2019 Living Now Awards are now open. Just $75 per category entry until the early-bird deadline of Jan. 26th.

The Living Now Book Awards recognize books that help readers help themselves, to learn about enriching their lives in wholesome, Earth-friendly ways. Books are an important tool for gaining knowledge about life-improvement goals, and the Living Now Book Award medalists are a must-read list for helping us achieve those goals.

Click here to view the guidelines and entry form.



MOONBEAM CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS

“CELEBRATING YOUTHFUL CURIOSITY & DISCOVERY THROUGH BOOKS & READING”
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The 2019 Moonbeam Awards are now open! Just $75 per entry until the early-bird entry of March 23, 2019.
The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards honor the year’s best children’s books, and are open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish, appropriate for the North American market. These awards bring an opportunity for recognition to deserving authors and publishers who have a hard time breaking through to win library association awards like the Newbery and Caldecott.

Click here to view the guidelines for the 13th annual contest.


AXIOM BUSINESS BOOK AWARDS
“SUCCESS THROUGH KNOWLEDGE”
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The Axiom Awards are open until the final entry deadline of January 12, 2019. Just 32 days left to enter!

The Axiom Business Book Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary business books and their creators, with the understanding that business people are a very well-read and informed segment of the population, eager to improve their careers and businesses. Newly published business books contain the newest, most innovative, and creative ideas that can make us think and act differently every day.

VISIT THE AXIOM ENTRY PAGE



ILLUMINATION BOOK AWARDS

“SHINING A LIGHT ON EXEMPLARY CHRISTIAN BOOKS”
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The 2019 awards are open until December 15th.  Just 5 days left to enter!

The Illumination Book Awards are designed to honor the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview. Award categories range from Bible Study and Devotional to family-oriented subjects like Education and Children’s Picture Book. The purpose of the Illumination Book Awards is to bring award recipients the credibility and publicity they need to further their book marketing and sales success.

VISIT THE ILLUMINATION WEBSITE



ELIT AWARDS

“ILLUMINATING DIGITAL PUBLISHING EXCELLENCE”
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Entry is open through January 31, 2019.

The eLit Awards are an industry-wide, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the electronic publishing industry, and are committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing entertainment. The eLit Awards celebrate the ever growing market of electronic publishing in the wide variety of reader formats. Hail the revolutionary world of e-books and join the awards program that’s highlighting the best in electronic reading entertainment!

VISIT THE ELIT ENTRY PAGE


IP    For more details about the awards,
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Jim Barnes, Managing Editor & Awards Director
IndependentPublisher.com / Jenkins Group

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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
PubWest
503-901-9865




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.

CONTACT US

For more details about the IPPY Awards, please contact:

Jim Barnes, Managing Editor & Awards Director
IndependentPublisher.com / Jenkins Group
Ph: 1.800.644.0133 x 1011 / jimb@bookpublishing.com.





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.


HOW TO ENTER

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.

ELIGIBILITY

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.

   CLICK HERE TO ENTER NOW    

ABOUT THE AWARDS

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.

View Categories

VIEW CATEGORIES

View Guidelines

VIEW GUIDELINES

CONTACT US

For more details about the IPPY Awards, please contact:

Jim Barnes, Managing Editor & Awards Director
IndependentPublisher.com / Jenkins Group
Ph: 1.800.644.0133 x 1011 / jimb@bookpublishing.com.





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

8 11 2017
IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards – Final deadline 12/15/17!
DOWNLOAD THE ENTRY FORM HERE (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 terry@ibpa-online.org.

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!

 





BOOK AWARDS UPDATES

7 09 2017

 


 

 


Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
CELEBRATING YOUTHFUL CURIOSITY, DISCOVERY AND LEARNING THROUGH BOOKS

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
SHINING A LIGHT ON EXEMPLARY CHRISTIAN BOOKS

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


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Axiom Business Book Awards
SUCCESS THROUGH KNOWLEDGE


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.



 

 





FIRST CALL: THE 2018 ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD

7 09 2017

FIRST CALL:  THE 2018 ERIC HOFFER BOOK AWARD

SMALL PRESSES  * ACADEMIC PRESSES  * MICRO PRESSES  *  SELF-PUBLISHERS — $2,000 GRAND PRIZE — LOW ENTRANCE FEE

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 www.HofferAward.com.) 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 *

AWARDS/BENEFITS:
* $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 (www.theUSreview.com) and on www.HofferAward.com
* 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 (www.hofferaward.com/Eric-Hoffer-Award-success-stories.html). Read previous contest coverage in the US Review of Books (www.theUSReview.com) and view past winners and press releases at www.HofferAward.com.

Internet payment for entrance fee accepted. (visit www.HofferAward.com)

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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 www.HofferAward.com and click on the “Nominate” link.

Book Information

Title:
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Author:
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Publisher:
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ISBN:
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Category (see below):
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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

Name:
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E-Mail:
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Phone:
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Address:
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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.

ADDITIONAL AWARD DISTINCTIONS:

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 info@hofferaward.com, 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!

QUESTIONS:

Visit: www.HofferAward.com
Email: info@hofferaward.com
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.