7th Annual Living Now Book Contest Draws to a Close

This week marks the final deadline for the seventh annual Living Now Book Awards, the awards contest for lifestyle, health, and mind-body-spirit books. Authors and publishers have until the final deadline of Sunday, July 19th to enter their best titles in hopes of winning a gold, silver, or bronze medal and the coveted "award-winner" title in one of the contest’s 35 categories.

Launched in 2008, the Living Now Book Awards spotlight the year’s best and brightest life-changing books, or “books for better living.” The awards celebrate the innovation and creativity of newly published books that can help readers improve the quality of their lives, from cooking and entertaining to fitness and travel. The contest’s 30 regular categories acknowledge the year’s best titles in these and many more subjects, both fiction and non-fiction. Since 2013, special Living Now Awards have also been given in five Evergreen categories, which honor books published since 2000.

Publishers of all sizes enter the Living Now Book Awards, making the results listing an incredibly diverse grouping of titles. In addition to established indie presses such as Bright Sky Press, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, and Greenleaf Book Group, last year’s medalists also came from self-publishers and large publishing houses like HarperCollins and Hachette. Traditional, hybrid, and self-publishing models are all reflected in the results listing. 

“We see such a variety of entries, and it’s really indicative of the larger publishing industry today,” says Jim Barnes, Awards Director. “Creativity and excellence are coming from all types of publishers, so this year’s awards are anyone’s game.”

The results of the 2015 contest will be announced in early September. The Living Now Awards are presented by publishing services company Jenkins Group and IndependentPublisher.com.