Excellence in Self Publishing – 2011 EVVY Awards

Here is everything you ever wanted to know about the EVVY Book Awards…

What are the EVVY Awards?

The EVVY Awards recognize excellence in self-published books. Each year, 5% of the books published by Outskirts Press become finalists for official Outskirts Press nomination by receiving an invitation to participate from Outskirts Press.

When are books nominated by Outskirts Press?

Exemplary Outskirts Press books are nominated by the Author Support Department and OP Executive Team for submission to the EVVY Awards in the fall of the year of their copyright. For example, books with a copyright date of 2010  are invited to participate in the 2011 EVVY Awards by receiving an invitation via email in the fall of 2010.

The Outskirts Press Author Support Department will be notifying select authors of 2010 copyright books throughout the week of November 8th via email.  If you receive an invitation from Outskirts Press, you have a limited amount of time to accept the nomination and take the steps outlined in the email.

Where are the EVVY Awards held?

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

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.

How do you win an EVVY Award?
In order to be considered for an official 2011 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) and have a copyright date of 2009. Having a custom cover and professional editing services significantly increases your chances.


Why should eligible authors accept their EVVY Award nomination and participate in the Awards?

Winning any kind of book award is one of the most recognized and effective methods of differentiating your book from the masses. The EVVY Awards improve the chances of your book winning an award because just being nominated to participate indicates your book is in the top 5%.  In fact, recipients of the EVVY Invitation should strongly consider entering their book in additional book award contests.  Details about saving 25% with the Book Awards Submission Package can be found by clicking here.

Furthermore, unlike many other national contests, the EVVY Awards typically involve less than 250 total books, among numerous categories.  Plus, the CIPA EVVY Awards are nationally recognized as being indicative of excellence.

Along with the sense of pride and accomplishment that comes from winning the EVVY 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)
  • A framed award featuring the cover of your book (1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners)
  • Bonus blog and newsletter exposure (all winners)

Framed awards for the 6 First Place Outskirts Press Books from the 2009 Awards

Watch the video featuring 2009 EVVY Award Winners from Outskirts Press
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*originally posted in 2009 and revised in 2010 for the 2011 awards

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