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Awards that Indie and Self-Published Authors can Apply to for 2013

by Kate Tilton •  August 20, 2013  •   Follow

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Last year we complied a list of awards that indie and self-published books are eligible to win. This year we have an updated list with the current deadlines. Many of these happen every year so if you miss one, try again. Please make sure you check the website for the full requirements and rules. Remember entering to win an award can be a great way to market your book!

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Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award

Deadline: January 27, 2013*
Fee: None
Requirements: You must be the only author of your Manuscript, and your Manuscript must be a novel between 50,000 and 150,000 words. Any Manuscript submitted as an Entry written by two or more authors will not be eligible. Additionally, poems, short stories, and collections of works are not eligible.

Axiom Business Book Awards

Deadline: January 18, 2014
Fee: $75-$95 per title
Requirements: Authors and publishers throughout North America and overseas publishers who publish English-language business books intended for the American market may enter. E-books may be entered in all categories to be judged alongside print books.Books that are published with a 2012-2014 copyright or that were released between June 1, 2012 and January 18, 2014 are eligible.

Beverly Hills Book Awards

Deadline: February 28, 2014
Fee: $75
Requirements: Please send one copy of the book per category entered. 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 publication dates are eligible. You can put all the categories in which you submit on one Submission Form but be sure to copy the submission form and put it in each book you submit in each category. All titles must have an ISBN.

Digital Book Awards

Deadline: October 1, 2013
Fee: $199
Requirements: The Digital Book Awards is committed to quality titles that render beautifully across devices and formats. Entries must be original digital content created by the author, developer or publisher. There are no geographic restrictions on entries.

eLit Book Awards

Deadline: January 31, 2014
Fee: $60-80
Requirements: 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 2012 or 2013 copyright or that were released between January 1, 2012 and January 31, 2014.

EPIC eBook Competition

Deadline: July 15, 2013
Fee: $25-$35
Requirements: Works must be in English. Published and available for sale in eBook format to the public between June 1, 2012 through May 31, 2013. Publication dates are required and will be verified. The publication date must be located in the first five (5) pages, the last five (5) pages, or found via the Internet address (URL) connected to the buy link. Electronic versions of books, previously released in print format, may be entered if the eBook version meets entry requirements.

ForeWord Reviews – Book of the Year Awards

Deadline: January 15, 2014
Fee: $99
Requirements: Any independently published titles in any format—including eBooks—published in 2013. This includes self-published, university press, and POD books. Note: professional production is taken into consideration when judged.

Georgia Author of the Year

Deadline: January 31, 2013*
Fee: $60
Requirements: The Georgia Writers Association recognizes Georgia’s authors of excellence by presenting the Georgia Author of the Year Awards. The GAYA has the distinction of being the oldest literary awards in the Southeastern United States while reflecting the current publishing world. The GAYA honors both independently published authors, those whose books are published by traditional publishing houses.

Global eBook Awards

Deadline: April 30, 2013*
Fee: $79
Requirements: Ebooks published between 2011 and 2013 may be entered in the Global Ebook Awards by their authors, publishers, publicists, illustrators, or other interested parties. Upon completion of your entry order you will be re-directed to the “Add Your Ebook” page. The ebook must be published and offered for sale online. Entries must cite a URL where the book is listed. That may be the author’s website, Amazon.com, Smashwords, etc.  If you are entering the Best Ebook Cover or Best Ebook Trailer categories, please email either a jpeg of the cover of your ebook or the URL of your trailer (must be on YouTube) to Becky@ParaPublishing.com at your earliest convenience.

Green Book Festival

Deadline: May 1, 2013*
Fee: $50
Requirements: The 2013 Green Book Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher works in general non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, young adult, how-to, poetry, science fiction, biography/autobiography, history, gardening, cookbooks, animals, photography/art, wild card (anything goes), scientific, business, spiritual, health/wellness and future forecasts.

Hollywood Book Festival

Deadline: July 3, 2013*
Fee: $75
Requirements: The 2013 Hollywood Book Festival considers published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, young adult, how-to, spiritual, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, science fiction, biography/autobiography, sequels, genre-based, business and history.

IACP Cookbook Awards

Deadline: November 30, 2012*
Fee: $175
Requirements: The Cookbook Awards are open to both IACP members and non-members. New titles, revised editions, and e-books are all eligible subject to differing constraints.

Independent Book Publishers Association – Benjamin Franklin Awards

Deadline: December 31, 2012*
Fee: $90-$190
Requirements: Publishers of books copyrighted in 2012 may enter the competition. Any books submitted with copyright dates other than 2012 must be accompanied with proof of initial distribution in the year 2012.

