Monday, July 16, 2012

Book Awards for Self-Published Authors

These awards were selected based on their acceptance of self-published books. Including them here should not be taken as an endorsement of the competition or its sponsors. The list is supplied as information for authors and self-publishers interested in pursuing awards and citations as a means to their own publishing goals.

Please submit corrections or feedback on any competition to marin.bookworks (at) gmail.com or leave them as comments on the announcement post. What has your experience been with awards and contests?
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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

https://www.createspace.com/abna?ref=478921&utm_id=5969

This contest is a chance for authors of unpublished or self-published novels to win one of two $15,000 publishing contracts with Penguin USA and distribution of that novel on Amazon.com.
Sponsored by

Amazon, Createspace, Penguin Group, Publishers Weekly
Entry fee

There is no entry fee for this contest.
Submission deadline

Novel must be received between January 23, 2012 at 12:01 a.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time) and February 5, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. (U.S. Eastern Standard Time)
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Axiom Business Book Awards

http://www.axiomawards.com/

Authors and publishers throughout North America and overseas publishers who publish English-language business books intended for the American market may enter. Print-On-Demand and other independent authors are welcome to enter their books themselves. Books that are published with a 2010-2012 copyright or that were released between June 1, 2010 and January 31, 2012 are eligible. Publishers are to select the category or categories in which the book(s) should be judged.
Sponsored by

Jenkins Group Inc.
Entry fee

Early-bird entry #1 – June 15, 2011 – August 13, 2011 – $75 per title, per category
Early-bird entry #2 – August 14, 2011 – October 15, 2011 – $85 per title, per category
Regular entry – October 16, 2011 – December 10, 2011 – $95 per title, per category
Submission deadline

December 10, 2011
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Book Festivals

http://bookfestivals.com/portal/
Submissions can be made through the Book Festivals website for any of the book festivals sponsored by JM Northern Media LLC with an entry form found here: http://bruceharing.brinkster.net/entry_form.pdf.
Sponsored by

JM Northern Media LLC
Entry fee

$50 – $75 Depending on which festivals are entered.
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DIY Book Festival

http://www.diyconvention.com/categoryA/2_details.asp?category_id=76&categoryA1_id=&categoryA2_id=12
The DIY Book Festival will consider self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, teenage, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, audio/spoken word, photography, art, comics, ‘zines, fan fiction, poetry and e-books published on or after Jan. 1, 2008. All entries must be in English and have been self-published or issued by an independent publishing house. Please note that print-on-demand (POD) authors with iUniverse, CreateSpace, AuthorHouse and other outlets are eligible for the competition.
Sponsored by

JM Northern Media LLC
Entry fee

$10 – $50 depending on the submission category
Submission deadline

January 25, 2012
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eLit Book Awards

http://www.elitawards.com/
Publishers and authors worldwide creating electronic books written in English and created for the global marketplace are eligible for entry in 59 different e-Lit categories listed below. Titles published with a 2010 or 2011 copyright or that were released between January 1, 2010 and January 16, 2012.
Sponsored by

Jenkins Group Inc.
Entry fee

Early-bird – September 1, 2011 – November 30, 2011 – $70 per title, per category
Regular entry – December, 2011 – January 16, 2012 – $80 per title, per category
Submission deadline

January 16, 2011
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First Annual California Fiction Writers Book Challenge

http://bookcontest.luckycinda.com/
This contest is open to novelists who are California residents and who have written English fiction that has been self-published, issued by an independent publishing company, or used Print on Demand (POD) firms like Lightning Source or CreateSpace.
Sponsored by

LuckyCinda Publishing
Entry fee

$50
Submission deadline

November 22, 2011
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Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards

http://www.forewordreviews.com/services/book-awards/botya/
For books published in 2012. Winners are selected by a panel of librarians and book sellers. There are 62 book categories, and 3 winners per category.
Sponsored by

