I Know It In My Heart: Walking through Grief with a Child

By Mary E. Plouffe
She Writes Press

IPNE Book Awards 2018 was the 5th year we’ve held the event. Check out the 2018 winners, in a wide range of genres.

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

Winners and finalists in the IPNE Book Awards 2018 were presented with their certificates at our 5th Annual Book Awards Ceremony on November 17, 2018

Congratulations to IPNE’s Book Award 5th Annual

Winners & Finalists!


* Denotes Category Winner

Book of the Year

I Know It In My Heart: Walking through Grief with a Child – Winner

By Mary E Plouffe
She Writes Press


Stars & Lights: Darkest of Dark Nights – finalist

By David Zapatka

Literary Fiction

Villa Del Sol – winner
By Martha Reynolds
The Promise – Finalist
By Hank Ellis

Genre Fiction

Moonlight Helmsman Robert Small’s Amazing Escape- Winner

By Richard Maule

Vagabond Quakers-Finalist
By Olga Reigeluth Morrill White Mountain Writers
Kitchen Canary – Finalist
By Joanne Claire Parsons

Children’s Books

Tabitha Fink and the Patchwork Pirates – Winner
By Rick Felty Dreamschooner Press
When Hen Was on Her Way to Market – Finalist
By Irena Stanic Rasin Three Authors

Young Adult

Soul Sister- Winner
By Mariellen Christine Langworthy Stillwater River Publications
Maine Roots Run Deep – Finalist
By Joan Wright Mularz

Narrative Non-Fiction

Out in Blue Fields A Year at Hokum Rock Blueberry Farm – Winner

By Janice Riley & Stephen Spear
Schiffer Publishing

All My Relations – Finalist
By Cheryl Wilfong Heart Path Press

Informational Non-Fiction

Saving Our Lives Volume Two Essays to Release the Writer in YOU – Winner

By D. Margaret Hoffman
Davanti & Vine Press

Garden Wisdom: 365 Day – Finalist
By Cheryl Wilfong Heart Path Press

Coffee Table and Art Books

Stars & Lights: Darkest of Dark Nights
By David Zapatka

Book Promotional Campaign

Stars & Lights: Darkest of Dark Nights
By David Zapatka
Runner in Red
By Tom Murphy Encircle Publications


The Legend of Dragon Lake – Winner
By Maung Nyeu Our Golden Hour
Beginning With Xs and Os – Finalist

By Etta L Zasloff
Skunk Hill Press