Independent Publisher Book Awards – IPPY Awards

Deadline: March 15, 2014
Fee: $75-$95
Requirements: Books that are published with a 2012-2014 copyright or that were released between July 1, 2012 and March 15, 2014 are eligible. Publishers are to select the category and/or region (see category and region list) in which the book(s) should be judged. Regional entries do best when their subject matter reflects the region in which they’re entered. In other words, a book by an author from Quebec writing about a murder in Maine will do best in the North-East U.S. region. Make your decision on whether a book sells best at a regional level, and which region it sells in.

IndieReader Discovery Awards

Deadline: March 15th, 2014
Fee: $150
Requirements: The “IndieReader Discovery Awards” are open to indie authors who have self-published books. Books have to have a valid ISBN or ASIN number. There are no restrictions on pub dates. Both eBooks and paper books can be submitted.

International Book Awards

Deadline: July 31, 2013 (early bird)
Fee: $59 (early bird)
Requirements: Eligible titles must have a 2012-2014 publication date, published in English and have an ISBN number. Galley copies are welcome.

Kirkus Indie Best of List 2013

Deadline: August 31, 2013
Fee:  $425
Requirements: To be considered for the Best Indie Books of 2013, your review must be published on Kirkus.com no later than November 8, 2013.

Living Now Book Awards

Deadline: July 27, 2013
Fee: $75-$95
Requirements: The purpose of the Living Now Book Awards is to celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that can help us improve the quality of our lives, from cooking and entertaining to fitness and travel. The awards are open to all books written in English and intended for the North American market.

London Book Festival

Deadline: November 26, 2013
Fee: $50
Requirements: The 2013 London Book Festival will consider books in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian in the competition. The works may be published, self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, cookbooks, compilations/anthologies, genre-based, how-to, photography/art, spiritual, young adult, unpublished, business, wild card (anything goes!), science fiction, and poetry. Works published after January 1, 2010 are eligible.

Mom’s Choice Awards

Deadline: Ongoing
Fee: $300-$900
Requirements: There are three primary qualifiers for entries:
1) Is the item safe?
All products must comply with US product safety standards including, but not limited to the standards set forth by the US Food & Drug Administration and the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
2) Is the item current?
While the MCA does not require a certain manufactured / published date, entered items cannot contain content that is considered “out of date.”
3) Is the item easily available?
Entered items must be easily available for parents, educators, and librarians to acquire (i.e. the item is available via a major retailer such as Amazon).

Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards

Deadline: August 31, 2013
Fee: $75-$95
Requirements: This year’s seventh 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. All 2012 and 2013 copyrights and books released since November 1, 2011 are eligible.

National Indie Excellence Book Awards

Deadline: March 15, 2014
Fee: $69
Requirements: The National Indie Excellence Awards selection committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any book. Please send one copy of the book per category entered. 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, 2013, 2014 publication dates are eligible. You can put all the categories in which you submit on one Submission Form but be sure to copy the submission form and put it in each book you submit in each category. All titles must have an ISBN and be published books. Indie Excellence is open to all English language books that are available for sale online and off. We are not accepting e-books in 2014.

Nautilus Book Awards

Deadline: January 31, 2014
Fee: $185
Requirements: The 2013 Nautilus Book Awards is now accepting entries in 28 subject categories and 5 categories for Children, Teens and Young Adults. Any book (printed) in English and copyrighted, published or released in 2011 or 2012 will be eligible to enter the 2013 Nautilus Awards contest. We accept books from traditional publishers, small presses and self-publishers. Each year the Nautilus Awards has an honorary category to acknowledge the Best in Small Press. Our judges consider a small press title to be any book that qualifies for entry in the Nautilus Awards that is from a publisher who produces less than 10 books a year. All qualified, paid submissions from small presses become candidates for this award. It cannot be entered otherwise. All books must have an ISBN number.

New England Book Festival

Deadline: December 11, 2013
Fee: $50
Requirements: 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 literature, regional literature, spiritual, wild card (anything goes!), business books, unpublished stories and compilations/anthologies. All entries must be in English.

New York Book Festival

Deadline: June 1, 2013*
Fee: $75
Requirements: The 2013 New York Book Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, children’s books, young adult, how-to, poetry, wild card (anything goes!), unpublished stories, science fiction/horror, photography/art, spiritual, business, romance, cookbooks,, compilations/anthologies and biography/autobiography works.

Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Deadline: February 14, 2014
Fee: $75
Requirements: The 2014 Next Generation Indie Book Awards is open to all indie book authors and publishers including independent publishers (small, medium or otherwise), university presses, self-published authors, e-book authors, seasoned authors and even first time authors in the U.S., Canada or internationally who have a book written in English and published in 2013 or 2014 or with a 2013 or 2014 copyright date.

Paris Book Festival

Deadline: April 25, 2013*
Fee: $50
Requirements: The 2013 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!).There is no date of publication restriction. Entries can be in French, English, Spanish, German or Portuguese and can be published, self-published or issued by an independent publishing house.