Foreword Reviews
Entry fee

$99 per entry purchased through Foreword Connections
Submission deadline

Currently accepting entries. Deadline is January 2013
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Global eBook Awards

http://globalebookawards.com/
The Global eBook Awards are open to submissions by authors, publishers, illustrators and photographers, self-published or traditionally published, regardless of company size, of English language ebooks from any country, which fit into one of the listed categories,. eBooks must be copyrighted or released (offered on a website) prior to March 12, 2012. Revised editions, with a more recent release date, are eligible.
Sponsored by

Dan Poynter
Entry fee

1–6 entries: $79 USD each.
(Best for authors and/or the copyright owner)
7 or more entries receive a 15% discount when purchased at the same time.
(Best offer for publishers and/or the ISBN owner)
Submission deadline

March 12, 2012
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Green Book Festival

http://www.greenbookfestival.com/
The Green Book Festival considers published, self-published and independent publisher works that contribute to greater understanding, respect for and positive action on the changing worldwide environment in categories of non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, comics/graphic novels, poetry, science fiction/horror, biography/autobiography, gardening, cookbooks, animals, photography/art, e-books, wild card (anything goes!), scientific, white paper, legal, business, mystery and spiritual. Entries can be in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese or Italian. Books published on or after January 1, 2007 are eligible for the competition.
Sponsored by

JM Northern Media LLC
Entry
fee

$50
Submission deadline

April 25, 2012
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IACP Cookbook Awards

http://www.iacp.com/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=745
Any new, original book on food or beverages copyrighted in 2011 and published for the first time between October 29, 2010 and November 1, 2011 in English is eligible for consideration in the 2012 awards program.
Sponsored by

International Association of Culinary Professionals
Entry fee

A fee of US$150.00 is charged per entry in each category. Payment in full must accompany each category entry.
Submission deadline

October 28, 2011
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IndieReader Discovery Awards

http://indiereader.com/the-indiereader-discovery-awards-welcome/
The IRDA is open to all self-published books with a valid ISBN. There is no restriction on publication dates and both ebooks and print books can be submitted.
Sponsored by

Kirkus Indie
Entry fee

The IRDA entry fee is $150 per title per category. There is a $50 fee for each additional category entered.
Submission deadline

Entries will be accepted from July 18th, 2011 through February 29th, 2012
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International Book Awards

http://www.internationalbookawards.com/home.html
Open to all books, published in the English language with an ISBN and currently available for sale online to global consumers.
Sponsored by

JPX Media Group
Entry fee

$69 per title/per category
Submission deadline

April 30, 2012
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IPPY Awards

http://www.independentpublisher.com/ipland/ipawards.php
Open to independent authors and publishers worldwide for books written in English published with a 2011 or 2012 copyright or that were released between November 1, 2010 and March 15, 2012 are eligible. There are 69 categories for national entries and for books with regional focus, gold, silver and bronze medals awarded for best fiction and best non-fiction books in eight U.S. regions, two Canadian regions, and the region of Australia/New Zealand.
Sponsored by

Jenkins Group
Entry fee

National entry fee per category is $75 through Oct. 15, 2011; $85 from Oct. 16, 2011 through Jan. 7, 2012; and $95 from Jan. 8 through March 15, 2012.
Add Regional entry to your National entry for $45.
Regional Entry Only – Same as national rate. Add E-B
Submission deadline

March 15th, 2012
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London Book Festival

http://londonbookfestival.com/portal/
The 2011 London Book Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, poetry, photography/art, fiction, children’s books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, comics, e-books, wild card (anything goes!), science fiction, romance and biography/autobiography works.
Sponsored by

JM Northern Media LLC
Entry fee

$50
Submission deadline

November 25, 2011
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National Indie Excellence Book Awards

http://www.indieexcellence.com/
This competition, the largest not-for-profit book awards program for indie authors and independent publishers, has 60 entry categories for English language books that are available for sale online and off, books in print, including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors.
Sponsored by

Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency
Entry fee

$69.00 USD per entry/per Category
Submission deadline

April 10, 2012
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New England Book Festival

http://www.newenglandbookfestival.com/index.html
The New England Book Festival will consider non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography/art, poetry, gay and compilations/anthologies. All entries must be in English. Books published on or after Jan. 1, 2009 are eligible for the competition. The New England Book Festival will also award the Author of the Year, Book Design of the Year, and Publisher of the Year- chosen from the submissions.
Sponsored by

