Congratulations to our EVVY Award Winners!

The Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association Annual EVVY Awards Banquet took place in Denver, Colorado last Saturday night, and once again Outskirts Press walked away with the most awards of any participating publisher, demonstrating that award-winning writers publish award-winning books at Outskirts Press.

Outskirts Press executives were on-hand for the event, and President Brent Sampson accepted the awards on behalf of authors unable to attend.  Published Outskirts Press authors from as far away as Florida traveled to Denver to accept their awards personally.

Here are our 2016 EVVY Award winners. Congratulations to them all!


1st Place Fiction/Mystery & Detective

1st Place Juvenile Fiction

1st Place Fiction/Action Adventure

1st Place Juvenile Non Fiction


2nd Place Juvenile Fiction

2nd Place Fiction/Historical

2nd Place Fiction/Action Adventure

2nd Place Religion & Spirituality


3rd Place Family & Relationships

3rd Place Fiction/Fairy Tales Folklore

3rd Place Fiction/Literary

3rd Place Social Science

3rd Place Juvenile Fiction

3rd Place Religion & Spirituality

3rd Place Fiction/Science Fiction

3rd Place Juvenile Fiction


Merit Award Poetry

Merit Award Fiction/Fantasy

Merit Juvenile Fiction

Merit Poetry

Merit Biography

Congratulations to all our EVVY nominees, finalists, and winners.  Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to winning the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award and its $1500 Grand Prize.  Stay tuned to find out which three authors from the winners above will be the finalists…

Book Awards Build Buzz

One of the best ways to create a buzz about your book is by winning an award! Winning a book award is a great feeling, and sometimes it even comes with prize money — best of all, it can be a powerful marketing tool.

There are hundreds of thousands of self-published books released each year, and competition is fierce. Authors who are serious about getting their book noticed will need to put extra effort into the promotional department. By entering legitimate writing contests, authors can up their chances of winning recognition…and so much more.

When you win a book award…

  • You receive third-party validation that your book is worthy.
  • You may win prize money…
  • The awards website will feature a list of all the winners and send out a press release announcing the winners — resulting in more publicity for you!
  • You can send out your own press release to announce your award — again, more publicity.
  • You can add an award sticker to your book cover that consumers, librarians, and booksellers will see immediately, and this can influence their buying decisions.
  • You gain credibility as a writer and an edge in the market.
  • You can call yourself an award-winning author, not only with friends and family but in promotional materials and interviews as well!

New writers publishing with the New & Improved Outskirts Press starting in August will receive the Book Marketing RoadMap at publication, and one article is devoted to helping our authors identify reputable book contests to enter.  So, in recognition of our amazing 16 award finalists in the Colorado Independent Publisher Association EVVY Awards, we are going to give you an excerpt from the free Book Marketing RoadMap right now by listing a few of the upcoming book award contests to consider entering after your book is published. The contests listed below have approaching deadlines, so act fast!

And if you didn’t see our 16 EVVY Award finalists, you can see them here.

Top National Contests and Book Awards

USA Best Book Awards

  • Deadline: Fall
  • Website:
  • Details: This contest is another option to spread your marketing dollars, as they accept manuscripts up to two years after publication. All winners receive industry and media exposure.

Benjamin Franklin Awards

  • Deadline: Fall/Winter
  • Website:
  • Details: Held by the Independent Book Publishers Association, the annual Benjamin Franklin Awards is one of the premiere contests in independent publishing today, where Gold Medal winners in each category receive an engraved crystal trophy acknowledging their accomplishment.

Reader Views Literary Awards

  • Deadline: December of your copyright year
  • Website:
  • Details: With numerous categories and various awards per category (including cash prizes and publicity packages), the Reader Views Literary Awards should not be missed. And it’s easy to miss them! They have the earliest deadline among all these contests, so plan early.


Deadline: Dec/Jan
Details: Held by the prestigious review journal Foreword Reviews, the INDIEFAB Awards are a cornerstone of the independent publishers marketing foundation. Not only are winners featured in the print and digital editions of Foreword Reviews, but they play a role in a national publicity campaign.

Eric Hoffer Book Awards

  • Deadline: January
  • Website:
  • Details: One submission automatically makes you eligible for numerous category considerations, including most-thought provoking work, best cover, best first-time author, and best over-all book, which comes with a $2,000 Grand Prize.

The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Awards

  • Deadline: By invitation only
  • Website:
  • Details: Every year Outskirts Press recognizes one book as our official Best Book of the Year with this prestigious award that comes with a $1,500 Grand Prize for the winning author. The prerequisite for becoming one of the three special Semi-Finalists in this contest is winning a Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association EVVY Award.

This year’s EVVY Awards take place in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, August 20th. Outskirts Press executives will be on-hand to accept awards on behalf of authors unable to attend.  Once our EVVY Winners are announced, three of them will be hand-selected as our Semi-Finalists for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Stay tuned!

Submitting your book to contests can be rewarding. It can also be time-consuming and frustrating. Let Outskirts Press help you!

