Friday, January 16, 2009


- 13th Annual Awards accepting entries for 2008 releases
- Early-Bird Entry Fee expires on January 17, 2009 - Save $5 per entry
- 65 Categories, 20 Regions, for Indies Only, Great Awards party at BEA

Enter now at:

Launched in 1996, the Independent Publisher Book Awards are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers.

Established in 1996 as the first unaffiliated awards program open exclusively to independents, the "IPPYs" recognize the year's best books and bring them to the attention of booksellers, buyers, librarians, and book lovers. The IPPY Awards contest is among the largest and most recognized book awards events in the world, and all independent, university, small press, and self-publishers who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market are eligible to enter titles copyrighted or released in 2008. National category entry fee is $80, now and $85 after Jan. 17. Regional category can be added for $45; Outstanding Books of the Year consideration is free of charge. Final deadline is March 21, 2009.

Early-bird entry fee deadline is January 17th! Enter now and save $5 per category.

Guidelines and entry info:

Here is the link to the 2008 Awards results article online, with links to event photos, press release, etc:

The IPPY Awards reward those who exhibit the courage, innovation, and creativity to bring about change in the world of publishing. Independent spirit and expertise comes from publishers of all sizes and budgets, and books are judged with that in mind. National entries will be accepted in 65 categories, including one new one this year, Transportation (Automotive/Aviation/Railroad, etc.).

The 4th Annual Regional IPPY Awards go to the Best Fiction and Best Non-Fiction Books in eight U.S. and two Canadian regions. If your book is written or published with a regional focus, don’t miss the opportunity to extend your exposure and increase your chances of winning a regional Independent Publisher Book Award.

Ten Outstanding Books of the Year: For 25 years our mission at Independent Publisher has been to recognize and encourage the work of publishers who exhibit the courage and creativity necessary to take chances, break new ground and bring about change, not only to the world of publishing, but to our society, our environment, and our collective spirit. One book in each of the following categories will receive a special award for Outstanding Book of the Year:

Most Original Concept - Most Likely to Save the Planet – Freedom Fighter of the Year - Most Outstanding Design
Peacemaker of the Year - Story Teller of the Year - Best Book Arts Craftsmanship - Most Inspirational to Youth
Most Life-Changing – Most Progressive Health Book

Enter your award-worthy books today, and get the recognition and exposure they deserve. Cool medals! Shiny stickers! Awesome party!

Questions? Contact Jim Barnes, Awards Director,

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