Best Indie Book Award® Official 2021 Literary Contest Entry Form


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🏆 The annual Best Indie Book Award® (or BIBA®) is an international literary contest recognizing outstanding achievement by 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 2021 Entries!

$65 Fee Per Category.

Deadline To Enter: Noon (EST), Oct 1st, 2021.

Winners Announced by December 30th, 2021.

Entries must be independently published (self-published), or published by a qualifying small press. (Please see our FAQ page for more information.)

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

*No hardcore erotica.

We will accept any indie book published between 2016 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, hooks, pacing, movement of the story, author’s skill with voice, character, dialogue, narrative, grammar and punctuation. Note: You are competing against other entrants.

*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.

Note: This is the BIBA® literary contest; we only need the book cover if you are entering the BIBA® Book Cover Contest. (See: Cover Contest Entry)

Author Or Representative?

Authors or Representatives can enter a book. If you are the author, please skip this box and proceed to the next field.

If you are a publisher, book promotor, or representative entering on behalf of the author, please provide your (1.) Name (2.) Email (3.) Phone Number (3.) Relationship to the author. Otherwise, leave blank. We also require the author’s correct email in the next section.

Author’s Real Name * 

For administrative purposes. (We do not share this information with third parties.)

Author’s Contact Email * 

Best email if we need to contact you. (Please make sure it is correct.) *Use only lowercase letters. If you are a representative of the author, this is a required field. Please provide us with the author’s correct email address.

Author’s Mailing Address * 

Address needed to ship award. Please type full mailing address. (We only ship awards directly to the author, not representatives.)

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.

Children’s Book Age Range

If this is a children’s book, what is the intended age range?
(*Only for children’s books.*)

Publication Date * 

Enter Year. Published date must be from 2016 to the current date. (2016 or after.)

Publisher * 

Name of publisher. (If you published the book yourself, or you own the publishing company, type “Self”.)

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 (If your file is too large to email, you can use a free Dropbox account and send us the link.)

(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.) See #22 of the FAQs for more.

(max file size 256 MB)

Author Website Address

A link to your website. Should 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 9th 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.

Join the ranks of previous Best Indie Book Award® winners and compete to win a BIBA®. 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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