Five Awards for Independent Authors

Looking to get your book recognized? Below are our Top 5 book awards that are open to independent and self-published authors.

  • Publisher’s Weekly: Booklife Prize
    The Booklife Prize costs $99 to enter (at the time of writing) and comes with a potential $5,000 grand prize (and $1,000 + social media promotion for finalists).
  • Indie Book Awards: Next Generation
    The Next Generation prize costs $75 to enter (at the time of writing) and comes with a variety of cash prizes awarded to winners.
  • Writer’s Digest: Self-Published Book Awards
    The Self-Published Book Awards cost $125 to enter (at the time of writing) and comes with a variety of cash prizes awarded to winners.
  • American Book Fest: Best Books Award
    The Best Books Award costs $69 per category to enter (at the time of writing) and winners receive $2,500 prizes along with 10-month listings on the American Book Fest website.
  • Foreword Reviews: Foreword INDIES
    The Foreword INDIES have a rolling submission process and early submissions cost $89 to enter (at the time of writing) and comes with a variety of cash prizes awarded to winners.

If you are planning to enter any of these book awards (or others) make sure to read the submissions guidelines carefully and mark your calendar for when entries are due. In addition to prize money, book awards are an excellent way to market your book well beyond your typical audience–and offer a clear signal to readers regarding the quality of the book they are considering purchasing.