Literary Awards for Self-published Authors

Amazon Breakthough Novel Award

Literary Awards for Self-published Authors

Some Literary Awards still refuse to recognize the achievements of self-published authors. When self-published eBooks are hitting the best-seller lists on a weekly basis it is quite ignorant not to include all authors (self-published or traditionally published).

Unfortunately, I can foresee that some of these Awards will be shunned and lose their place as the millions of self-published authors decide to look towards those Awards that will include them.

We provide this list of Awards being familiar with some Awards and unfamiliar with others. The main point of this post is that all of these Awards are open to self-published authors.

When conducting your own due diligence on each Award, be sure to take note of:

  • Entry fees
  • Entry deadlines
  • How the Award winners are promoted
  • Do you have to attend an awards ceremony in person?
  • Category restrictions
  • Award medallions / certificates / badges provided
  • How the Awards are judged
  • Submission criterion
  • Award announcement dates
  • Prizes
  • Terms and conditions
  • How this Award can help you?

You can find more information on Awards in our Awards Department. This includes how to enter awards, give your eBook the best chance of winning, benefits of entering awards, and much more.

Here are Your 40 Awards that Welcome Entries from Self-published Authors
1.    Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award
2.    Axiom Business Book Awards
3.    Beach Book Festival
4.    Beverly Hills Book Awards
5.    Book Designer – Monthly eBook Cover Design Award
6.    Bookstore Without Borders’ LYRA Contest
7.    Book Festivals is a way of entering several competitions at the same time
9.    CIPA EVVY Awards
10.    Digital Book Awards
11.    eLit Book Awards
12.    EPIC eBook Competition
13.    Eric Hoffer Award
14.    First Page Competition 2014
15.    ForeWord Reviews – the Book of the Year Awards
16.    Global eBook Awards
17.    Green Book Festival
18.    Guardian Legend Self-published book of the month
19.    Harry Bowling Prize for Flash Fiction
20.    Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing (bi-annual)
21.    Historical Novel Society International Award
22.    Hollywood Book Festival
23.    IACP Cookbook Awards
24.    Independent Book Publishers Association – Benjamin Franklin Awards
25.    IndieReader Discovery Awards
26.    International Book Awards
27.    International Rubery Book Award
28.    IPPY Awards
29.    Kindle Book Review’s 2014 Kindle Book Awards
30.    Kirkus Indie Best of List 2014
31.    London Book Festival
32.    Mom’s Choice Awards
33.    Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
34.    National Indie Excellence Book Awards
35.    National Literacy Trust Children’s Author Prize
36.    Nautilus Book Awards
37.    New England Book Festival
38.    New York Book Festival
39.    Next Big Author Opening Chapter
40.    Next Generation Indie Book Awards
41.    Paris Book Festival
42.    Reader Views Literary Awards (Multiple awards)
43.    Readers Favourite Contest
44.    San Francisco Book Festival
45.    Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Self-Published Book
46.    Shirley You Jest Awards
47.    The Living Now Book Awards
48.    UK Arts Council Funded: YouWriteOn Book of the Year Awards
49.    USA “Best Books” Awards
50.    Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards [UK]
51.    Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Awards listed do not mean that they are endorsed by As with a lot of the information we provide, we always recommend you do your own due diligence before deciding to enter an Award. If we find a valid reason why an Award should be removed from this list then we will do so for future posts.