The "IPPY" Awards were conceived as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and are open to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and appropriate for the North American market.

We define "independent" as:

  1. Independently owned and operated
  2. Operated by a foundation or university
  3. Long-time independents that became incorporated but operate autonomously and publish fewer than 50 titles a year.



Independent publishers, university presses, self-publishers and independent authors throughout North America, as well as overseas publishers and authors who publish books intended for an English speaking audience are eligible. Authors are welcome to enter their books themselves.



Books released between Jan. 1, 2017 and February 23, 2019, or with 2017-2019 copyrights, are eligible. Publishers are to select the category and/or region (see category list) in which the book(s) should be judged. Regional entries do best when their subject matter reflects the region in which they’re entered. In other words, a book by an author from Quebec writing about a murder in Maine will do best in the North-East U.S. region. Make your decision on whether a book sells best at a regional level, and which region it sells in.



Submission for more than one category is acceptable, but each requires a fee. Per title, per category – see “Early-bird” entry fee schedule on order form. When entering a title into more than one category, please pay a fee and send a copy of the book for each category entered. Multiple entries can be sent in one package, and entry fees paid by check or money order can be combined into one check amount. Please include completed entry form or online registration receipt in the same package as the books. Note: Due to new banking policies, we only accept personal checks from outside the United States that are drawn from a U.S. currency account and have U.S. DOLLARS permanently printed on the check or money order.



Send one copy of the book for each category and region entered, with the entry form or online receipt tucked inside the front cover. For example, when you enter two categories and one regional competition, please send three books. You will have the option to upload electronic submissions after you pay online and in a confirmation email. All books entered become the physical property of Jenkins Group and will eventually be donated to libraries and charities. E-book files are deleted after the results announcements are made. Judges only get to see the book itself, so please don’t send press kits, reviews, bookmarks, etc. as they will be discarded.



We will send a confirmation email upon receiving your books to the email address listed in your entry, as well as entry news, judging updates, and the final results announcement. Be sure to white list the email addresses jimb[at] and  ashamroe[at] in order to receive our updates. 



Early-bird deadlines in September and December are designed to encourage early entries (see schedule on order form). All entries must be posted online or postmarked by the final deadline of February 23, 2019. We will confirm your entry via email and send periodic updates about judging and results announcement. Please make sure we are on your “white list” of email contacts so we stay in touch throughout the awards process.



Judging will be based on quality of content, originality, design, and production with an emphasis on innovation and social relevance. Our judging panel includes experts from the fields of editing, design, reviewing, bookselling and library. Learn more about the IPPY judging criteria



Three to five medalists per category will be named on about April 10th; medals to be presented during an awards ceremony in New York City, on the eve of the BookExpo America convention (date TBA). All medalists and one guest may attend the awards ceremony at no charge; additional guests for a fee. All winners will receive medalists packets by mail.



Each announced medal-winning book will receive a packet containing gold, silver or bronze medal, a personalized certificate, and 20 foil seals. Related publicity includes the awards event, a print and online advertising campaign at sites such as Shelf Awareness and Publishers Weekly, and year-long exposure at Learn more about the benefits of winning



Jim Barnes, Awards Director 
Phone: 1-800-644-0133 x1011
Email: jimb [at]