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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For more details about the IPPY Awards, please contact:

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



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.

Book Awards Winners & 2015 Entry Information

7 07 2014

Beverly Hills, CA – Founder Ellen Reid, President & CEO of the National Indie Excellence
Awards, announced the 2014 winners and finalists in categories that saw the greatest
competition yet in an initiative that celebrates the best of books in print – which includes,
covers, interior layouts, titles. in self-published or indie published books
“This year the expert team of publishing insiders who serve as judges of the NIEA, were
challenged because of the quality of entries. I would have to say this was the fiercest
competition we’ve seen. It’s a new day in publishing in 2014,” said Reid.
The 2015 contest is open for submissions as is and

2015 IPPY Awards Accepting Submissions

19 06 2014

THE 2015 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDs are open and will accept entries until March 10, 2015.

Conducted annually, the Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year’s best independently published titles from around the world. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. Celebrating our 19th anniversary this year, we are now accepting entries for books released between January 1, 2013 and March 10, 2015.

Click here to download our guidelines and entry form as a PDF document (156KB)

The “IPPY” Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market.

We define “independent” as:

Independently owned and operated
Operated by a foundation or university
Long-time independents that became incorporated but operate autonomously and publish fewer than 50 titles a year.

The world’s largest book awards competition offers:

Over 75 subject categories in National awards
Regional awards for the United States, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, and Europe
E-Book Awards with fiction, non-fiction, children’s and regional categories
Winners receive a celebration party in New York City, medals, stickers, certificates, national publicity in major trade publications including Publisher’s Weekly and Shelf Awareness.


16 01 2014

Winning an award is a great way to increase your book sales!

Arizona Book Awards – Glyph Winners

10 05 2011

Congratulations to the 2011 Glyph Award Winners!

On Saturday, May 7th, 2011 the Arizona Book Publishers Association had their annual gala event at the Phoenix Country Club to present the 2011 Glyph Awards.  I was very honored to receive the Most Valuable Person Award! For a complete list of winners follow the link above.  Congrats to everyone, including the committee and volunteers that helped make this a smashing event!