Everything you want to know about the EVVY Book Awards for Self Publishing Authors

Here is the WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY, and HOW about the EVVY Book Awards…


Who sponsors the EVVY Awards? The EVVY Awards are named in honor of the first president of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association; and CIPA continues the tradition of recognizing excellence in self-published books with their annual EVVY Book Awards.


What are the EVVY Awards? The EVVY Awards recognize excellence in self-published books. Each year, every Diamond and Pearl book published by Outskirts Press is considered for EVVY Award eligibility. Less than 5% of the books we publish become finalists for official Outskirts Press nomination.


Where are the EVVY Awards held? The EVVY Awards Banquet and Awards Ceremony are held in Denver, Colorado in March of each year.


When are books nominated? Books are nominated for submission to the EVVY Awards in the fall of the year of their copyright. For example, books with a copyright date of 2009 are considered for official Outskirts Press nomination in the fall of 2009.


Why should you be interested in winning an EVVY Award?  Winning an award is one of the most recognized and effective methods of differentiating your book from the masses.   Along with the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from winning the award, Outskirts Press Officially Nominated EVVY Award-winning authors receive a variety of marketing and promotional materials, opportunities, and prizes. Depending upon the placing of your book among the winners, you may receive some or all of what is listed below:

  • Marketing materials like bookmarks and placards (all winners)
  • 50 cover stickers (1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners)
  • A framed award featuring the cover of your book (1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners)
  • Bonus blog and newsletter exposure (all winners)
  • An invitation to be featured in national advertising (selected nominees)

Framed awards for the 6 First Place Outskirts Press Books

How do you win an EVVY Award? In order to be considered for an official Outskirts Press EVVY Nomination, your book must be published with either the Diamond Publishing Package (for black/white) or the Pearl Publishing Package (for color).  Having a custom cover and professional editing services significantly increases your chances for consideration.
How do you promote your award-winning book once you have won an EVVY (or any) book award?  This is the subject of tomorrow’s blog posting…
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