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    • 01 Mar 2021
    • (EST)
    • 31 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Online Registration Opens March 1
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    8th Annual IPNE Book Awards

    Registration Now Open!

    Is your book a winner?  It's time to let the world know and get the recognition that book deserves.  

    Click Here to Enter the 2021 IPNE Book Awards! 

    If you have a book with a publication date of 2019, 2020 or 2021, you are eligible to enter the 8th Annual IPNE Book Awards. Scroll down for categories and full details!

    Along with the gratification and marketing opportunities that winning a respected book award offers, winners will also be showcased on the IPNE website through 2021, receive a 2021 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 March 1 to May 31. 

    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 2021 Book Awards Committee.

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

    Entry Fees

    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).

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

    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 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
    4. YOUNG ADULT BOOKS
    5. GRAPHIC NOVELS
    6. NARRATIVE NONFICTION: Biography, memoir, nonfiction that tells a story.
    7. INFORMATIONAL NONFICTION: Directories, travel guides, how-to, self-help, reference, etc.
    8. POETRY
    9. COFFEE TABLE AND ART BOOKS
    10. DESIGN: Cover and interior are evaluated. 

    Entry Process & Information

    • Register online (link)
    • Submit your payment via online registration or send check with books
    • * Mail 4 copies of your book to IPNE
    • * E-Book - 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. 2021 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 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!

    Disclaimer

    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’sBook Awards are facilitated by a volunteer committee that is made up of IPNE members and governed by the IPNE Board of Directors.


    • 28 Apr 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://tinyurl.com/p9h93wsc
    • 24
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    "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In

    • TOPIC:  For prospective members and current members to ask any questions they have about IPNE
    • WHERE & WHEN: Wed. April 28, 7-8 PM on Zoom


    This monthly drop-in session encourages members and nonmembers to bring questions they have about IPNE.  

    This is an informal discussion open to the public. If you are new to IPNE, this is a great opportunity to meet and get to know other members, the board of directors and the president.

    An RSVP is requested but not required. Feel free to just drop in each month. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 914 9556 5434
    Passcode: 459861

    All IPNE drop-in meetings are open; membership is not required. RSVP is optional but appreciated, and is useful in the event of a change in schedule. Click here to register. Invite a friend! "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In coordinator is IPNE board member Charlotte Pierce.

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    • 19 May 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://www.ipne.org/event-4220597
    • 20
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    IPNE  Metro Boston Group Meetup

    • WHERE & WHEN: Weds. May 19, 6-7 PM on Zoom

    PLEASE NOTE: We're going to try alternating months with 3rd Wednesday sessions at noon on eventmonths, and at 6 pm on the odd months. All will be recorded and chat notes available if you miss the session.

    After a brief topic 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.

    Meeting ID: 985 4470 5628
    Passcode: 549210
    Join Zoom Meeting

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

    All IPNE regional group meetings are open; membership is not required. RSVP is optional but appreciated, and is useful in the event of a change in schedule. Invite a friend! Metro Boston Publishers coordinator is IPNE board member Charlotte Pierce.

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    • 26 May 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://tinyurl.com/eunnu5uw
    • 25
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    "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In

    • TOPIC:  For prospective members and current members to ask any questions they have about IPNE
    • WHERE & WHEN: Wed. May 26, 7-8 PM on Zoom


    This monthly drop-in session encourages members and nonmembers to bring questions they have about IPNE.  

    This is an informal discussion open to the public. If you are new to IPNE, this is a great opportunity to meet and get to know other members, the board of directors and the president.

    An RSVP is requested but not required. Feel free to just drop in each month. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 914 9556 5434
    Passcode: 459861

    All IPNE drop-in meetings are open; membership is not required. RSVP is optional but appreciated, and is useful in the event of a change in schedule. Click here to register. Invite a friend! "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In coordinator is IPNE board member Charlotte Pierce.

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    • 16 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://www.ipne.org/event-4220730
    • 20
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    IPNE  Metro Boston Group Meetup

    • Click here to pre-register (recommended but not required)
    • Click here to join: Weds. June 16, 12-1 PM

    PLEASE NOTE: We're going to try alternating months with 3rd Wednesday sessions at 12 noon on even months, and at 6 pm on odd months. All will be recorded and chat notes available if you miss the session.

    Guest expert TBA - 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 during the event, and members can use #IPNEMember hashtag on social media for chance to win books and publishing services.

    All IPNE regional group meetings are open; membership is not required. RSVP is optional but appreciated, and is useful in the event of a change in schedule. Invite a friend! Metro Boston Publishers coordinator is IPNE board member Charlotte Pierce.

    • 30 Jun 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://tinyurl.com/atvdr3fd
    • 25
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    "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In

    • TOPIC:  For prospective members and current members to ask any questions they have about IPNE
    • WHERE & WHEN: Wed. June 30, 7-8 PM on Zoom


    This monthly drop-in session encourages members and nonmembers to bring questions they have about IPNE.  

    This is an informal discussion open to the public. If you are new to IPNE, this is a great opportunity to meet and get to know other members, the board of directors and the president.

