Best Indie Book Award Official 2020 Literary Contest Entry Form


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🏆 The annual Best Indie Book Award® (or BIBA®) is an international literary contest recognizing outstanding indie authors. Entries are limited to independently (indie) published books, including those from small presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.  All submissions must be written in English.

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Accepting 2020 Entries!

$50 Fee Per Category.

Deadline To Enter: Nov 1st, 2020.

Winners Announced by December 30th.

Time left to enter:


Entries must be independently published (self-published) and your own work. (In other words, you retain full rights to your book.) 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. We have expanded our contest to also include books published by small, independent presses.

Books that are not accepted: Works under a publishing contract with a major publisher. (HarperCollins, Harlequin, etc.)

*No hardcore erotica.

We will accept any indie book published between 2015 and this year. (The book must be in English and currently available to the public.)

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, author’s skill with voice, character, dialogue, and narrative. Grammar skills will also be taken into consideration. Winning a BIBA™ is something an author can be proud of! See more about judging in F.A.Q.

*If you have any trouble uploading files, please submit the form without them and complete payment, then send the file(s) to this address:

Please read the F.A.Q. and Terms before entering.

We only judge the writing, not the book cover. (The Book Cover Award is a separate contest. See: Cover Award Entry)

Real Name*

For administrative purposes. Not made public.

Contact Email*

Best email if we need to contact you. (Please make sure it is correct.) *Use only lowercase letters.

Mailing Address*

Address needed to ship award. Please type full mailing address.

Phone Number*

(In case we have any questions about your entry.)

Book Title*

Author Name*

Name the book was written under. (Real Name, Pen Name etc.)

Book Description*

(The Book Blurb) This is for promotional purposes only. *Tip: You can click and hold the bottom right corner of the text area and drag it down to make it bigger.

Genre(s) * 

Choose one or more that apply.
See more about splitting categories Here.
See more about how the Non-Fiction category works Here.

Publication Date*

Enter Year. Published date must be from 2015 to the current date. (2015 or after.)

Your Book File

Select a file for upload. (Mobi, Doc, Docx, ePub, or PDF) We prefer a Mobi file.

(For PDF: Single page only. No double-facing page book block versions.)

Please name your file with the author name and book title before uploading. (Example: CharlesDickens-OliverTwist.doc )
Need Help Getting a Mobi File? Check out How to Obtain Files for Submission for tips on getting a mobi or doc file if you do not have one.
Please upload your full book for entry. If you have any problem uploading your file, please submit the form without it and then email the file, including the name of the book and author to

(max file size 256 MB)

Chapter-by-Chapter Outline

*Not Required but helpful* Providing us with a chapter-by-chapter outline may help improve your ranking in the contest, but it is not required. (If you are not already familiar with writing a chapter-by-chapter outline, it is a good idea to become adept at doing so as most agents and publishers still want these.) Doc, docx or PDF formats allowed. Do not submit a blurb or table of contents in place of a chapter-by-chapter outline. (A chapter-by-chapter outline of your book means exactly that. Write a brief summary of every chapter that gives us the plot points and what the character is experiencing. Make sure you head each summary with the Chapter number.)

(max file size 256 MB)

Author Website Address

A link to your website. Must start with http:// or https:// (example: ) If you don’t have a website, you can use your author profile page on Amazon.

Terms * 

By submitting an entry, you agree to our Terms, and you understand that this is a contest and that no refunds are given. See Full Terms Here (Opens in separate window.)

Uploading or Emailing File(s)? * 

(Please note: If uploading your book file using this form, the file will begin to upload after you click the Add To Cart button below.) You will be taken to the cart once this process has completed. The time it takes will depend on the size of the file and your internet connection. (It may take up to several minutes.) If you have any problems with uploading your files, please submit the form without them and then email the files, including the name of the book and author to


🏆 The 8th annual Best Indie Book Award™ (or BIBA™) is an international literary award contest recognizing self-published authors.

Entries are limited to independently (indie) published books, including those from small presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.

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.

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