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Award-Winning iUniverse Titles

Writers put a considerable amount of time and care into their work and we believe the efforts of our authors should be recognized. Many iUniverse books have gone on to earn awards from prestigious establishments and writing competitions such as the NAACP Image Awards, National Indie Excellence® Book Awards and Independent Publisher Book Awards, to name a few.

Calling All iUniverse Award-Winning Authors

If you’re interested in entering a writing contest to earn your own honors, visit the National Writing Contests page to see a list of competitions, prizes, entry fees and eligibility guidelines. 

If you’re an iUniverse author who’s won an award, please let us know by sending an email to media@iuniverse.com.

Celebrate Our Authors

Please join us in congratulating some of our most recent award winners:

"Face of the Bell Witch: Book One of the Medium Series" by Jerry Gundersheimer

Jerry Gundersheimer | Face of the Bell Witch: Book One of the Medium Series 

2017 Independent Press Awards
Winner — Paranormal Thriller Category

M. L. Becker | Iron O'Brian  

2017 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Book Awards
Gold Winner in Fiction: Historical and a Silver Winner in Fiction: Romance

"Iron O'Brian" by M. L. Becker

"The Dominican Experiment" by Michael D’Amato and George Santos

Michael D’Amato and George Santos| The Dominican Experiment

2016 National Indie Excellence Award Winners and Finalists
Finalist/Winner, Travel: Multicultural Non Fiction/ Current Events Category

JB Hamilton Queen | Sting

2016 National Indie Excellence Award Winners and Finalists
Finalist, Fiction: LGBTQ Fiction

"Sting" by JB Hamilton Queen

Additional Award-Winning Titles

iUniverse would like to congratulate and recognize our authors who’ve been awarded by writing competitions from around the country. Many of these contests receive thousands of submissions each year, so it is a great honor to be awarded in either a specific category or as an overall winner.

2016 National Indie Excellence Award Winners and Finalists

Sightseeing in the Undiscovered Country
Louisa Oakley Green
Finalist, Body/Mind/Spirit Category

2016 Pacific Book Awards

Pharaohs of the Sky
Robert L. Ballantyne
Winner – Best Science-Fiction

2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards: Regional & Ebook Results

The Hivernante
Mary Willan Mason
Best Regional Fiction, Gold – Canada West Category

Dagger in the Cup
JB Hamilton Queen
Best Regional Fiction, Bronze – Mid Atlantic Category

The Crisis of Islamism
Ismail Rifaat
Current Events (Political/ Economic/ Foreign Affairs), Bronze – National Medalist Category

2015 Nautilus Awards

The Ecowarriors
Sandra Dreis
Silver Winner – YA First Category

2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Seven Stories Above LA
John Benjamin Franklin III
Winner – First Novel (Under 80,000 words) Category

RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress
Kristen Lee Costa, EdD, LICSW
Winner – Motivational Category
Winner – Self-Help Category

2015 Independent Publisher Book Awards

Wheelchair Wisdom
Linda Noble Topf
Bronze Winner – Self Help Category

Still Running
Nathaniel Northington
Silver Winner – Sports/Fitness/Recreation Category

2015 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Crow's Row
Julie Hockley
Winner – Young Adult Category

Turned On! A Young Professor's 1960s Memoir
S. P. Perone
Finalist – Autobiography/Biography and Memoirs (Other)

Where's My Happily Ever After?
Elle Kay
Finalist – Chick Lit

The Dominican Experiment
Michael D'Amato and George Santos
Finalist – Education/Academic and Multicultural Non-fiction

RESET: Make the Most of Your Stress
Kristen Lee Costa, EdD, LICSW
Finalist – Health/Wellness

The Guestbook at Asilomar
RJ Stastny
Finalist – LGBT (Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgender)

Salmon River Kid
Joseph Dorris
Finalist – Regional Fiction

Twin River II: Have Weapons Will Travel
Michael Fields
Finalist – Suspense/Thriller

The Dragon In The Room: Is Love Too Much To Ask For?
J. K. E. Rose
Finalist – Best Overall Design Non-fiction

The Kirkus Review's Best Books of 2014 – Indie List

Stein House
By Myra Hargrave McIlvain

Whirlwind and Storm
By Charles E. Farnsworth

2014 Beverly Hills Book Awards

Coulda, Shoulda, Woulda
Kenna P. Marriott
Winner of the “Cancer” Category

Quintessential Bellydance
Evyenia Karmi
Winner of the “Performing Arts" Category

2014 International Book Awards

Donny’s Unauthorized Technical Guide to Harley-Davidson: 1936 to Present
Donny Petersen
Winner of the “Transportation: Automobile/Motorcycle/Mechanical” Category

2014 Independent Book Awards

National Category Medal Winners

Take Charge of Your Life: How to Get What You Need with Choice-Theory Psychology
William Glasser, M.D.
Gold Medal – Self-Help

Anvil of God: Book One of the Carolingian Chronicles
By J. Boyce Gleason
Gold Medal (tie) – Historical Fiction

People Training for Good Dogs: What Breeders Don't Tell You and Trainers Don't Teach
By Melissa Berryman
Silver Medal – Animals/Pets

Regional Category Medal Winners

Puritan Witch: The Redemption of Rebecca Eames
By Peni Jo Renner
Silver Medal – Northeast - Best Regional Fiction

Paddy’s People: Tales of Life, Love, Laughter, and Smelly Horses
By Gerry Burke
Bronze Medal – Australia/New Zealand – Best Regional Fiction

2014 National Indie Excellence Awards

Dagger in the Cup
By JB Hamilton Queen
Awarded in the “Fiction” category

2014 Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Wildflowers in the Median: A Restorative Journey into Healing, Justice, and Joy
By Agnes Furey and Leonard Scovens
First Place in the “Inspirational” category

Caroline Severance
By Virginia Elwood-Akers
First Place in the “Nonfiction” category

You Are Here
By Chris Delyani
First Place in the “Mainstream Fiction” category

2013 Kirkus Indie Reviews’ Best Indie Books

Riding the Tiger
By Milena Banks
Best Indie Books of 2013

The Quran: With or Against the Bible?
By Ejaz Naqvi, MD
Best Indie Books of 2013

A Manual for the Modern Mystic
By Rio Olesky
Best Indie Books of 2013

2013 NAACP Image Awards

Nikki G: A Portrait of Nikki Giovanni in Her Own Words
By Darryl L. Lacy
Winner in the “Literary Work – Debut Author” category

2012 NAACP Image Awards

Afro Clouds & Nappy Rain: The Curtis Brown Poems
By James B. Golden
Winner in the “Outstanding Literary Work – Poetry” category