About the BIBA® Literary Award

2021 Best Indie Book Awards®

The annual Best Indie Book Award® (or BIBA®) is an international literary awards contest recognizing self-published and independently published authors from all over the world. Entries are limited to independently (indie) published books, including those from small presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

We accept submissions from all over the world, but the books must be written in English.


  • Best Indie Book Award® Official 2021 Literary Contest Entry Form

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    2021 BIBA® Book Illustration Contest Entry

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  • BIBA Book Cover Design Award Contest

    2021 BIBA® Book Cover Contest Entry

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The Best Indie Book Award® is a legitimate writing competition. Entries will be judged based on multiple writing skills, which include story-telling ability, author’s ability to engage the reader, transitions, pacing, movement of the story, hooks, and author’s skill with voice, character, dialogue, narrative, grammar, and punctuation. Winning a BIBA® is something an author can be proud of!

The Best Indie Book Award® has been mentioned by many best-selling authors and on many author-related websites and blogs. Previous winners include USA Today and New York Times best-selling authors, movie producers, actors, and independent authors from around the globe.

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. So, self-published authors, and authors published by small, independent presses, or vanity presses are all eligible to enter the BIBA®.

Literary Categories To Be Judged:

  1. Romance
  2. Science-Fiction/Dystopian
  3. Fantasy/Paranormal/Supernatural
  4. Action/Adventure
  5. Mystery/Cozy Mystery
  6. Suspense/Thriller
  7. Young Adult
  8. Mainstream/Non-Genre/General Fiction/Literary Fiction
  9. Short Story Collection/Poetry Collection
  10. Children
  11. Children’s Middle Grade
  12. Historical Fiction
  13. Humor/Satire
  14. LGBTQ
  15. Occult/Horror
  16. Christian (Fiction/Non-Fiction)
  17. Non-Fiction
  18. Non-Fiction> Memoir
  19. Non-Fiction> Biography
  20. Non-Fiction> Self Help/Health
  21. Non-Fiction> Inspirational/Motivational
  22. Non-Fiction> New Age/Metaphysical/Visionary
  23. Non-Fiction> Religion/Spiritual
  24. Non-Fiction> Business/Investing/Marketing
  25. Non-Fiction> Cooking/Crafting/How-To
  26. Non-Fiction> Travel

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 promoted by 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.
  • Ongoing Promotion of the winning book through social media, print advertising, online advertising, email lists, and more. (100,000+ followers)
  • Winners can proudly mention their award everywhere, including in their book blurb and bio.
  • Five-Star rating on Goodreads.
  • Added to the BIBA® Winners list on Goodreads.
  • Custom Promotional Images to use.
  • Promotion across multiple websites.

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