    An RSVP is requested but not required. Feel free to just drop in each month. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 914 9556 5434
    Passcode: 459861

    All IPNE drop-in meetings are open; membership is not required. RSVP is optional but appreciated, and is useful in the event of a change in schedule. Click here to register. Invite a friend! "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In coordinator is IPNE board member Charlotte Pierce.

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    • 28 Jul 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://tinyurl.com/tkmby6f8
    • 25
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    "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In

    • TOPIC:  For prospective members and current members to ask any questions they have about IPNE
    • WHERE & WHEN: Wed. July 28, 7-8 PM on Zoom


    This monthly drop-in session encourages members and nonmembers to bring questions they have about IPNE.  

    This is an informal discussion open to the public. If you are new to IPNE, this is a great opportunity to meet and get to know other members, the board of directors and the president.

    An RSVP is requested but not required. Feel free to just drop in each month. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 914 9556 5434
    Passcode: 459861

    All IPNE drop-in meetings are open; membership is not required. RSVP is optional but appreciated, and is useful in the event of a change in schedule. Click here to register. Invite a friend! "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In coordinator is IPNE board member Charlotte Pierce.

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    • 25 Aug 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://tinyurl.com/4ekpy7z2
    • 25
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    "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In

    • TOPIC:  For prospective members and current members to ask any questions they have about IPNE
    • WHERE & WHEN: Wed. August 25, 7-8 PM on Zoom


    This monthly drop-in session encourages members and nonmembers to bring questions they have about IPNE.  

    This is an informal discussion open to the public. If you are new to IPNE, this is a great opportunity to meet and get to know other members, the board of directors and the president.

    An RSVP is requested but not required. Feel free to just drop in each month. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 914 9556 5434
    Passcode: 459861

    All IPNE drop-in meetings are open; membership is not required. RSVP is optional but appreciated, and is useful in the event of a change in schedule. Click here to register. Invite a friend! "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In coordinator is IPNE board member Charlotte Pierce.

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    • 29 Sep 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://tinyurl.com/t28cb8hk
    • 25
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    "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In

    • TOPIC:  For prospective members and current members to ask any questions they have about IPNE
    • WHERE & WHEN: Wed. September 29, 7-8 PM on Zoom


    This monthly drop-in session encourages members and nonmembers to bring questions they have about IPNE.  

    This is an informal discussion open to the public. If you are new to IPNE, this is a great opportunity to meet and get to know other members, the board of directors and the president.

    An RSVP is requested but not required. Feel free to just drop in each month. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 914 9556 5434
    Passcode: 459861

    All IPNE drop-in meetings are open; membership is not required. RSVP is optional but appreciated, and is useful in the event of a change in schedule. Click here to register. Invite a friend! "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In coordinator is IPNE board member Charlotte Pierce.

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    • 27 Oct 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • https://tinyurl.com/bjhs366y
    • 25
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    "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In

    • TOPIC:  For prospective members and current members to ask any questions they have about IPNE
    • WHERE & WHEN: Wed. October 27, 7-8 PM on Zoom


    This monthly drop-in session encourages members and nonmembers to bring questions they have about IPNE.  

    This is an informal discussion open to the public. If you are new to IPNE, this is a great opportunity to meet and get to know other members, the board of directors and the president.

    An RSVP is requested but not required. Feel free to just drop in each month. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 914 9556 5434
    Passcode: 459861

    All IPNE drop-in meetings are open; membership is not required. RSVP is optional but appreciated, and is useful in the event of a change in schedule. Click here to register. Invite a friend! "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In coordinator is IPNE board member Charlotte Pierce.

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    • 24 Nov 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • https://tinyurl.com/478tkezv
    • 25
    Register

    "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In

    • TOPIC:  For prospective members and current members to ask any questions they have about IPNE
    • WHERE & WHEN: Wed. November 24, 7-8 PM on Zoom


    This monthly drop-in session encourages members and nonmembers to bring questions they have about IPNE.  

    This is an informal discussion open to the public. If you are new to IPNE, this is a great opportunity to meet and get to know other members, the board of directors and the president.

    An RSVP is requested but not required. Feel free to just drop in each month. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 914 9556 5434
    Passcode: 459861

    All IPNE drop-in meetings are open; membership is not required. RSVP is optional but appreciated, and is useful in the event of a change in schedule. Click here to register. Invite a friend! "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In coordinator is IPNE board member Charlotte Pierce.

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    • 29 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • https://tinyurl.com/pa33t2y3
    • 25
    Register

    "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In

    • TOPIC:  For prospective members and current members to ask any questions they have about IPNE
    • WHERE & WHEN: Wed. December 29, 7-8 PM on Zoom


    This monthly drop-in session encourages members and nonmembers to bring questions they have about IPNE.  

    This is an informal discussion open to the public. If you are new to IPNE, this is a great opportunity to meet and get to know other members, the board of directors and the president.

    An RSVP is requested but not required. Feel free to just drop in each month. 

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 914 9556 5434
    Passcode: 459861

    All IPNE drop-in meetings are open; membership is not required. RSVP is optional but appreciated, and is useful in the event of a change in schedule. Click here to register. Invite a friend! "Ask the President" Monthly Drop-In coordinator is IPNE board member Charlotte Pierce.

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