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iUniverse Recognition Programs

The Editor's Choice, Rising Star, and STAR recognition programs demonstrate your title's editorial quality to literary agents and booksellers, and as a result, can help provide you with enhanced opportunities for exposure on local, regional, and national levels.

Congratulations to our recent designees:

Katrine by Joseph Dorris

Joseph Dorris
Awarded Rising Star 05/2017

A Home for Emma by Sandy White

Sandy White
Awarded Rising Star 08/2017

Falling Into Now by Claire Smith

Claire Smith
Awarded Rising Star 10/2017

Zero Waste in the Last Best Place by Bradley Edward Layton, Ph.D, P.E.

Bradley Edward Layton, Ph.D, P.E.
Awarded Rising Star 10/2017

Check out our bookstore to see more from our Editor's Choice, Rising Star, and STAR authors.

Benefits and Advantages



Depending on the program you qualify for, benefits of the designations include:

  • STAR Program titles have a rights consultant, similar to traditional publishing houses, who presents STAR titles to international publishers, book clubs, and audio book publishers for their consideration
  • A copy of your Rising Star or STAR title is sent to Barnes & Noble for considered placement within bookstores
  • Exclusive placement in select sections of the iUniverse online bookstore
  • Respective logo placed on your book's back cover and next to your title in the iUniverse online bookstore
  • Exclusive access to writing contest opportunities for books in the STAR program
  • Promotion through iUniverse social media

The Entryway to Success for Our Bestsellers

Learn how iUniverse determines the books that earn the distinguished Editor's Choice, Rising Star, and STAR awards.

Learn more about the Editor's Choice Recognition Program


Learn more about the Rising Star Recognition Program


Learn more about the STAR Recognition Program