Awards seals for blogHi, guys!

I often hear this question, as awards season begins and people wonder if it’s worth it to spend their money on often pricey entry fees. Our clients win national awards every year and use the new status to actively renew their promotional efforts. It won’t hurt and can help, but be wise about the categories and competitions you choose. While winners usually get some sort of PR from the sponsoring organization, you must promote the book as an award winner to truly take advantage of the honor. Many of these will provide at least finalists and winners with judges’ comments, some provide them to all entries. These insights can be invaluable to your future publishing efforts. In the end, remember that you are simply asking professionals for their opinions — some are more objective than others. 😉

If you think that your book is honestly better than the vast majority of its competitors, you should consider entering a few of these competitions. This is a list of the main competitions for small, medium, and indy publishers, with the first three plus Mom’s Choice generally being the most prestigious. There are others out there for specific genres as well.

IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards:
(Deadline was Dec. 31.)

ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Awards:

Independent Publisher’s IPPY awards:

Midwest Independent Publishers Association (MIPA) Book Awards (regional competition):

Nautilus Book Awards:

Next Generation Indie Book Awards:

The National Indie Excellence Book Awards:

Eric Hoffer Award (along w/the Montagne Medal and da Vinci Eye also on their site):

Living Now Book Awards:

USA Best Book Awards:

International Book Awards:

Mom’s Choice Awards:

Do your research, produce the best books possible, and good luck! We’d love to know about your successes in the awards world! Share them here and practice your promotional bragging. 😉