Every year, the Independent Publishers of New England runs its book awards program with the aim of recognizing the best of the best in recent independent publishing. These are awards that serve the industry by rewarding publishers and authors for exemplary work and providing readers another means of navigating an increasingly noisy marketplace. 

The awards are judged by a panel of distinguished librarians, booksellers, literary agents, and editors. The winners are honored at the annual conference in November. 


Registration Begins
14 Apr 2022

Registration Ends
30 Jun 2022

Registration (depends on selected options)

1 Book Entry – $45.00
Entry fee for one book.

2 Book Entry – $85.00
Entry fee for two books.

3 Books Entry – $125.00
Entry fee for three books.

Along with the gratification and marketing opportunities that winning a respected book award offers, winners will also be showcased on the IPNE website through 2023, receive a 2022 IPNE Book Award e-medallion for display on social media channels, websites, and marketing materials, and be honored at the annual IPNE book award ceremony. The submissions period runs from April 14 to June 30.

Each book will be judged by three independent judges, drawn from a panel of literary scholars, librarians, and other qualified reviewers selected by IPNE’s 2022 Book Awards Committee.

All entries will compete within their categories, and also for the top prize of IPNE Book of the Year. Read about last year’s IPNE Book Award winners!

If you have a book with a publication date of 2020, 2021, or 2022, you are eligible to enter the 9th Annual IPNE Book Awards. Scroll down for categories and full details!

For Members, the fee is $45 per title (one category), and $25 per additional category.

For Non-Members, the entry fee is $70 per title (one category).

Registration includes one of the following categories for each book entered. You can register for as many categories as you wish for $25 each.

  1.  LITERARY FICTION: Written as literary work, does not fit the traditional formulas of genre fiction.
  2. GENRE FICTION: Mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, inspirational, etc.
  3. CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Picture book, early reader, middle grade
  6. NARRATIVE NONFICTION: Biography, memoir, nonfiction that tells a story.
  7. INFORMATIONAL NONFICTION: Directories, travel guides, how-to, self-help, reference, etc.
  10. DESIGN: Cover and interior are evaluated.

Entry Process & Information

  • Register online (click the Register button above, left)
  • Submit your payment via online registration
  • Mail 4 copies of your book to IPNE
    Please note we only accept hard copies of books for the Book Awards; e-books will not be accepted

Save the date for IPNE’s Annual Conference and Book Awards—Nov. 2022, date to be announced.

Winners will be announced live during the second day of the conference. Entrants are welcome to bring guests for a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer to help with this event please email talktous@ipne.org.

About the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE)

The Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) is an organization of professionals, authors, and companies who collaborate to help each other learn and succeed in the independent book publishing field.

The IPNE Book Awards continue to be a favorite of IPNE members and other indie publishers. Winning a book award or being named a finalist not only brings a sense of personal validation but provides countless opportunities for promoting and marketing your book!


Depending on the number of submissions for a category, IPNE reserves the right to combine, divide, or otherwise modify the award categories. In the event that categories are added for a particular genre, consolidated, or eliminated, the submission will be judged in the category(ies) most relevant to the submission(s). IPNE’s Book Awards are facilitated by a volunteer committee that is made up of IPNE members and governed by the IPNE Board of Directors.