Final Entry Deadline for 2019 IPPY Awards Fast Approaching
Contest Celebrates 23 Years of Awarding and Recognizing Indie Books
The final entry deadline for the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards is just two weeks away – February 23, 2019. Known in the industry by its nickname the "IPPYs," the contest is the largest and most competitive awards program for independently published books in the English-speaking world. The 2019 contest marks the 23rd anniversary of "Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing." Medalists from around the world will gather at the annual IPPY Award ceremony and gala taking place on May 28th, on the eve of BookExpo America.
See "Around the World with IPPY" about the international medalists who attended our 20th annual event.
Since its founding in 1996, 22 years of coveted IPPY medals have been awarded to a diverse group of publishers, authors, and illustrators, including the U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, legendary rock musician Mitch Ryder, and novelist and McSweeney’s founder Dave Eggers. How old are the medalists? 2016 award ceremony attendees included Best Children's Illustrated E-Book gold medalist Trisha Rao, then just nine years old; 97 year-old yoga instructor Tao Porchon-Lynch's inspiring memoir won an IPPY as did 96 year-old Mary Willan Mason's historical novel about the Canadian frontier -- and they both partied the night away with us on the 99th floor of Willis Tower in Chicago.
This year, medals will be presented in 85 subject categories, as well as 24 regional and 11 ebook categories. Last year’s contest drew in nearly 5,000 entries from an entrant pool that has greatly diversified over the years, as self-publishing, hybrid publishing, and independent publishers have all grown and thrived. Medalists represented 41 U.S. states plus Guam and District of Columbia; 6 Canadian provinces; and 12 countries overseas.
To view the 2018 IPPY medalists, click here.
Authors and publishers have until the February 23rd deadline to submit their best titles for consideration, after which the contest will be closed for judging until the results announcement on about April 10th. The 2019 medal presentation will take place on May 28th at the legendary Copacabana night club in Times Square, in conjunction with BookExpo America.
See "A Night to Remember" about the 2018 IPPY Award ceremony at the Copa.
Don't miss out on this opportunity for recognition, publicity, and the year's biggest celebration of "Excellence in Independent Publishing." Be there!
Still undecided? See "Why Enter Book Awards?" with the Top 7 Reasons to Enter.
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IndependentPublisher.com (formerly Small Press magazine) initially conceived the IPPYs to help recognize the work of independent publishers who remained unsung by major publications and awards programs. "Despite having produced a wealth of well-written, beautifully designed books, small presses were largely overlooked in favor of the big publishing houses," says Awards Director Jim Barnes. "We reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing." The IPPY Awards are presented by IndependentPublisher.com and Jenkins Group, a northern Michigan-based publishing services company.
See an article about the first 21 years of the IPPY Awards.
For more information about the awards, visit the IPPY website here.