Independent Publisher Book Awards

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Independent Publisher Book Awards
Country USA
Presented by Independent Publisher & Jenkins Group
First awarded 1996

The Independent Publisher Book Awards, also known as the IPPY Awards, is an annual book awards contest conducted to honor the year's best independently published titles.[1][2] The awards are open to independent authors and publishers worldwide—including small presses, university presses, and authors of self-published works—who produce books written in English and that are intended for the North American market.[2]


The awards were conceived in 1996 as a broad-based, unaffiliated awards program open to all members of the independent publishing industry.[3] As of December 2013, more than 4,500 IPPYs have been awarded to authors and publishers around the world.[4]

In 2006, regional categories were added to the contest to spotlight the best entries of each area and books written or published with a regional focus.[5]

In 2012, the awards categories were expanded to include e-book categories in response to the growing use of e-readers. The e-book categories received 390 entries in the first year.

Entry and prize consideration[edit]

In 2016, the entry fee for the national program ranged from $75 during an early-bird time period to $95 for entries received closer to the deadlines.

About 2,400 publishers throughout the English-speaking world participate in the awards each year. The 2015 IPPY Awards attracted 5,700 total entries. National categories cover different genres. For regional categories, gold, silver and bronze medals are given for fiction and non-fiction books in each of the 11 regions. The e-book categories include fiction, non-fiction, children's books and best regional e-book for the east and west of the USA.[2]


Among the medalists in 2016 there are university presses including Princeton, Stanford, Yale, and other major university presses. Among the fiction gold medalists is Elena Ferrante's The Story of the Lost Child, originally published in Italy and issued in English by Europa.[6]

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 fiction gold medal for What is the What.[7] Margaret Atwood won in 2003 for Negotiating with the Dead: A Writer on Writing. [8] Juan Felipe Herrera, the United States Poet Laureate, won an IPPY gold medal in 2005 for Featherless (Desplumado).


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  2. ^ a b c "Independent Publisher Book Awards Website". Retrieved November 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ "The Independent Publisher Book Award (IPPYs)". Retrieved November 27, 2013. 
  4. ^ "2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) Winners Announced". The Independent Publishing Magazine. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results". Retrieved November 16, 2013. 
  6. ^ "2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results". 2016 Independent Publisher Book Awards Results. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Independent Publisher: THE Voice of the Independent Publishing Industry". Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ "2003 Independent Publisher Book Awards". Retrieved June 23, 2016.