Any books you enter must be independently published and your own work. (This means the book must be self-published by the author (You). In other words, you retain full rights to your book.) We have broadened the award to include books published by small, independent presses.
Acceptable Books: If you are self-published through sites like Amazon’s KDP, Smashwords, Createspace or Pubit, or you are published through a vanity press where you retain your rights and remain autonomous, you can enter your book in the Best Indie Book Award™ contest. We have broadened the award to include books published by small, independent presses.
Not Acceptable: Your book is published by HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster. Penguin, or any other major publisher and you have a contract where you do NOT have full publishing rights.