Outskirts Press authors can automatically enter six reputable, vetted book contests with one click of a button!

The Book Awards Submission package, exclusively from Outskirts Press, takes care of everything by automatically entering your book into the following book award contents for you: Benjamin Franklin Awards, INDIEFAB Awards, Next Generation Indie Book Awards, Reader Views Literary Awards , Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, and the USA Best Book Awards. If you’re already published with Outskirts Press, look for this Marketing Service in your Publishing Center under “Marketing Options.”









Outskirts Press celebrates a new website, new packages, and its EVVY Award Finalists!

There’s never a dull moment here at Outskirts Press, and over the coming weeks we will be rolling out a number of changes, additions, and announcements designed to ensure you have the best possible August — not to mention the best possible self-publishing experience!

One of the first and most dramatic changes that new clients will notice is our updated website ( We have watched excitedly as new web design capabilities have been developed in order to meet the changing needs of self-publishing authors, and now we’re equally excited to reflect the best of those capabilities in our own website. It’s clean, it’s responsive, and it’s beautiful in both desktop and mobile browsers — so you can find all of the information and services you need with ease, whether you’re on your computer at home or scrolling through our website on your tablet or smartphone. Our rebranding features: drop-down menus, high-resolution images, and deep integration with all of our marketing and publicity platforms, including newsletters and social media accounts. Our newsletters, too, will be changing: we want to offer better and more relevant writing and publication tips to help you move forward. These changes are live as of August 1st, so check back regularly to explore all of those new digital nooks and crannies!

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We hope you enjoy using the new interface as much as we enjoy bringing you the best in self-publishing options — and on that note, we have some additional good news for the month of August: a whole host of new publishing packages crafted to meet your needs as an author.

This week we are inviting our non-fiction writers to experience our One-Click Non-Fiction suite for an introductory offer of $500 off the original price. We will be introducing new packages and promotions in the weeks to come, but for now we simply want to whet your appetite and let you know there are some fantastic publishing opportunities right now AND coming down the pipeline in the near future.

Speaking of opportunities, sixteen Outskirts Press authors have massive marketing opportunities now that they’ve been recognized as EVVY Award Finalists.

Snow Men, by Andrew Ceroni, was last year’s Best Book of the Year

That’s right! We want to announce just how proud we are to have sixteen — sixteen — EVVY Award finalists amongst our ranks. Every year, Outskirts Press officially nominates a small number of books published within the past year for submission to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. Since a nomination is the first step toward receiving the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards (and the stakes) are exceptionally high. As with many other awards, EVVY Award finalists receive a huge boost to their marketing campaigns as they receive recognition throughout the publishing community.

Generally speaking, we nominate only the very best of our publications as determined by our executives and members of our production teams. This year, the CIPA EVVY Award judges have recognized the consistently high quality of work produced by our authors and will honor each of our finalists with a 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, or Merit Award within each applicable category at the annual EVVY Awards show on August 20th in Denver, Colorado. Outskirts Press executives will be on hand to accept the awards on behalf of authors not able to appear in person. Click here to see the 16 EVVY Award Finalist books.

Each year, the CIPA judges have to make tough choices in order to narrow the list of nominees down to a shorter list of finalists, and we’re honored both by their recognition and by the choice each author has made by publishing through us at Outskirts Press.

Our nominees all have one thing in common, they all had their books professionally edited and they used a custom designed cover. For authors that are in the midst of writing their books, we cannot stress enough just how important these two items are. This is one reason why all of our One-Click packages include both professional editing and professional custom cover design. We recognize the importance of these items and we want to give our authors the best book possible.

Contact us at for more information about self-publishing — as well as to learn more about our One-Click for Non-Fiction package introductory offer of $500 off this week. Click the button below to learn how you can get the special promotion code for this amazing introductory offer.

2016 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Finalists Announced

Each year, Outskirts Press officially nominates a small percentage of the books published during the year for submission to the EVVY Awards. Since a nomination is the first step toward receiving the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award, the standards are exceedingly high; we nominated fewer than 5% of the books we published in 2015.

These nominations represent the very best of our publications as determined by Outskirts Press executives and members of the production teams.

The CIPA EVVY Award judges have since reviewed all the submissions received from all eligible authors and publishers to arrive upon the EVVY Award Finalists. Those finalists will all be honored with either 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, or Merit Award within each applicable category at the annual EVVY Awards on August 23rd in Denver, Colorado. Outskirts Press executives will be on hand to accept the awards on behalf of authors not able to appear in person.

Outskirts Press is proud to announce that it has 16 talented finalists being honored, the most among all participating publishers. We’re sure the CIPA judges had to make tough choices to narrow our amazing list of nominees to these 16 finalists. Here are the 2016 Outskirts Press EVVY Finalists in random order. Congratulations to them all!

As a result of being nominated for the 22nd Annual EVVY Awards, these Outskirts Press authors have taken the first step toward winning the coveted Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Three of the nominees above who subsequently win an EVVY Award during the CIPA banquet this coming August will be selected as Semi-Finalists for our annual Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize. Stay tuned.