JM Northern Media LLC
Entry fee

$50
Submission deadline

November 25, 2011
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New York Book Festival

http://www.newyorkbookfestival.com/
The Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, comics/’zines, e-books, poetry, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, science fiction, horror, photography/art, romance and biography/autobiography works. Entries can be in English, Spanish, French or Italian and must be published on or after January 1, 2006. Our grand prize for the 2011 New York Book Festival Author of the Year is $1,500 and a flight to New York for the awards.
Sponsored by

JM Northern Media LLC
Entry fee

$50
Submission deadline

May 25, 2012
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Next Generation Indie Book Awards

http://www.indiebookawards.com/
There are 60 submission categories for this competition for books written in English that have been released or have a copyright date in 2011 or 2012. The books must be published by indie publishers including independent publishers (small, medium or otherwise), university presses, self-published authors, e-book authors, experienced authors or new authors based in the U.S., Canada or internationally.
Sponsored by

Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group
Entry fee

The entry fee is $75 per title for the first category entered and $50 for each additional category entered.
Submission deadline

February 24, 2012; Any books received after the February 24, 2012 deadline date will automatically be entered in the 2013 Awards program.
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Paris Book Festival

http://www.parisbookfestival.com/
The 2012 Paris Book Festival will consider entries in general non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, cookbooks, compilations/anthologies; e-books; genre-based, how-to, photography/art, spiritual, music, teenage/young adult, unpublished stories and the wild card (anything goes!) categories published on or after Jan. 1, 2008. Entries can be in French, English, Spanish, German or Portuguese and can be published, self-published or issued by an independent publishing house.
Sponsored by

JM Northern Media LLC
Entry fee

$50
Submission deadline

April 25, 2012
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Publishing Innovation Awards

http://www.publishinginnovationawards.com/dbw-presents/digital-bookworld-presents
There are 14 categories covering ebooks (in ePub and Kindle formats), enhanced ebooks (in ePub and Kindle formats), apps, self-published ebooks (in ePub and Kindle formats), digital first ebooks (in ePub and Kindle formats), and transmedia projects.
Sponsored by

Constellation – Digital Power for Independent Publishers
Entry fee

Entry fee is $199 to submit a title to a single category.
Submission deadline

November 15, 2011
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Reader Views Literary Awards

http://www.readerviews.com/Awards.html
This award recognizes writers of English language books for a North American reading audience who either self-published or used a subsidy publisher, small press, university press, or independent book publisher. Print on demand books are accepted.
Sponsored by

Reader Views
Entry fee

$75.00 per title (for the initial category) if postmarked before October 31, 2011, $85.00 if postmarked between November 1 and December 15, 2011. $20.00 for each additional category or regional/global entry.
Submission deadline

December 15, 2011
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Readers Favorite Contest

http://readersfavorite.com/annual-book-award-contest.htm
All English eBooks, Audio Books, Manuscripts, and Published or Unpublished Novels that fall into one of the 50+ Genre Categories are eligible for this contest. Books receive a Readers Favorite review and books with reviews that are rated as 3 star or greater are posted on the Readers Favorite site and Amazon.
Sponsored by

ReadersFavorite
Entry fee

$89.00 USD for one Genre Category. $65.00 USD each for 2 additional Genre Categories.
Submission deadline

May 1, 2011
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San Francisco Book Festival

http://www.sanfranciscobookfestival.com/
Eligible categories include non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, compilations/anthologies, teenage, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, audio/spoken word, history, wild card, gay, photography/art, poetry, unpublished, travel and spiritual works. There is no date of publication deadline.
Sponsored by

JM Northern Media LLC
Entry fee

Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate $50 fee for each book.
Submission deadline

April 25, 2012
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 The Beach Book Festival

http://www.beachbookfestival.com/
The Beach Book Festival will consider self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, teenage, how-to, science fiction, romance, comics, poetry, spiritual, compilations/anthologies, history, business and health-oriented books published on or after Jan. 1, 2008.
Sponsored by

