For 18 years the Independent Publisher Book Awards have been conducted annually to honor the year's best independently published titles. 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 books are judged with that in mind. All independent, university, small press, and self-publishers who produce books intended for the North American market are eligible to enter. Independent authors using print-on-demand publishing services are welcome to enter their books themselves.
National entries will be accepted in 76 categories, including 19 fiction categories. We recently split the Gay/Lesbian category into separate Fiction and Non-Fiction categories ; we added Juvenile Fiction and Military/Wartime Fiction, and split the Mystery category into Mystery/Cozy/Noir and Suspense/Thriller. Memoir has been divided into three divisions, and History into U.S. and World divisions; we also recently added the category Gift/Specialty/Journal. Our newest category is Book/Author/Publisher Website, for which we’ll award medals to the websites our judges choose as the best site for promoting a book, author or publisher. (This category replaces Best Book Marketing.)
Awards will be given in recognition of the Best Regional Fiction and Best Regional Non-Fiction books in eight U.S. and two Canadian regions, plus Australia/New Zealand. Regional books of fiction are typically set within the region, and deal with a local event, characters or topic; regional non-fiction entries are often guidebooks, picture books and informative books on regional history, geography, travel, etc. If your book is written or published with a regional focus, don't miss the opportunity to extend your exposure and increase your chances of winning a regional Independent Publisher Book Award. In general, children’s picture books don’t fare well in these categories.
To acknowledge the growing importance of e-books in our fast-changing business of publishing and bookselling, we’ve added an e-book division to the IPPY Awards. This year we will accept e-books in all categories, and also present ten new e-book awards: Best Adult Fiction E-Book, Best Adult Non-Fiction E-Book, Best Romance/Erotica E-Book; Best Mystery/Thriller E-Book; Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book; Best Non-Fiction Personal E-Book (Self-Help, Memoir, Inspirational, etc.); Best Non-Fiction Informational E-Book (Business, History, Parenting, etc.); Best Juvenile Fiction E-Book, Best Children’s Illustrated E-Book, Best Regional E-Book (East) and Best Regional E-Book (West). Regional – East includes entries from Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Regional –West includes entries from Australia, New Zealand, and the Orient. Entry fee is just $55 when adding an e-book entry to a regular print book entry; fees are the same as National category fees when entering an e-book category only.
E-Book and Audiobooks Eligibility and Submission
We do accept both e-books and audiobooks in our regular subject categories, and they may be submitted electronically in any commonly used format.
For 30 years our mission at IndependentPublisher.com 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 change. One book in each of the following categories will receive a gold medal for Outstanding Book of the Year:
Most Original Concept
Most Likely to Save the Planet
Most Outstanding Design
Peacemaker of the Year
Outstanding E-Book Achievement
Best Book Arts Craftsmanship
Independent Spirit Award
Independent Voice Award
These winning titles may or may not be medalists among the regular national categories or regional competition. No extra effort is needed to enter; they will be chosen from the regular Award entries. Categories are subject to change.
The Independent Publisher Book Awards, launched in 1996, were 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, the "IPPYs" recognize hundreds of the year's best books, giving them instant credibility and bringing them to the attention of booksellers, buyers, librarians, and book lovers around the world.
Each year we see continued emergence of quality publishing from independents around the world. About 2,000 publishers participate each year, from all 50 United States, Canada, and English-speaking countries around the world. 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.