The Best Indie Book Award™ is an annual international literary award contest recognizing independent authors in twelve major genres. Entries are limited to independently (indie) published books, including those from small presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

Submission close each year at Noon EST on Oct 1st.

Winners are announced by December 15th. of each year.

See Past Winners Here

📝 Entry Form

The Best Indie Book Award™ has been mentioned by many best-selling authors and on many author related websites and blogs, including Alinka Rutkowska in her book HOW I SOLD 80,000 BOOKS: Book Marketing for Authors (Self Publishing through Amazon and Other Retailers). USA Today and New York Times best-selling author Kathy Clark is among previous winners, as well as Movie Producer Eran Gadot.

Books must be submitted in English, but submissions are not limited to authors in the United States. Previous winning entries have come from Japan, Israel, the United Kingdom and other countries.

How Do We Define Independently Published?

Anyone who retains the publishing rights to their book is eligible to enter the Best Indie Book Award™ contest. For example, if you are published through Amazon’s KDP, Nookpress, Smashwords, Createspace, or any vanity press, and you retain all rights to your book, then you are eligible to enter the contest. (Most authors fall under this and are eligible.) We have expanded our contest to include books published by small, independent presses. If you have a publishing contract with a major publisher for the book you are entering, the book would not be eligible.

Twelve Categories Will Be Judged.

Young Adult
Novella/Short Story Collection

📝 Entry Form

There Will Be One Winner In Each Category.
Winners Will Receive:

  • The Best Indie Book Award™ Emblem to proudly display on their website and book cover. The emblem can be used to promote your book wherever you like.
  • A physical Best Indie Book Award™ trophy to display at book signings, in their office or home.
  • Their winning book featured in advertising, email, social networks and other means.
  • Their book displayed on the front page of the Best Indie Book Award website, and listed on the permanent, archived “Winners” page of this site.
  • The winners will also be announced on this site and across multiple social networks. (Many tens of thousands of followers total.)
  • Winners can proudly mention their award everywhere, including in their book blurb and bio.