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    • 14 Apr 2022
    • 15 Jun 2022
    • Online Registration Closes June 15
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    9th Annual IPNE Book Awards

    Registration Closes June 15!

    Is your book a winner? There's no time like the present to step up and find out. Winning a respected book award can help you reach new audiences and boost sales. It also delivers a satisfying cap to all the hard work that goes into putting out a fine book. 

    Please read on for important details about registering your book.   

    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. Read about last years winners.

    Winners are showcased on the IPNE website. They receive a 2022 IPNE Book Award e-medallion for display on social media channels, websites, and marketing materials. And they are honored at the annual IPNE book award ceremony, the high point of the conference for that year.

    Each book is judged by three independent judges drawn from a panel of literary scholars, authors, librarians, developmental editors, booksellers, and other qualified reviewers selected by IPNEs 2022 Book Awards Committee. This rich, independent evaluation is the foundation of our process.

    All entries will compete within their categories, and also for the top prize as IPNE Book of the Year. 

    Become a member of IPNE and be eligible for the member submission rate. 

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    Eligibility

    Print books published in 2020, 2021, or 2022. 

    Entry Category and Fee

    The fee is $45 per title, with an accompanying selection of the primary category. An additional category (or rarely, categories) is $25 each. Make sure not to select conflicting categories. 

    Registration includes one of the following categories for each book entered.
    1. LITERARY FICTION 
      Fiction that does not fit neatly into the traditional formulas of genre. That favors rich language, nuanced characters, and sometimes also experimental strategies or form. That tends to concern itself with the human condition. For a “hybrid novel,“ one that seems to extend the framework of genre into the realm of the literary, enter your novel as one or the other, based on the novel's strongest attributes.

    2. GENRE FICTION
      Fiction that meets (or sometimes plays on) reader expectations for a certain type of story: mystery, romance, historical, science fiction, fantasy, and so on. Genres have one or more core features that make the genre what it is, and which a story must incorporate to be of a particular genre. Contemporary genre fiction also sometimes incorporates features traditionally associated with literary fiction, such as fine language and nuanced characters.
    3. CHILDREN’S BOOKS 
      Picture book (ages 3–8), early reader (ages 5–8), middle grade (ages 8 to 12). Children's books can wander over various subjects, as appropriate for the age group. Content, treatment, and reading level are key in these categories.
    4. YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
      Fiction or nonfiction, aimed at ages 12 and up. YA books can be of many genres, address many subjects. What distinguishes them is the focus on teens and their particular concerns. Some YA books are written with the younger teens in mind, some the older. Young adult is not to be confused with middle grade.
    5. GRAPHIC NOVELS
      Fiction or nonfiction, visually presented.
    6. NARRATIVE NONFICTION
      Nonfiction that tells a story, whether of a person (biography or memoir), an event (as with literary journalism), a time period (as with a history), or something else. The subject matter may inform the story, but narrative drives it. Enter nonfiction as either narrative or informational, not both.
    7. INFORMATIONAL NONFICTION
      Nonfiction that informs — and that is organized purely to inform — such as directories, travel guides, how-to's, self-help, reference, and so on. Informational fiction may include short narratives, but narrative does not itself drive the structure or inform the content. A travel memoir, for example, is not a travel guide. Enter nonfiction as either narrative or informational, not both.
    8. POETRY 
      Collections of poems. One long story told in verse would instead be fiction or narrative nonfiction. A collection of poems or a story in verse for children would typically be a children's book. 
    9. COFFEE TABLE AND ART BOOKS
      Large format, visually rich. A book in which the design is as significant, if not more so, than the substance. Either way, it has been designed to showcase that content.
    10. DESIGN 
      This category stands apart from the others: only the design (both exterior and interior) are evaluated. Nothing of the substance. Most typically applies to coffee table or art books.  

    Take care to select a primary category that best fits the book, and secondary categories only when such do not conflict. A coffee table/art book is a natural for a secondary category of design, for example, or vice versa. But a novel should be entered as either literary or genre, and nonfiction as either narrative or informational. 

    Entry Process

    • Register online (click the Register button, in red, above left).
    • Submit your payment via online registration.
    • Mail four copies of your book to IPNE. Three will be sent to judges. One is retained as a reference copy. 
    Look for the address in the confirmation email you'll receive after registering. Do not send books to a saved address from a previous year.

      Note we only accept print copies. Ebooks will not be accepted.

      Deadline for Registration

      June 15

      Finalists and Winners Announced 

      Winners will be announced live during the second day of IPNE’s Annual Conference and Book Awards in November of 2022, date forthcoming.

      Entrants are welcome to bring guests for a celebratory dinner and the awards ceremony.

      Submit Early!

