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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Book Awards Competitions for Self-Pubs

Every year there are a number of great opportunities to enter your self- or indie-published book into an awards competition. I have been asked if I could mention some of the competitions here as a central location for locating great competition opportunities.

This post lists current information about upcoming award competition opportunities. I'm not endorsing these specific competitions as better than others. But this is a good list to start from.

(Advance apologies for the variation in font styles and sizes. Lots of cutting and pasting from other sites.)

Call for Entries – 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards now open!

Announcing the 15th annual Independent Publisher Book Awards, honoring the year’s best independently published titles. We’ll accept entries until March 19th, 2011 for books with 2010 and 2011 copyrights or that are released in 2010 or early 2011.

Early-bird entry incentives are available – enter today!

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 1) independently owned and operated; 2) operated by a foundation or university; or 3) long-time independents that became incorporated but operate autonomously and publish fewer than 50 titles a year.

Thanks and good luck to all participants!


Next Generation Indie Book Awards®

  • Open to independent authors and publishers worldwide
  • The largest not-for-profit awards program for independent publishers
  • Enter books released in 2010 or 2011 or with a 2010 or 2011 copyright date
  • 60 categories to choose from
  • Cash prizes and fabulous awards
  • Exposure of top 60 books to leading New York literary agent
  • Gala awards reception held at the world famous Plaza Hotel in New York City
  • Earn recognition and receive other benefits from having an award-winning book
2011 Hollywood Book Festival

-The 2011 Hollywood Book Festival is now in the late registration period for its annual competition celebrating books that deserve greater recognition fro the film, television game and multimedia communities. All books must be in our hands by close of business on July 6.

Based in the capital of show business, the Hollywood Book Festival aims to spotlight literature worthy of further consideration by the talent-hungry pipeline of the entertainment industry.

The 2011 Hollywood Book Festival will consider 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.

SAN FRANCISCO _ The 2011 San Francisco Book Festival has issued a call for entries for its annual program celebrating the best books of the Spring season.

The San Francisco Book Festival will consider 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.


SAN FRANCISCO_ The 2011 Green Book Festival has issued its call for entries to its annual competition honoring books that contribute to greater understanding, respect for and positive action on the changing worldwide environment.

All packages must be received by the close of business on April 25, 2011. Winners will be honored on May 15 in San Francisco.

The 2011 Green Book Festival will consider published, self-published and independent publisher works in the following categories: 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.

In addition to the above, Writer's Digest sponsors several writing competitions annually. These are the 2010 entries. There will be corresponding contests next year. Just watch the site. To read more about their competitions, see below.
Writer's Digest Popular Fiction Awards

Deadline: 11/1/2010

Writer's Digest is accepting entries in the Popular Fiction Awards. Compete and Win in All 5 Categories! The Grand Prize-Winner will receive a trip to the Writer's Digest Conference in New York City, $2,500 cash, $100 worth of Writer's Digest Books and the 2011 Novel & Short Story Writer's Market.

Writer's Digest Annual Short Short Story Writing Competition

Deadline: 12/1/2010

Writer's Digest is now accepting entries in the 11th Annual Short Short Story Competition. Winners will appear in our June 2011 issue.

Writer's Digest Poetry Awards Competition

Deadline: 12/15/2010

The 6th Annual Writer’s Digest Poetry Awards is now accepting entries. Don't miss your chance to win cash, a trip to the Writer's Digest Conference and exposure in our August 2011 issue.

Writer's Digest 79th Annual Writing Competition

We are no longer accepting entries for this competition. We are awarding more than $30,000 in cash and prizes. Winners will be notified in October and top winners will be announced in our December issue.

The top 10 winners in each category from the 78th Annual Competition were listed in the December 2009 issue of Writer's Digest. You can also check out the winners of the 78th Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition here.

The Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards

The 18th Annual Self-Published Book Awards is no longer accepting entries.We are giving away more than $17,000 in cash and prizes. Winners will be notified in October and announced in the March 2011 issue.

Thank you to all of the participants in the 17th Annual competition. Winners have been notified and the results appear in the March/April 2010 issue of Writer's Digest.

Your Story

Every other month, Writer's Digest presents a creative challenge for fun and prizes. We'll provide a short, open-ended prompt. In turn, you'll submit a short story of 750 words or fewer based on that prompt. You can be funny, poignant, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story. The winner will receive publication in an upcoming issue of Writer's Digest.


There are getting to be more and more competitions and awards for self-published works every year. Google "Self-Published Book Award Competitions 2011" to find others.

Hope this post has been helpful. That's it for today.



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