Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards | Early Deadline: 10 Apr 2020

Writer’s Digest is hosting its 28th Annual Self-Published Book Awards, a self-published competition. Its aim is to honor self-published authors and highlight self-published works. The competition, which is exclusively for self-published books, targets professional writers, part-time freelancers and self-starting students.

Accepted categories for the competition are:

  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Nonfiction/Reference (General Nonfiction, Cookbooks, Guidebooks, Textbooks, How-To, etc.)
  • Inspirational
  • Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
  • Early Readers/Children’s Picture books
  • Middle-Grade/Young Adult
  • Poetry

Prizes: The Grand Prize winner will receive $8,000 in cash; a feature in the March 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest; and a paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference. First prize winners in each category will receive $1,000 in cash; and a promotion in the March 2021 issue of Writer’s Digest.

How to Enter: To enter, entrants must submit a printed and bound book. More than one book may be submitted in more than one category. For each submission, a non-refundable entry fee must be paid via check, money order or credit card payment.

Eligibility: Books published or revised and reprinted between 2015 and 2020 are eligible for the competition. Due to U.S. Government restrictions, entries will not be accepted from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea.

Language: English

Early-Bird Deadline/ Fee: 10 April 2020/ First entry—$99; Each additional entry—$85

Regular Deadline/ Fee: 1 May 2020/ First entry—$125; Each additional entry—$95

More Information: For more details about the competition, please visit the Self-Published Book Awards information page.

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