JM Northern Media LLC
Entry fee

$50
Submission deadline

May 25, 2012
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The Ben Franklin Awards

http://ibpabenjaminfranklinawards.com/
This award is considered one of the highest national honours in small and independent publishing. There are 56 submission categories judged by over 160 individuals associated with publishing – library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial industry segments.
Sponsored by

IBPA – Independent Book Publishers Association
Entry fee

IBPA memBer: $90 per title, per category
Non-IBPA member: $190 for first title, which includes one year’s membership in IBPA; $90 per title, per category for second and subsequent entries.
Submission deadline

FIRST CALL—September 30, 2011
For titles published January 1 – August 31, 2011
SECOND CALL—December 31, 2011
Primarily for titles published September 1 – December 31, 2011
All titles carrying a 2011 copyright date will be accepted in this round of entrie
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The Eric Hoffer Award

http://www.hofferaward.com/
This award for short prose and honors the memory of Eric Hoffer, a great American philosopher, by highlighting salient writing and small publishers.There are 2 grand prizes awarded annually – one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, academic presses, and self-published books, and various other honors and distinctions including the Montaigne Medal and the da Vinci Eye.
Sponsored by

Hopewell Publications
Entry fee

Submissions are accepted each year by nominating books and prose. * Nomination Fee Only $50
Submission deadline

January 21st for books
March 31st for prose
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The Hollywood Book Festival

http://www.hollywoodbookfestival.com/next.htm
All published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, teenage, how-to, audio/spoken word, ‘zines, comics, e-books, fan fiction, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, genre-based and biography/autobiography works written in English are considered and judged on the story-telling ability of the author and the potential of the work to be translated into other forms of media. Submissions will also be judged for Hollywood Book Festival Author of the Year, Hollywood Book Festival Design of the Year and Hollywood Book Festival Publisher of the Year Honors.
Sponsored by

JM Northern Media LLC
Entry fee

Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate $75 fee for each book.
Submission deadline

June 25, 2012
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The Living Now Book Awards

http://www.livingnowawards.com/index.php
Authors and publishers throughout North America and overseas publishers who publish
English-language books intended for the American market may enter. Books with 2010-
2012 copyright, or that are released between August 2010 and July 2012 are eligible.
Sponsored by

Jenkins Group Inc.
Entry fee

Early-bird entry fee is $75 per title, per category, with fees increasing twice, to $85 and then $95 until the final deadline. Enter one book in one category for a single entry fee;
enter one book in two categories, pay two entry fees. (Sorry, no discount
Submission deadline

July 14, 2012
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The Moombeam Children’s Book Awards

http://www.moonbeamawards.com/
The Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards contest is open to authors, illustrators, and publishers of children’s books written in English or Spanish and intended for the North American market. All 2010 and 2011 copyrights and releases are eligible.
Sponsored by

Jenkins Group Inc.
Entry fee

2011 Entry fees:
$75 per book, per category – until February 26, 2011
$85 per book, per category – February 27, 2010 through June 4, 2011
$95 per book, per category – June 5, 2010 through September 17, 2010
Submission deadline

September 17, 2011
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USA “Best Books” Awards

http://www.usabooknews.com/bestbooks2012awards.html
All books including e-books and audiobooks that have an ISBN number and a publication date of 2010 – 2012 are eligible for this competition which features 130 active categories including categories for first time author and design.
Sponsored by

USA Book News/JPX Media
Entry fee

$69.00 per title/per category
Submission deadline

September 30, 2012
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Writers Digest Self Published Book Awards

http://www.writersdigest.com/selfpublished
Self-published English language books which fall into one of the nine submission categories and have been published, or revised and reprinted between 2007 and 2012, are eligible for this competition. It is also a requirement that the authors have paid the full cost of publication, or that the cost of printing has been paid for by a grant or as part of a prize.
Sponsored by

Writer’s Digest and co-sponsor Book Marketing Works, LLC
Entry fee

First entry: $100
Additional entries: $75 each
Submission deadline

April 20, 2012 
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Please check each award's site for updated information regarding their current calls for entries. You can find the original article at: http://www.thebookdesigner.com/book-awards/ 

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