"Recognizing Excellence in Independent Publishing"

The "IPPY" Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers. Established as the first awards program open exclusively to independents, over 1000 "IPPYs" have been awarded to publishers throughout North America. The Awards recognize Ten Outstanding Books of the Year in categories such as Most Inspirational to Youth and Most Likely To Save the Planet, and to a winner and two finalists in 55 different categories, ranging from non-fiction categories like Animals/Pets and Psychology to fiction categories like Multicultural and Horror. This year we saw continued emergence of quality publishing from independents around the world.

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IPPY Awards 2005 - Final Call for Entries

"Recognizing Exellence in Independent Publishing"
TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. - The ninth annual Independent Publisher Book Awards, conducted to honor the year's best independently published titles, will accept entries until April 15, 2005, for books with 2004 copyrights or that were released in 2004.

The 2004 Awards attracted books from over 1300 publishers around the world; from all 50 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces, the Philippines, and 12 foreign countries. The 2004 Awards saw a continued increase in quality and diversity – entrants come in all sizes and from all walks of life; Religion and Spirituality entries came from priests, nuns, protestant ministers, rabbis, and Buddhist monks.

The Independent Publisher Book Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles produced each year. No membership is required, and we don’t accept advertising in Independent Publisher Online, so there are no conflicts of interest. Corporate-owned publishers that consider themselves independent are eligible if they function autonomously and publish fewer than 50 titles per year.

The IPPY Awards reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Independent spirit and expertise comes from publishers of all sizes and budgets, and we judge books with that in mind. Entries will be accepted in 58 categories, including three new ones this year:
* Anthologies
* Religious Fiction
* True Crime
Also new this year: 5-10 semi-finalists will be named in each category prior to announcement of final results.

Best of luck to all IPPY Awards participants!

$5000 in Cash will be awarded to the Ten Outstanding Books of the Year

For 22 years our mission at Independent Publisher has been to recognize and encourage the work of publishers who exhibit the courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground, and bring about changes, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society, our environment, and our collective spirit.

One book in each of the following categories will receive a $500 cash award and special public recognition:

Most Original Concept

Most Likely to Save the Planet

Best Corporate Branding Book

Most Unique Design

Best Book Arts Craftsmanship

Story Teller of the Year

Most Inspirational to Youth

Most Life-Changing

Best Health Book

Business Breakthrough of the Year

These winning titles may or may not be finalists among the regular 58 categories. No extra effort is needed to enter; they will be chosen from the regular Award entries. Categories subject to revision.

“Celebrate Independence in Publishing!” - IPPY AWARDS 2005


Who May Enter
Independent, university, small press, and self-publishers throughout North America and overseas publishers who publish books intended for the American market. Print-On-Demand and other independent authors are welcome to enter their books themselves.

Books that are published with a 2004 copyright or that were released in 2004. Publishers are to select the category (see category list) in which the book(s) should be judged. Submission for more than one category is acceptable. Submit one copy of the title per category. All books entered become the property of Independent Publisher Online and will not be returned.

Entry Fee
$75.00(US) per title, per category. (One book, one category; $75. One book, two categories; $150.) Please include check, credit card info, or online registration receipt in the same package as the books. When entering a title into more than one category, please send one copy for each category entered. Fees are to be paid in U.S. funds.

Judging Process
Judging will be based on content, originality, design, and production quality. Judging panel includes experts from the fields of bookselling, editing, design, reviewing, and library. Five to ten semi-finalists per category will be named on May 9th; final results to be announced at a gala awards ceremony at BookExpo America in New York on June 3rd.

All entries must be received by April 15, 2005.

Awards and Recognition
Awards go to one winner and two finalists per category, Winners receive trophies; finalists receive certificates; semi-finalists receive honorable mention. $500 in cash will go to each of the TEN OUTSTANDING BOOKS OF THE YEAR. Gold seals are available to all.

How to Send
Ship books with entry fee(s) and entry form(s) to:

Independent Publisher Book Awards 2005
Jenkins Group Inc.
400 W. Front St. – Suite 4A
Traverse City, MI 49684

Ph: 1-800-706-4636 ext. 1011 - Fax: 1-231-933-0448
Web: www.independentpublisher.com

1. Fine Art
2. Performing Arts
3. Photography
4. Architecture
5. General Fiction
6. Short Story Fiction
7. Anthologies
8. Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction
9. Fantasy/Science Fiction
10. Historical/Military Fiction
11. Horror
12. Multicultural Fiction
13. Multicultural Fiction – Juv-Y/A
14. Mystery/Suspense/Thriller
15. Religious Fiction
16. Romance
17. True Crime
18. Visionary Fiction
19. Children’s Picture Books (6 & Under)
20. Children’s Picture Books (7 & Over)
21. Children’s Interactive (Activity, Audio, CDRom, etc.)
22. Juvenile-Teen-Y/A Non-Fiction
23. Multicultural N-F Juv-Teen-YA
24. Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult
25. Essay/Creative Non-Fiction
26. Autobiography/Memoir
27. Biography
28. Aging/Death & Dying
29. Animals/Pets
30. Business/Career/Sales
31. Coffee Table Books
32. Computer/Internet
33. Cookbooks
34. Current Events (Political/Social)
35. Education/Academic/Teaching
36. Environment/Ecology/Nature
37. Erotica/Sexuality
38. Finance/Investment/Economics
39. Gay/Lesbian
40. Health/Medicine/Nutrition
41. History
42. Home & Garden
43. How-To (Crafts/Hobby)
44. Humor
45. Inspirational/Spiritual
46. New Age
47. Parenting (Child Care/Family)
48. Poetry
49. Popular Culture/Leisure
50. Psychology/Mental Health
51. Sports/Fitness/Recreation
52. Reference
53. Religion (Eastern/Western)
54. Science
55. Self Help
56. Travel – Essay
57. Travel – Guidebook
58. Women’s Issues

Questions? Contact Jim Barnes
Email: jimb@bookpublishing.com
1-800-644-0133 x.1011