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Please note, iUniverse is not affiliated with any of the contests listed on this page and is not responsible for any contest decisions. Deadlines, prizes, and entry fees are subject to change.

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The National Indie Excellence Book Awards

Deadline: March 31, 2018
Entry Fee: $75 per entry/per category
Prizes: Recognition on IndieExcellence.com, inclusion in a news release, and the right to highlight the award on your book and marketing materials.
Eligibility: Independent books with publication dates of 2016, 2017, and 2018.

Writer's Digest Self-Published e-Book Awards

Early-Bird Deadline: April 3, 2017
Deadline: May 1, 2017
Entry Fee: $99 for early-bird submissions and $110 for regular submissions
Prizes: One Grand Prize winner, one First Prize winner per category and honorable mention winners. See website for details.
Eligibility: All books self-published or revised and reprinted between 2012 and 2017.

Beach Book Festival

Deadline: April 25, 2017
Entry Fee: $75 per entry/per category
Grand Prize: Cash appearance fee and flight to New York for the June 2017 awards ceremony.
Eligibility: Books published on or after Jan. 1, 2014.

San Francisco Book Festival

Deadline: April 25, 2017
Entry Fee: $50 per title
Grand Prize: $1,500 cash appearance fee and flight to San Francisco for the gala awards ceremony in May 2017.
Eligibility: No date of publication restriction.

International Book Awards

Deadline: April 30, 2018
Entry Fee: $79 per title/per category
Prizes: Exposure in national and international media, social media, and recognition on InternationalBookAwards.com & AmericanBookFest.com.
Eligibility: 2016-2018 titles published in English with an ISBN and currently available for sale online to global consumers.

New York Book Festival

Deadline: May 25, 2017
Entry Fee: $50 per entry
Prizes: $1,500 appearance fee and flight to New York for the awards ceremony.
Eligibility: Entries can be in English, Spanish, French or Italian and must be published on or after Jan. 1, 2013.

Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards

Deadline: Jan. 15, 2017
Entry Fee: $99 per entry and $79 for additional categories

Prizes: Exposure in Foreword Reviews, weekly e-mail Foreword This Week and social media channels. Books named Editor’s Choice will also win cash prizes.
Eligibility: Any book independently published in 2016. Revised editions of previously issued books are eligible for entry only with newly issued ISBNs.

Los Angeles Times Book Prizes

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London Book Festival Awards

Deadline: Nov. 25, 2017
Entry Fee: $50 per entry
Grand Prize: $1,500 appearance fee and flight to London for the gala awards ceremony.
Eligibility: Entries can be in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, or Italian and must be published after Jan. 1, 2014.

Reader Views Literary Awards

Please check back for 2017-2018 contest information.

Eric Hoffer Award for Independent Books

Deadline: Jan. 21, 2017
Entry Fee: $55 per entry
Prizes: One $2,000 grand prize will be awarded for independent books. Each category will be awarded a winner, runner-up, and multiple honorable mentions. Individual press type honors will also be awarded.
Eligibility: Entries must be from an academic press, small press, or self-published author and be published or copyrighted in 2014-2016.

USA Best Book Awards

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2017
Entry Fee: $79 per book/per category
Prizes: Exposure in national media, publishing industry, social media and 10-month listing on BestBookAwards.com.
Eligibility: All titles with an ISBN published 2015-2017.

Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Deadline: Feb. 17, 2017
Entry Fee: $75 for the first category entered plus $50 for each additional category entered
Prizes: Top 70 books will be forwarded to a leading literary agent for review and possible representation.
Eligibility: Independently published in English and released in 2015, 2016 or 2017, or with a 2015, 2016 or 2017 copyright date.

DIY Book Festival

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Independent Publisher Book (IPPY) Awards

Deadline: Feb. 25, 2017
Entry Fee: $95 per title/per category
Prizes: National publicity in major trade publications and entry to the award ceremony and celebration party during BookExpo America.
Eligibility: Independently published and released between Jan. 1, 2015 and Feb. 25, 2017.

 

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