2022 marked the 9th year of our book awards program, which takes as its mission rewarding excellence in publishing and helping readers find their way to books they will love. The 2022 winners and finalists were honored at an online awards ceremony in January.

Congratulations to IPNE’s 9th Annual
Book AwardS Winners & Finalists

Gold Denotes Category Winner

Book of the Year –
Nonfiction Winner

Story and Structure:A Complete Guide
By Leon Conrad

Aladdin’s Cave Publishing

Book of the Year –
Fiction Winner

By Daniel V. Meier, Jr.

BQB Publishing




Literary Fiction

A Season Unknown

By Keith Cohen
k + p press

When Lions Roar

By Karen Leigh Gruber
Silk Dragon Press

Genre Fiction


By Daniel V. Meier, Jr.
BQB Publishing

All Men Glad and Wise

By Laura C. Stevenson
Rootstock Publishing

Horodno Burning

By Michael Freed-Thall
Rootstock Publishing

Children’s Books

Forever Home

By Cathy Stenquist
Illustrated by Erica Leigh
Cathy Stenquist Books

Oceans Alive!

By Sheryl Davis
Illustrated by Daniel Fiore 
Pierce Press

Narrative Nonfiction

Alive in This World: Tracking Light
Through the Wilderness of Grief

By Lyssa Black Fassett
Darbytree Publishing

Black, White, and Gray All Over: A Black Man’s
Odyssey in Life and Law Enforcement

By Frederick Douglass Reynolds
MindStir Media

Every Life a Story: Natalie Jacobson Reporting

By Natalie Jacobson
Peter E. Randall Publisher

Informational Nonfiction

Story and Structure:
A Complete Guide

By Leon Conrad
Aladdin’s Cave Publishing

Feed Our Students Well: 18 Customer Service Concepts for Public School Food Service

By Kelly E. Middleton

Lovable: How Women Can Heal Their Sensitive Hearts and Love as Their True Selves

By Andrea Paquette
Peter E. Randall Publisher


Tender the River

By Matt W. Miller
Texas Review Press

The Love and Loss of Living with Dementia

By Gary Rainford
North Country Press


Trojan Horse

By S. Lee Manning
Encircle Publications

Eddie Vincent, Encircle Publications, Book Design
Deirdre Wait, High Pines Creative, Inc., Cover Design

June First

By Lori Michelle Hawks
Illustrated by Olha Melnyk

Lori Michelle Hawks and Mohamed Daamouche,
Book and Cover Design