USA Book News Best Books Award

Every year USA Book News honors outstanding mainstream and independent books with their National Best Books Award.
  • USA Book News Exposure: A six-month book listing which includes your color book cover, a brief paragraph about your title and a hyperlink to your website. Fantastic coverage for the busy 2009 holiday season! Additional coverage in the USABN E-zine, sent to thousands of book buyers.
  • National Media & Industry Exposure : Coverage of results from the USA Book News network of media outlets and industry contacts for exposure to over 500,000+ subscribers. In addition, the USA Book News national media campaign highlighting the winners and finalists runs from October through January.

It used to be that simply having a published book was indicative of supremely high quality, but now that self-publishing is available for everyone, winning a book award is one of the most powerful ways you can make your book stand above the crowd.

With so many book awards and contests available, Outskirts Press has pre-screened and vetted 3 contests for our Spring Season of Book Award Submissions, including the USA Book News Best Books Award, the Indie Book Awards, and the Writer’s Digest International Self-Published Book Awards. 

Outskirts Press can facilitate the submission details to the USA Book News Best Books Award for you. We can handle all the details, including the entry fee, the completion of the necessary forms, and the required copies of your book. We will select the most appropriate category for your book (from among the choices below) for your convenience.


Simply select the USA Book News National Best Books Award Full Submission Service option from the Marketing Options screen inside your author’s center.  

The deadline for ordering through your Outskirts Press author’s center for this year’s awards program is June 30th, 2009. Your book must have a 2008 copyright date to be eligible.

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African-American Studies


Animals/Pets – General
Animals/Pets – Health
Animals/Pets – Novelty

Anthologies – Non-Fiction

Art – General
Art – Instructional/How-To

Audio Book – Business
Audio Book – Fiction, Abridged
Audio Book – Fiction, Unabridged
Audio Book – Humor
Audio Book – Mystery/Thriller
Audio Book – Non-fiction, Abridged
Audio Book – Non-fiction, Unabridged
Audio Book – Self-Help/Motivational
Audio Book – Spiritual
Audio Book – Travel

Audio Course – Business
Audio Course – Religion
Audio Course – Self-Help/Motivational
Audio Course – Spirituality


Best Cover Design
Best Interior Design
Best New Fiction (an author’s first published work)
Best New Non-Fiction (an author’s first published work)

Biography – General
Biography – Historical

Business – General
Business – Careers
Business – Entrepreneurship & Small Business
Business – Investing
Business – Management & Leadership
Business – Marketing & Advertising
Business – Motivational
Business – Personal Finance
Business – Real Estate
Business – Reference
Business – Sales
Business – Technology/Computers/Internet
Business – Writing/Publishing

Children’s Activity Book
Children’s Educational
Children’s Fiction
Children’s Non-Fiction
Children’s Novelty & Gift Book
Children’s Religious

Children’s Picture Book – Hardcover Fiction
Children’s Picture Book – Hardcover Fiction w/ Audio CD
Children’s Picture Book – Hardcover Non-Fiction
Children’s Picture Book – Softcover Fiction
Children’s Picture Book – Softcover Fiction w/ Audio CD
Children’s Picture Book – Softcover Non-Fiction

Comics – Graphic Novels
Comics – Manga

Cookbooks – General
Cookbooks – Baking/Bread
Cookbooks – Desserts
Cookbooks – Grilling & BBQ
Cookbooks – International
Cookbooks – Poultry/Meat/Fish
Cookbooks – Regional
Cookbooks – Vegetables/Grains/Pasta

College Guides


Current Events – Media/Entertainment
Current Events – Political/Social

Education PreK-12

Environment – Political/Social
Environment – Green /Alternative Energy/Conservation

Fiction & Literature – General
Fiction & Literature – African American Fiction
Fiction & Literature – Anthologies
Fiction & Literature – Chick Lit/Women’s Lit
Fiction & Literature – Fantasy/Science Fiction
Fiction & Literature – Gay & Lesbian Fiction
Fiction & Literature – Historical Fiction
Fiction & Literature – Horror
Fiction & Literature – Multicultural Fiction
Fiction & Literature – Mystery/Suspense
Fiction & Literature – New Age Fiction
Fiction & Literature – Religious Fiction
Fiction & Literature – Romance
Fiction & Literature – Short Story Fiction
Fiction & Literature – Thriller/Adventure
Fiction & Literature – Visionary Fiction
Fiction & Literature – Western
Fiction & Literature – Young Adult Fiction

Gardening – General

Gay & Lesbian – Non-Fiction
Gay & Lesbian Studies

Gift & Specialty Books

Health – General
Health – Addiction & Recovery
Health – Aging/50+
Health – Alternative Medicine
Health – Cancer
Health – Death & Dying
Health – Diet & Weight Loss
Health – Exercise & Fitness
Health – Organizers & Planners
Health – Medical Reference
Health – Men’s Health
Health – Psychology/Mental Health
Health – Sexuality/Sex
Health – Women’s Health

History – General
History – Ancient
History – Media/Entertainment
History – Military
History – Political
History – United States
History – World

Home – General
Home – Decorating/Interior Design
Home – Exterior Design/Landscaping
Home – Gardening
Home – Green Living


Language Guides

Multicultural Non-Fiction

Native American Studies

New Age – Non-fiction

Non-Fiction – Narrative

Parenting/Family – General
Parenting/Family – Divorce
Parenting/Family – Organizers & Planners
Parenting/Family – Pregnancy & Childbirth
Parenting/Family – Reference

Photography – General
Photography – Instructional/How-To
Photography – Nature
Photography – People

Poetry – General
Poetry – Anthologies
Poetry – Chapbook
Poetry – Humor
Poetry – Inspirational
Poetry – Religious
Poetry – Urban

Religion – General
Religion – Buddhism
Religion – Christianity
Religion – Christian Inspirational
Religion – Comparative Religion
Religion – Eastern Religions
Religion – Hinduism
Religion – Islam
Religion – Judaism
Religion – Prayer & Devotionals

Science – General

Self-Help – General
Self-Help – Journals & Quotes
Self-Help – Motivational 
Self-Help – Relationships

Social Change

Spirituality – General
Spirituality – Inspirational
Spirituality – Journals & Quotes
Spirituality – Novelty & Gift Book

Sports – General
Sports – Autobiography/Biography

Theater Arts – General
Theater Arts – Drama/Plays

Travel – Guides
Travel – Essay
Travel – Pictorial
Travel – Recreational

True Crime – Non-Fiction

Young Adult – Educational
Young Adult – Non-Fiction
Youth Issues

Women’s Issues