Self-Published eBook Awards


Writer’s Digest hosts its 4th Annual Self-Published e-Book Awards–a competition that spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter WD’s newest competition, exclusively for self-published e-books.

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One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • $5,000 in cash
  • A feature article about you and your book for the May/June 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • Winner’s name on the cover of Writer’s Digest magazine (subscriber issues)
  • A paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Conference!
  • 30-minute platform & marketing consultation with Chuck Sambuchino, author of Create Your Writer Platform
  • $200 worth of Writer’s Digest books
  • One year Subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine

One First Prize winner in each category will receive:

  • $1,000 in cash
  • Promotion in the May/June 2017 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • $100 worth of Writer’s Digest books
  • One year Subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine

Honorable Mention Winners will receive $50 worth of Writer’s Digest Books and promotion on

All entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges. NEW! All entrants will also receive free access to a special 60-minute live webinar (a $79 value). The webinar, 10 Ways to Find an Audience For Your eBook by Dan Blank*, will be on October 4.


  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction (Includes all sub-genres such as Romance, Horror, Science Fiction, Humor, etc.)
  • Nonfiction (General, Cookbooks, Reference, Guidebooks, Textbooks)
  • Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age)
  • Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
  • Children’s Picture books
  • Middle-Grade/Young Adult
  • Poetry

How to Enter

  • You must register and submit your ebook online. You may enter more than one book and/or more than one category; however, you must submit each book separately and pay the additional fee for each entry. We accept check, money order or credit card payment for the required judging fee. All checks will be cashed within 60 days of the competition final deadline. Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • The competition is open to all English-language self-published ebooks for which the authors have paid the full cost of publication, or the cost has been paid for by a grant or as part of a prize. Entries will be evaluated on content, writing quality and overall quality of production and appearance. All ebooks published or revised and republished between 2011 and 2016 are eligible. (Writer’s Digest may demand proof of eligibility of semifinalists.)
  • Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Sudan.
  • For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.

Webinar Information
10 Ways to Find an Audience For Your eBook
Dan Blank shares the list of 10 must-do actions that every author must take to understand who their audience is, and how to effectively reach them. These are the actions he works on with his clients, which focuses on meaningful relationships with readers, not spammy self-promotion. He provides clear actions for you to take immediately.

Dan Blank is the founder of WeGrowMedia, where he helps writers & creative professionals share their stories and grow their audience. He has worked with hundreds of individuals, and amazing organizations who support creative people such as Random House, Hachette Book Group, Sesame Workshop, Workman Publishing, J. Walter Thompson, Abrams Books, Writers House, The Kenyon Review, Writer’s Digest, Library Journal, and many others.
Dan’s work has been featured by Poet’s & Writers magazine, the National Endowment for the Arts, Professional Artist magazine, and 99u.
You can find Dan on his blog at or on Twitter at @DanBlank.

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6 thoughts on “Self-Published eBook Awards

    1. Tara Johnson Post author

      This competition will open at the end of May. The ENTER and MANAGE buttons will be activated at that time. Thanks.

  1. lidywilks

    For the poetry category, what is the length for the book? Can you submit it a chapbook of up to 20 poems? Or must it be a full length poetry collection of 48 and more poems?

    1. Tara Johnson Post author

      Hello. We do not have any restrictions on the book length. You may submit a chapbook.

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