      To ensure the integrity of the judging process, entries will be capped at 100. 

      Questions?

      Email us at talktous@ipne.org.

      Notices

      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 for a particular genre are added, consolidated, or eliminated, submission(s) will be judged in the category or categories most relevant. Books that have been submitted miscategorized will not be judged in the categories that do not apply. 

      IPNE’s Book Awards are facilitated by a volunteer committee made up of IPNE members and governed by the IPNE Board of Directors.


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      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.

      • 18 May 2022
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Zoom
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      IPNE Metro Boston Publishers Meetup

      SPECIAL GUEST: Beth Ineson, Executive Director of New England Independent Booksellers (NEIBA)

      * Click here to join at 7 pm on Wed. May 18!
      * Click here to RSVP

        Beth Ineson, Executive Director of NEIBA, will give a short presentation on how indie publishers and booksellers can forge mutually beneficial relationships, and a preview of how to make the most of the upcoming (in-person) NEIBA Conference in September.

        At each meetup, we discuss pressing questions by attending members and useful tips from our experts.

        For future meetups, let us know if you'd like to make a presentation! Participants will be invited to ask questions and share samples of their books and promotional material. Each attendee will be able to screen-share their website or images.

        At regional meetings, we announce new IPNE member benefits, and events. Members can use #IPNEMember hashtag on social media for chance to win books and publishing services.

        The Fine Print: Metro Boston Publishers meet on the 3rd Wednesday at 12 noon on even months, and at 7 pm on odd months. All will be recorded and chat notes available on request if you miss the session. Invite a friend! All IPNE regional group meetings are open; membership is not required.

        Metro Boston Publishers coordinators are IPNE board members Mike Rochester and Regional Groups coordinator Charlotte Pierce.

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        • 15 Jun 2022
        • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
        • Zoom
        • 20

        IPNE Metro Boston Publishers Meetup

        Click here to join at 12pm on Wed. Jun. 15!

          At each meetup, we discuss pressing questions by attending members and useful tips from our experts.

          For future meetups, let us know if you'd like to make a presentation! Participants will be invited to ask questions and share samples of their books and promotional material. Each attendee will be able to screen-share their website or images.

          We'll announce new IPNE member benefits, events. Members can use #IPNEMember hashtag on social media for chance to win books and publishing services.

          The Fine Print: Metro Boston Publishers meet on the 3rd Wednesday at 12 noon on even months, and at 7 pm on odd months. All will be recorded and chat notes available on request if you miss the session. Invite a friend! All IPNE regional group meetings are open; membership is not required.
          Metro Boston Publishers coordinators are IPNE board members Mike Rochester and Regional Groups coordinator Charlotte Pierce.

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          • 29 Jun 2022
          • 7:00 PM
          • 20
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          IPNE Connecticut Regional Group

          TOPIC: Ins & Outs of Ingram Spark 

          For this meetup, we'll hear a short presentation about how starting a publishing company can help author-publishers establish a professional platform. Then we'll go round the circle to talk about our publishing goals for 2022.

          For future meetups, let us know if you'd like to make a presentation! Participants will be invited to ask questions and share samples of their books and promotional material. Each attendee will be able to screen-share their website or images.

          At regional meetups, we announce new IPNE member benefits, events, and marketing opportunities. Members who use #IPNEMember hashtag on social media are entered for chance to win books and publishing services.

          Registration is recommended to be notified of any changes,
          but all are welcome drop in to join the Zoom meeting.

          The Fine Print: Starting in March 2022, the IPNE Connecticut Regional Group meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month on a quarterly basis, at 7 pm. Invite a friend! All IPNE regional group meetings are open; membership is not required. Connecticut regional group coordinator is Shirley Skyers-Thomas. Regional Groups board liaison is Charlotte Pierce.

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          • 20 Jul 2022
          • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
          • Zoom
          • 20

          IPNE Metro Boston Publishers Meetup

          Click here to join at 7 pm on Wed. Jul. 20!

            At each meetup, we discuss pressing questions by attending members and useful tips from our experts.

            For future meetups, let us know if you'd like to make a presentation! Participants will be invited to ask questions and share samples of their books and promotional material. Each attendee will be able to screen-share their website or images.

            We'll announce new IPNE member benefits, events. Members can use #IPNEMember hashtag on social media for chance to win books and publishing services.

            The Fine Print: Metro Boston Publishers meet on the 3rd Wednesday at 12 noon on even months, and at 7 pm on odd months. All will be recorded and chat notes available on request if you miss the session. Invite a friend! All IPNE regional group meetings are open; membership is not required.
            Metro Boston Publishers coordinators are IPNE board members Mike Rochester and Regional Groups coordinator Charlotte Pierce.

