Learn How to Get Your Book Noticed — and Compete for Valuable Prizes — in Book Awards Competitions

As a self-publishing author, you know the value of positive publicity in your marketing efforts. Without the backing of a traditional publishing house, your marketing is solely up to you and your marketing service provider, so every “selling point” you can get is priceless.Book Contests

Now you can save 25% and enjoy maximum convenience by allowing us to submit your book to 6 recognized, vetted and reputable book award contests, some of which offer major cash and prizes (Writer’s Digest and Foreword) and all of which offer the chance for extra exposure, recognition and the chance to add the descriptor “award-winning” to your title. This promotion is part of Outskirts Press’ Spring Season Book Awards Submissions.

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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 and effective 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 6 contests. Outskirts Press can facilitate the submission details to all these contests for you. With your purchase of this package and your eligible book, we will handle all the details, including:

  • the award submission fee
  • registering your book with the contest
  • sending them each the necessary review copies of your book
  • accurately and completely filling out the necessary entry forms
  • selecting the most appropriate category for your book (if we’re not sure, we’ll ask you)
  • shipping and handling costs of your book to each of the contest’s multiple judges


Writer's DigestThe Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing Book Awards

You could win $3,000 cash and promotion in Writer’s Digest and Publisher’s Weekly!

Outskirts Press is already the sponsor and publisher of Writer’s Digest’s annual Writing Competition Collection, which is one of the most renowned short story contests in the country. Now Outskirts Press can help you participate in the Writer’s Digest International Self-Publishing contest for books. You may be eligible to receive part of more than $17,000 in cash and prizes, including the $3,000 Grand Prize, 10 First Place prizes of $1,000 and Honorable Mentions.


The National Best Books

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 that includes your color book cover, a brief paragraph about your title and a hyperlink to your website. Fantastic coverage for the busy holiday season! Additional coverage in the USABN E-zine, sent to thousands of book buyers. 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.


The Next Generation Indie Book AwardsNext Generation Indie Book Awards

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards submission service through Outskirts Press is open for English-language books. Prizes range from $250 to $1,000 cash, plus a listing in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog which is distributed to book buyers, media and others; exposure for your book on websites and blogs, and the opportunity to display Finalist or Winner stickers on your book.

In the past, the top 70 books have been reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency or one of Allen’s co-agents for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights and other rights. Allen has worked with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark and many more.


Reader Views Literary AwardThe Reader Views Literary Awards

How would you like to become eligible to win thousands of dollars in marketing support AND a Literary Award at the same time? The annual Reader Views Literary Awards were established to honor writers who self-published or had their books published alternatively by a self-publishing company. In years past, winners of the Reader Views Literary Award have received $1,000s of dollars of expert marketing assistance from renown marketing experts.


Benjamin Franklin Awards

The Benjamin Franklin Awards are among the most respected Book Awards in the country. The awards recognize excellence in both editorial and design. The specific genre categories are judged by three industry professionals, coming from the library, bookstore, reviewer, designer, publicity and editorial markets. The winners in each category will be announced at the IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards presentation during the Publishing University at the Book Expo of America. Finalists will receive a certificate of excellence; winners will receive the Benjamin Franklin Award trophy. All finalists will be displayed during the Publishing University and at the Awards Ceremony and all winners will be displayed in a special booth at Book Expo America. Winners and finalists will also be featured on the IBPA website, among other places.


ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year AwardForeWord Magazine's Book of the Year Award

Win $1,500 in cash. ForeWord Magazine’s Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention from librarians and booksellers to the literary achievements of independent publishers and their authors. First, second, and third place winners will be awarded in each category. A $1,500 cash prize will also be awarded to Best Fiction and Best Nonfiction as determined by the editors of ForeWord Magazine. ForeWord Magazine reserves the right to withhold an award in any category should submissions not meet criteria outlined by editorial and professional production standards mentioned above. All cash prizes are solely at the discretion of ForeWord Magazine.
Winners and finalists will also be featured in ForeWord Magazine and elsewhere.

Important: Be sure your book is eligible for the Book Award Submissions Package by checking the copyright date on the copyright page of your book. If your book has a copyright date in the same year as the year you are ordering this package, you are eligible. If your book has a copyright date in the year prior to your order, please double-check your eligibility with marketing@outskirtspress.com. If your book has a copyright date 2 years (or more) prior to your order, your book is no longer eligible to enter these awards.

 Now’s the time to take advantage of hassle-free submission to some of the most prestigious book awards in the country. Learn more about how to get your book recognized!

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