Winners and Distinguished Favorites

get National Media & Industry Exposure!


As a Winner or Distinguished Favorite, promote your award on all your marketing materials.  

In addition, you can purchase stickers to put on each book you have already printed.  We send thousands of press releases that result in media coverage for winners and favorites.  Lastly, check out our promotion page to help get additional exposure to key book buying audiences.  Books recognized as a Winner or Distinguished Favorite of the Independent Press Award® is a celebrated honor given by industry experts, and you'll want everyone to know!  


Books Eligible

  • Any book submitted is subject to eligibility of the Independent Press Award® selection committee.

  • All books requested are to be in final published print form except Audiobooks.

  • All titles should have an ISBN or ASIN

  • Although we accept earlier published work, most books are published 2019 to 2022.

  • Please send one printed book PER category entered.    

  • One Submission Form can be used for multiple categories, but each book must accompany a copy of the Submission Form

  • We reserve the right to move books into another category if it seems appropriate. 

  • Independent Press Award® is open to all English language books that are available for sale wherever good books are sold both online and in bookstores.  

  • This SPRING award is for independent author and press books.. Books published by the Big 5 book house publishers: Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin Random House, or Simon & Schuster are not eligible to apply, although imprints may submit.  These Big 5 main houses must apply for the FALL NYC Big Book Award,

  • All publishers and authors are eligible to enter into our FALL program as well, NYC Big Book Award, see website for details on deadlines and entry fee.

  • We accept audiobooks in any category.

Book Submissions

  • Book submissions are not complete until you receive email confirmation from the Independent Press Award®.  Books must be received by the published deadline to be considered, and any book received after deadline will be automatically considered for the next year's judging process.  

  • Book submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling is on entrants.

Independent Press Award® Refund Policy

All sales are final. There are no refunds. Only appropriate submissions will be eligible to enter the contest. Independent Press Award® therefore reserves the right to refuse any material for any reason.

Notifications and Deadlines of Winners and Distinguished Favorite 

Receipt of every book entry will be acknowledged via e-mail within 2 weeks and will announce the winning entries on our website.

In addition, Winners and Distinguished Favorite in each category will be notified by e-mail.

Thank you for applying to the Independent Press Award®!


$95.00 per entry/per category, then $75 for each additional book entry/category

  • All monies must be in U.S. Dollars

  • Please send one copy of the book per category entered. 

  • You can put all the categories in which you submit on one submission form but be sure to copy the submission form and put it in each book you submit in each category. 

  • All titles should have an ISBN and be published books for sale available on or major retailer.

  • Entries are to be postmarked by December 31, 2021. 

  • Winners and Finalists will be announced May 2022.

  • All submissions are final. 

  • There are no refunds.

(All international checks or money orders must have “USD” or “US Dollar” pre-printed on the check/money order.)

Please include proof of paypal or check with your entry submission. Please make checks payable to: “Independent Press Award” and mail to:

Independent Book Award

63 Clinton Road

Glen Ridge, NJ  07028

To pay by credit card, use pay pal here:

Please be sure to include your check or paypal confirmation when you send in your book.

Go to the Categories page, or click on link here to view the:


Pay by Check - Online: Please use this form Independent Press Award Annual Online Entry Form and Online payment

and pay using Paypal.

OR Pay by Check - Offline:  

Please use the Independent Press Award Annual Entry Form -

to be mailed with payment.

About the Independent Press Award 

We started the Independent Press Award for a myriad of reasons, but mostly to help independent publishers gain more attention and to better purvey their content to a larger audience.  We have individually met with thousands of publishers, distributors, and authors face to face, and have seen their lists of published work for years.  We have discovered worthy independent presses and authors publishing for years without much notice, and were able to bring to a larger book buying audience in our other roles.  We have crisscrossed the nation (and in some cases even the globe) where we found many individual books that were well worth promoting, and may have never found their audience as quickly as they did without our help.  We plan to continue our work with the Independent Press Award.

The Independent Press Award applies a number of criteria in judging a book, and some are more subjective than others in it's interpretation.  We draw upon our relationships of literally thousands of contacts that like us have a vast knowledge of the marketplace, and the diversity and breath of publishing to give a framework to the decision-making process.  We make every effort to bring a fairness and high standard to every book we judge, hence why we have known industry leaders advise us in the awards.  The names and contact information of judges will not be made public to respect their privacy.  We recognize that some books have outstanding qualities in every category but reserve the right to limit those that are designated “Winner.”  To that point, often there is more than one category a book excels, and believe these books are due their just deserve, so the notable category of “Distinguished Favorite” has been designed for such recognition.

Books that are recognized as Distinguished Favorite are so competitive in many ways that the difference between the Winner and Distinguished Favorite books can be small.

The bottom line is that being recognized as a Distinguished Favorite is a high honor and something about which any author can and should be justifiably proud.

Readers recognize that Distinguished Favorite books are worthy of their attention and their book-buying dollars.

All submitted books, except the winners, are donated to the local libraries in Bloomfield, Glen Ridge, Montclair and Newark, New Jersey.