Independent Publisher Book Awards

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Independent Publisher Book Awards
Presented byIndependent Publisher magazine & Jenkins Group
First awarded1996

The Independent Publisher Book Awards, also styled the IPPY Awards, is a set of annual book awards for independently published titles. It is the longest-running unaffiliated contest open exclusively to independent presses.

Entry and prize consideration[edit]

Entry is chargeable. In 2019 the entry fee was $85. About 2,400 publishers throughout the English-speaking world participate in the awards each year. In 2017 the contest drew over 5,000 entries, and medals were awarded to authors and publishers from 43 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces and 15 countries.[1]


Books by IPPY winners in 2016, 2017 and 2018 were published by university presses including Princeton, Stanford[2], Yale, Wisconsin, Iowa, and other major university presses. Among the fiction gold medalists was Elena Ferrante's The Story of the Lost Child, originally published in Italy and issued in English by Europa.

Previous winners in fiction categories include the small presses Milkweed, Coffee House, Graywolf, The Other Press, McPherson, Europa, and McSweeney's. IPPY Gold Medal winner Lord of Misrule also won the National Book Award and The Patience Stone also won France's Prix Goncourt for its French edition. David Eggers won a 2003 Outstanding Book of the Year for A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.[3] Margaret Atwood won in 2003 for Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing. Juan Felipe Herrera, the United States Poet Laureate, won an IPPY gold medal in 2005 for Featherless (Desplumado).


The IPPY Awards were criticized by Writer Beware, an advocacy website sponsored by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, which stated that it was one of several profiteer awards run by the Jenkins Group and that "Even among profiteers, however, Jenkins is unusual in the amount of extra merchandise it hawks to winners."[4][5] The site classified profiteer awards as awards that are aimed at "making money for the sponsor. Such awards aren't really about honoring writers at all."[4]


  1. ^ "Local Author's Book Named 2017 Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medalist". Teaneck, NJ Patch. 2017-04-18. Retrieved 2018-09-05.
  2. ^ Webmaster. "Stanford University Press Awards". Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  3. ^ "IPPY | Book awards | LibraryThing". Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  4. ^ a b "Writer Beware®: The Blog: Awards Profiteers: How Writers Can Recognize and Avoid Them". Writer Beware®. 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2019-07-17.
  5. ^ "Writer Beware®: The Blog: Victoria Strauss -- 2008 Indie Book Awards". Writer Beware®. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2019-07-17.