IPPY AWARD CATEGORIES

Independent Publisher Book Awards are awarded each year in general, regional, and e-book categories.

All entries, regardless of categories chosen, are automatically considered for special "Outstanding" medals - view last year's Outstanding medalists here

Jump to: E-book, Regional

GENERAL CATEGORIES

  1. Fine Art
  2. Performing Arts (Music/Dance/Cinema/Theater)
  3. Photography
  4. Architecture
  5. Coffee Table Books
  6. Popular Fiction
  7. Literary Fiction
  8. Short Story Fiction
  9. Poetry
  10. Anthologies
  11. Juvenile Fiction
  12. Young Adult Fiction
  13. Fantasy
  14. Science Fiction
  15. LGBT+ Fiction
  16. Erotica
  17. Historical Fiction
  18. Military/Wartime Fiction
  19. Horror
  20. Multicultural Fiction
  21. Multicultural Fiction – Juv-Young Adult
  22. Mystery/Cozy/Noir
  23. Suspense/Thriller
  24. Religious Fiction
  25. Romance
  26. True Crime
  27. Urban Fiction
  28. Visionary/New Age Fiction
  29. Graphic Novel/Drawn Book - General
  30. Graphic Novel/Drawn Book - Drama/Documentary
  31. Humor
  32. Children's Picture Books ( 7 & Under)
  33. Children's Picture Books (All ages)
  34. Children's Interactive
  35. Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction
  36. Multicultural N-F Juv-Young Adult
  37. Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult
  38. Essay/Creative Non-Fiction
  39. Autobiography/Memoir I (Celebrity/Political/Romance)
  40. Autobiography/Memoir II (Coming of Age/Family Legacy/Travel)
  41. Autobiography/Memoir III (Personal Struggle/Health Issues)
  42. Biography
  43. Aging/Death & Dying
  44. Animals/Pets
  45. Business/Career/Sales
  46. Cookbooks – General
  47. Cookbooks – Nutritional/Vegetarian
  48. Current Events I (Political/Economic/Foreign Affairs)
  49. Current Events II (Social Issues/Humanitarian)
  50. Education I (Workbook/Resource)
  51. Education II (Commentary/Theory)
  52. Environment/Ecology/Nature
  53. Finance/Investment/Economics
  54. LGBT+ Non-Fiction
  55. Gift/Specialty/Journal
  56. Holiday
  57. Health/Medicine/Nutrition
  58. History (U.S.)
  59. History (World)
  60. Home & Garden
  61. How-To (Crafts/Hobby/Industrial Arts)
  62. Inspirational/Spiritual
  63. New Age/Mind-Body-Spirit
  64. Parenting
  65. Popular Culture
  66. Psychology/Mental Health
  67. Sports/Fitness/Recreation
  68. Reference
  69. Religion (Eastern/Western)
  70. Science
  71. Self Help
  72. Sexuality/Relationships
  73. Transportation (Auto/Aviation/Railroad, etc.)
  74. Travel – Essay
  75. Travel – Guidebook
  76. Women's Issues
  77. Writing/Publishing
  78. Book/Author/Publisher Website
  79. Cover Design – Fiction
  80. Cover Design – Non-Fiction
  81. Cover Design – Non-Fiction Oversize
  82. Best First Book – Fiction
  83. Best First Book – Non-Fiction

E-BOOK CATEGORIES

E1. Best Adult Fiction E-Book
E2. Best Romance/Erotica E-Book
E3. Best Mystery/Thriller E-Book
E4. Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book
E5. Best Adult Non-Fiction Personal E-Book
E6. Best Adult Non-Fiction Informational E-Book
E7. Best Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction E-Book
E8. Best Children's Illustrated E-Book
E9. Best Regional E-Book – Fiction
E10. Best Regional E-Book – Non-Fiction
E11. Best E-Book Design


REGIONAL CATEGORIES

(Awards for “Best Fiction” and “Best Non-Fiction” in each region)

Northeast – ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY
Mid- Atlantic – PA, WV, VA, DE, MD, DC, NJ
Southeast – KY, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL
South – MS, LA, AR, TX, TN
Great Lakes – OH, MI, IN, IL, WI
Midwest – MN, IA, MO, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND
West-Mountain – MT, WY, UT, CO, NM, AZ, ID, NV
West-Pacific – CA, OR, WA, HI, AK
Canada–East – ON, QB, NF, NB, NS, PE, Nunavit
Canada-West – BC, AB, SK, MB, NW Territories, Yukon
Australia/New Zealand/Pacific Rim
Europe