Wouldn’t you like to win an extra $1,500, and bragging rights as the author of the best book of the year published by Outskirts Press? Start publishing now and your book could be in the running for the “Best Book of the Year Award” for 2016 and its $1,500 grand prize. For more information on rules and eligibility, click here: Best Book of the Year Award.

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Congratulations to the 2015 Outskirts Press EVVY Award Winners!

Outskirts Press has released the winners of the 2015 EVVY Awards. The EVVY Awards recognize excellence in independently published books as determined by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA). Denver-based Outskirts Press is a full-service self-publishing and book-marketing company that helps people write, publish and market the book of their dreams.

Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to being named the Outskirts Press 2014 Best Book of the Year Award-winner and walking away with a Grand Prize of $1,500. The Outskirts Press 2014 Best Book of the Year Award recognizes the best book published by Outskirts Press in 2014 as decided by a social community of self-publishing authors.

Congratulations to all of the 2015 EVVY Award winners below!

1st Place Winners
E.J. Brown, author of “Speechless”
Andrew Ceroni, author of “Snow Men”
John Hudson, author of “Dust To Dust”

3rd Place Winners
Adam J. Beardslee, author of “Out of Reech”
John Quist, author of “What’s Wrong with That Door?”
Jan Spiller, author of “The Astrology of Success”
Peter C. Stone, author of “Dreams to Dance in Moonlight”
Dr. Peggy Turnage, author of “Big Albert the Camel”
Fritzie Von Jessen, author of “Growing Up Ugly”

Merit Winners
Bonnie M. Anderson, author of “Pluto the Starfish”
Michael Burns, author of “Oliver Ornament”
Lawayne Childrey, author of “Peeling Back the Layers”
KaMuLanS, author of “Keys to Armageddon”
John Koski, author of “Pinos Altos”
John Mero, author of “A Holiday From Time”
Todd Michael Putnam, author of “The Garden of Life”
David M. Tavernier, author of “More Stories of the Rich and Famous”
Laura K. Wagner, author of “The Back-Up Mom”

Congratulations to these EVVY Finalists
Will Ottinger, author of “A Season for Ravens”
Rodney Keeney, author of “Cowboy in the Sand”
Roy Albert Andrade, author of “Cultivating the DNA of Crime”
Carol Leslie Bradley, author of “The Inheritance”
Mae Durden-Nelson, author of “In the Outside”
Dortha Jackson, author of “Isn’t It Funny?”
Christina Skarbek-Karakourtis, author of “Keys to Opening A Successful Business”
Mary Jo Wisneski Johnston, author of “The Lucky Seven Show”
Cory Mertes, author of “Micropolis – The Adventure of Johnny Redblood”
L. Gina Davis, author of “Ooh Lolita”
Stephen R. Champi, author of “The Renaissance and the 21st Century”
Pamela Zembiec, author of “Selfless Beyond Service”
Becca Mann, author of “The Stolen Dragon of Quanx”
Nina Johnson, author of “The Story of the Unlucky Teacher and Her Koalas”
E.M. Dixon, author of “Tale Of Tails”
Alfred Sotomayor, author of “Unconditional Letters of Love”
Georgianna Jeans, author of “Wafford Springs”
M.S. Matassa, author of “The Well House”
John Brown, author of “Why Not? Conquering The Road Less Traveled”
Matthew Krumsiek, author of “The Wretched Road to Success”

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Snow Men Receives the 2014 Best Book of the Year Award from Outskirts Press

Every year, Outskirts Press officially nominates a small percentage of the books we published during the previous year for submission to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. A nomination to these awards is the first step toward receiving the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. The standards for winning this award are exceedingly high; we nominated fewer than 5 percent of the books we published in 2014. Next, three finalists are selected from among the EVVY Award winners for the Best Book of the Year Award contest. We feature each of the finalists on the Outskirts Press blog and conduct a public vote for the grand prize of $1,500.

Outskirts Press is proud to announce that Snow Men, by Andrew Ceroni, was this year’s winner of the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award. Andrew’s work was voted the top honor from the three finalists. Andrew received the $1,500 Grand Prize from Outskirts Press, as well as receiving recognition through social networks and a widely distributed press release.

Andrew Ceroni served a distinguished career as a special agent conducting global counterespionage and antiterrorism operations. He is a graduate of numerous federal intelligence and criminal law enforcement training forums. He received his B.S. degree from the US Air Force Academy; M.A. from Case Western Reserve University; and studied several foreign languages at the University of Maryland. He has authored several short stories and two novels, and his poetry has also been published in several magazines.

Thousands of readers and writers in our writing and publishing community were invited to vote for the Best Book of the Year Award. The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award recognizes not only the author with the writing talent to compose an award–winning book, but also the marketing prowess to promote it. Andrew ultimately collected the highest number of votes.

It’s never too late to publish your own award-winning book. Perhaps you will find yourself in the running for next year’s Best Book of the Year Award! Get started today.


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