IPNE BOOK AWARDS

IPNE Exhibition Curation Guidelines

IPNE exhibits at the major book shows are curated. By this process, our intent is to raise the overall quality of books that readers and industry professionals can discover through the public face of IPNE. 

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IPNE BOOK AWARDS 2021

IPNE Book Awards 2021 was the 8th year we’ve held the event. Check out the 2021 winners, in a wide range of genres.

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IPNE BOOK AWARDS 2020

IPNE Book Awards 2020 was the 7th year we’ve held the event. Check out the 2020 winners, in a wide range of genres.

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IPNE BOOK AWARDS 2019

IPNE Book Awards 2019 was the 6th year we’ve held the event. Check out the 2019 winners, in a wide range of genres.

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IPNE BOOK AWARDS 2018

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

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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. 

Serving as a judge for the IPNE Awards is a great way to give back to the publishing community and a great way to become a more vital part of that community.

We’re looking for qualified individuals with a background in books: what makes a book successful, what makes it stand out.

Judges may be booksellers, librarians, literary agents, developmental editors, former acquisitions editors, authors, and/or other members of the literary community considered eligible by the Awards Committee. The successful candidate is well-read in one or more genre(s), which includes being knowledgeable about the particular aspects that make a book of that category successful. For fiction, for example, the storytelling principles of plot, setting, characterization, and so on. For narrative nonfiction, story development similar either to fiction or to essay, with the additional considerations that readers look for in true stories. For informational nonfiction, an author with credibility and expertise in their subject matter, material clearly and logically organized, and so on.

For the design award, we’re seeking judges with a solid background in or experience with book design. Design judges focus exclusively on the cover design and layout of a book.

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You do not need to be a member of IPNE to serve.

You must not be a publisher, a full-time employee of a publisher, or a member of the IPNE Board of Directors.

For 2022, the judging period runs from August 1 to September 30. Each book is read by three judges. Each judge reads from one to three books.