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            • 17 Aug 2022
            • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
            • Zoom
            • 20

            IPNE Metro Boston Publishers Meetup

            Click here to join at 12pm on Wed. Aug. 17!

              At each meetup, we discuss pressing questions by attending members and useful tips from our experts.

              For future meetups, let us know if you'd like to make a presentation! Participants will be invited to ask questions and share samples of their books and promotional material. Each attendee will be able to screen-share their website or images.

              We'll announce new IPNE member benefits, events. Members can use #IPNEMember hashtag on social media for chance to win books and publishing services.

              The Fine Print: Metro Boston Publishers meet on the 3rd Wednesday at 12 noon on even months, and at 7 pm on odd months. All will be recorded and chat notes available on request if you miss the session. Invite a friend! All IPNE regional group meetings are open; membership is not required.
              Metro Boston Publishers coordinators are IPNE board members Mike Rochester and Regional Groups coordinator Charlotte Pierce.

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              • 21 Sep 2022
              • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
              • Zoom
              • 20

              IPNE Metro Boston Publishers Meetup

              Click here to join at 7 pm on Wed. Sep. 21!

                At each meetup, we discuss pressing questions by attending members and useful tips from our experts.

                For future meetups, let us know if you'd like to make a presentation! Participants will be invited to ask questions and share samples of their books and promotional material. Each attendee will be able to screen-share their website or images.

                We'll announce new IPNE member benefits, events. Members can use #IPNEMember hashtag on social media for chance to win books and publishing services.

                The Fine Print: Metro Boston Publishers meet on the 3rd Wednesday at 12 noon on even months, and at 7 pm on odd months. All will be recorded and chat notes available on request if you miss the session. Invite a friend! All IPNE regional group meetings are open; membership is not required.
                Metro Boston Publishers coordinators are IPNE board members Mike Rochester and Regional Groups coordinator Charlotte Pierce.

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                • 19 Oct 2022
                • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                • Zoom
                • 20

                IPNE Metro Boston Publishers Meetup

                Click here to join at 12pm on Wed. Oct. 19!

                  At each meetup, we discuss pressing questions by attending members and useful tips from our experts.

                  For future meetups, let us know if you'd like to make a presentation! Participants will be invited to ask questions and share samples of their books and promotional material. Each attendee will be able to screen-share their website or images.

                  We'll announce new IPNE member benefits, events. Members can use #IPNEMember hashtag on social media for chance to win books and publishing services.

                  The Fine Print: Metro Boston Publishers meet on the 3rd Wednesday at 12 noon on even months, and at 7 pm on odd months. All will be recorded and chat notes available on request if you miss the session. Invite a friend! All IPNE regional group meetings are open; membership is not required.
                  Metro Boston Publishers coordinators are IPNE board members Mike Rochester and Regional Groups coordinator Charlotte Pierce.

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                  • 16 Nov 2022
                  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
                  • Zoom
                  • 20

                  IPNE Metro Boston Publishers Meetup

                  Click here to join at 7 pm on Wed. Nov. 16!

                    At each meetup, we discuss pressing questions by attending members and useful tips from our experts.

                    For future meetups, let us know if you'd like to make a presentation! Participants will be invited to ask questions and share samples of their books and promotional material. Each attendee will be able to screen-share their website or images.

                    We'll announce new IPNE member benefits, events. Members can use #IPNEMember hashtag on social media for chance to win books and publishing services.

                    The Fine Print: Metro Boston Publishers meet on the 3rd Wednesday at 12 noon on even months, and at 7 pm on odd months. All will be recorded and chat notes available on request if you miss the session. Invite a friend! All IPNE regional group meetings are open; membership is not required.
                    Metro Boston Publishers coordinators are IPNE board members Mike Rochester and Regional Groups coordinator Charlotte Pierce.

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                    • 21 Dec 2022
                    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                    • Zoom
                    • 20

                    IPNE Metro Boston Publishers Meetup

                    Click here to join at 12pm on Wed. Dec. 21!

                      At each meetup, we discuss pressing questions by attending members and useful tips from our experts.

                      For future meetups, let us know if you'd like to make a presentation! Participants will be invited to ask questions and share samples of their books and promotional material. Each attendee will be able to screen-share their website or images.

                      We'll announce new IPNE member benefits, events. Members can use #IPNEMember hashtag on social media for chance to win books and publishing services.

                      The Fine Print: Metro Boston Publishers meet on the 3rd Wednesday at 12 noon on even months, and at 7 pm on odd months. All will be recorded and chat notes available on request if you miss the session. Invite a friend! All IPNE regional group meetings are open; membership is not required.
                      Metro Boston Publishers coordinators are IPNE board members Mike Rochester and Regional Groups coordinator Charlotte Pierce.

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