“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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THE 2015 INDEPENDENT PUBLISHER BOOK AWARDs are open and will accept entries until March 10, 2015.


Conducted annually, the Independent Publisher Book Awards honor the year's best independently published titles from around the world. The awards are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. Celebrating our 19th anniversary this year, we are now accepting entries for books released between January 1, 2013 and March 10, 2015.

Click here to download our guidelines and entry form as a PDF document (156KB)

The "IPPY" Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market.

We define "independent" as:

  1. Independently owned and operated
  2. Operated by a foundation or university
  3. Long-time independents that became incorporated but operate autonomously and publish fewer than 50 titles a year.

The world's largest book awards competition offers:

  • Over 75 subject categories in National awards
  • Regional awards for the United States, Canada, Australia/New Zealand, and Europe
  • E-Book Awards with fiction, non-fiction, children's and regional categories
  • Winners receive a celebration party in New York City, medals, stickers, certificates, national publicity in major trade publications including Publisher's Weekly and Shelf Awareness.
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