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The 2024 contests run from April 1st–May 31st and authors from any state or province are able to participate!

Each genre winner shall receive $2,500 and two honorable mentions will receive $500. All winners will also receive:

  • Inclusion in Library Journal’s “Best of Books” December issue
  • Honors at the Indie Author Project Awards Reception at ALA
  • Opportunities to promote their book(s) at public libraries
  • Opportunities to earn royalties through the IAP Select Commercial Collections, opens a new window (ePUB format required for eligibility)

Additionally, an author will be selected from the winners across all genres as the 2025 Indie Author of the Year, opens a new window. This winner will receive all of the rewards mentioned above, plus:

  • $5,000 monetary prize
  • Audiobook production
  • Ongoing marketing and promotional opportunities

This year, the awards will honor the best indie-published ebooks in seven genres:

  • Mystery/Thrillers
  • Romance
  • SciFi/Fantasy
  • Historical Fiction
  • General/Contemporary Fiction
  • Memoir
  • Young Adult

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