Readers Views Literary Book Awards (Multiple awards)

Deadline: December 1, 2013
Fee: $85-$95
Requirements: Reader Views Literary Awards are open to all authors regardless of residency, however, the books must be published in the English language and targeted for the North American market. Work published by major book publishers are not eligible.  Books must have 2013 copyright date. (Copyright date is on the copyright page of the printed book. Yes, that means copyright date – no, it doesn’t mean a copyright date of 2012 and publication in 2013. This means copyright in 2013. Please do not ask us for concessions because it’s not going to happen.) Submission for more than one category or more than one title is acceptable.  Books that have racist themes will be not be accepted.

Reader’s Favorite Contest

Deadline: May 1, 2014
Fee: $89
Requirements: We accept manuscripts, published and unpublished books, ebooks, audio books, comic books, poetry books and short stories in 100 genres. No publication date requirement and no word count restriction. English language entries are accepted worldwide.

San Francisco Book Festival

Deadline: May 1, 2013*
Fee: $50
Requirements: The San Francisco Book Festival will consider non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, compilations/anthologies, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, business, history, wild card, gay, photography/art, poetry, unpublished, technology and spiritual/religious works. There is no date of publication restriction. 

Shirley You Jest Awards

Deadline: July 22, 2013
Fee: $50
Requirements: Print and e-book titles PUBLISHED or SELF-PUBLISHED between 2012-2013.

Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Self-Published Book

Deadline: September 10, 2013
Fee: $30
Requirements: Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Independently Published Book. Any independently published book in any genre is eligible for entry. “Independently Published” books include self-published books (such as those published through CreateSpace, Lulu.com, iUniverse, etc.) and/or books published through small presses releasing less than five titles per year. Books entered in last year’s competition are eligible for re-submission in this year’s competition. There is no limit to the number of books an individual can enter; each book is a separate entry.

The Beach Book Festival

Deadline: June 1, 2013*
Fee: $50
Requirements: 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, health-oriented and wild card books published on or after Jan. 1, 2008.

The Book Designer – Monthly eBook Cover Design Award

Deadline: Ongoing
Fee: None
Requirements: Use the submission form. Please link to a cover at least 200 px. wide (and preferably at least 300 x 300 px.) There is no restriction on publication date, but the e-books must be published at the time of submission, and I’m interested in current trends No PDF e-Book covers, that’s a different genre entirely. We love designer credits! No inappropriate subjects, please. We reserve the right to remove any entry for any reason.

The Eric Hoffer Award

Deadline: January 21, 2014
Fee: $50
Requirements: Two grand prizes are awarded annually: one for short prose (i.e. fiction and creative nonfiction) and one for independent books from small, micro, and academic presses, as well as self-published books. Prizes include a $250 award for short prose and a $2,000 award for best independent book. In addition to the two main grand prize awards, various other honors and distinctions are given for both prose and books, including the Montaigne Medal, the da Vinci Eye, and the First Horizon Award. Submissions are accepted each year by nominating books and prose. The book deadline is January 21st. The prose deadline is March 31st.

The Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards

Deadline: December 31, 2013
Fee: $48
Requirements: The book must be self-published or published by a small, independent or academic press in the UK. If NOT published in the UK, the book must be published by a small, independent or academic press and be for sale in the UK market (even if only on the internet e.g. on Amazon.co.uk). The book must be predominantly in English and published in 2011, 2012 or 2013.

USA Best Book Awards

Deadline: September 30, 2013
Fee: $69
Requirements: Open to all books with an ISBN and published in 2013 (galley copies welcome). 2011 and 2012 titles are also eligible.

Writer’s Digest – Self-Published Book Awards

Deadline: May 31, 2013*
Fee: $100
Requirements: The competition is open to all English-language self-published books for which the authors have paid the full cost of publication, or the cost of printing has been paid for by a grant or as part of a prize.

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Kate Tilton has been in love with books for as long as she can remember. Kate believes books saved her life and strives to repay authors for bringing books into the world by serving as a dependable author assistant. A cat-lover and fan of many geeky things, you are likely to find Kate curled up with the latest Doctor Who episode, plotting world take-over, or assisting authors and readers in any way she can. Kate is also a self-proclaimed Twitter addict, you will find her hosting #K8chat, her own creation, every Thursday night on Twitter from 9-10pm Eastern. You can connect with her on her websiteTwitter, or BiblioCrunch.

About Kate Tilton

Kate Tilton has been serving authors since 2010. Founder of Kate Tilton’s Author Services, LLC, Kate works as an author assistant, social media manager, and speaker with the mission of connecting authors and readers. Kate is the creator and host of #K8chat (Thursdays at 9pm Eastern on Twitter) and has appeared on popular media such as Publishers Weekly and Library Journal. You can find Kate on katetilton.com.