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“Our winning of a gold medal in the 2008 competition has greatly helped book sales. We sold nearly 2500 copies of Wild Alberta at the Crossroads last year and had to order a reprint of 1500. When we show retailers the gold medal they are always impressed and invariably order some books.”

- Robin White, NatureWatch Partners

“My latest project was planned as a more personal story. It became a lengthy labor of love. When I made the decision to enter my book in the IPPY Awards, I had no idea it was the same company who awarded me in 1997 (that year they were called the Small Press Book Awards). Fifteen years later, there I was in New York, my three daughters in attendance, receiving recognition for my work. Although years have passed, writing and publishing continues to be a wondrous and fulfilling purpose in my life.”

- Cynthia Olsen, two-time IPPY Award winner

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National Categories

  1. Fine Art
  2. Performing Arts (Music/Dance/Cinema/Theater)
  3. Photography
  4. Architecture
  5. Popular Fiction
  6. Literary Fiction
  7. Short Story Fiction
  8. Anthologies
  9. Juvenile Fiction
  10. Young Adult Fiction
  11. Fantasy
  12. Science Fiction
  13. Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Fiction
  14. Historical Fiction
  15. Military/Wartime Fiction
  16. Horror
  17. Multicultural Fiction
  18. Multicultural Fiction – Juv-Young Adult
  19. Mystery/Cozy/Noir
  20. Suspense/Thriller
  21. Religious Fiction
  22. Romance
  23. True Crime
  24. Urban Fiction
  25. Visionary Fiction
  26. Children's Picture Books ( 7 & Under)
  27. Children's Picture Books (All ages)
  28. Children's Interactive (Activity, Audio, App, etc.)
  29. Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction
  30. Multicultural N-F Juv-Young Adult
  31. Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult
  32. Essay/Creative Non-Fiction
  33. Autobiography/Memoir I (Celebrity/Political/Romance)
  34. Autobiography/Memoir II (Coming of Age/Family Legacy/Travel)
  35. Autobiography/Memoir III (Personal Struggle/Health Issues)
  36. Biography
  37. Aging/Death & Dying
  38. Animals/Pets
  39. Business/Career/Sales
  40. Coffee Table Books
  41. Cookbooks – General
  42. Cookbooks – Nutritional/Vegetarian
  43. Current Events I (Political/Economic/Foreign Affairs)
  44. Current Events II (Social Issues/Humanitarian)
  45. Education I (Workbook/Resource)
  46. Education II (Commentary/Theory)
  47. Environment/Ecology/Nature
  48. Erotica
  49. Finance/Investment/Economics
  50. Gay/Lesbian/Bi/Trans Non-Fiction
  51. Gift/Specialty/Journal
  52. Holiday
  53. Health/Medicine/Nutrition
  54. Graphic Novel/Drawn Book – General
  55. Graphic Novel/Drawn Book – Drama/Documentary
  56. History (U.S.)
  57. History (World)
  58. Home & Garden
  59. How-To (Crafts/Hobby/Industrial Arts)
  60. Humor
  61. Inspirational/Spiritual
  62. New Age/Mind-Body-Spirit
  63. Parenting
  64. Poetry
  65. Popular Culture
  66. Psychology/Mental Health
  67. Sports/Fitness/Recreation
  68. Reference
  69. Religion (Eastern/Western)
  70. Science
  71. Self Help
  72. Sexuality/Relationships
  73. Transportation (Auto/Aviation/Railroad, etc.)
  74. Travel – Essay
  75. Travel – Guidebook
  76. Women's Issues
  77. Writing/Publishing
  78. Book/Author/Publisher Website
  79. Cover Design – Fiction
  80. Cover Design – Non-Fiction
  81. Cover Design – Non-Fiction Oversize
  82. Best First Book – Fiction
  83. Best First Book – Non-Fiction

E-Book Categories

E1. Best Adult Fiction E-Book

E2. Best Romance/Erotica E-Book

E3. Best Mystery/Thriller E-Book

E4. Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book

E5. Best Adult Non-Fiction Personal E-Book

E6. Best Adult Non-Fiction Informational E-Book

E7. Best Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction E-Book

E8. Best Children's Illustrated E-Book

E9. Best Regional E-Book – Fiction

E10. Best Regional E-Book – Non-Fiction

Regional Categories

(Awards for “Best Fiction” and “Best Non-Fiction” in each region)

Northeast – ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY

Mid- Atlantic – PA, WV, VA, DE, MD, DC, NJ

Southeast – KY, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL

South – MS, LA, AR, TX, TN

Great Lakes – OH, MI, IN, IL, WI

Midwest – MN, IA, MO, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND

West-Mountain – MT, WY, UT, CO, NM, AZ, ID, NV

West-Pacific – CA, OR, WA, HI, AK

Canada–East – ON, QB, NF, NB, NS, PE, Nunavit

Canada-West – BC, AB, SK, MB, NW Territories, Yukon

Australia/New Zealand