21st Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards Winners

Publish date:

Writer’s Digest would like to congratulate the winners of the 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards!

Zero Chance of Passage: The Pioneering Charter School Story
by Ember Reichgott Junge ($20). Beaver’s Pond Press and Charter Schools Development Corporation. Email: ember@visi.com. Web: zerochanceofpassage.com.

First Place:
Gertrude’s Green Hat
by Alex J. Stokas and Christina Siravo (Illustrator) ($9.95). Wordlighter Press. Email: wordlighter@hotmail.com. Web: alexjstokas.com.

Honorable Mentions:
The Potato Chip Champ: Discovering Why Kindness Coutns
by Maria Dismondy and Dawn Beacon (Illustrator) ($10.95). Maria Dismondy, Inc. Email: info@mariadismondy.com. Web: mariadismondy.com.

The Adventures of Red Feather: Wild Horse of Corolla
by Linda Whittington Hurst and Erin E.I. Casteel (Illustrator) ($15.95). Wild Pony Press. Email: linda@lindawhurst.com. Web: lindawhittingtonhurst.net.

Rainbow the Funky Chicken
by Marna Irby and Fran Sanderlin (Illustrator) ($14.95). Mascot Books.

First Place:
Sapphire Trails
by Marilyn Jax ($26). Beaver’s Pond Press. Email: info@marilynjax.com. Web: marilynjax.com.

Honorable Mentions:
Lily of the Springs
by Carole Bellacera ($16.99). CreateSpace. Web: carolebellacera.com.

Rest Her Soul, a James Buckner novel
by Christopher C. Gibbs ($16.95). iUniverse.

Dreamer’s Island
by Gretchen Hummel ($21.95). iUniverse. Web: gretchenhummel.com.

Murder in One Take
by April Kelly and Marsha Lyons ($12.95). Flight Risk Books. Email: flightriskbooks@gmail.com. Web: flightriskbooks.com.

by Dave McIntyre ($15.95). Narrative. Email: narrativeLLC@aol.com. Web: centerlinethebook.com.

Great News Town
by Sue Merrell ($17.95). Lulu. Web: suemerrellbooks.com.

Kiss Me Awake
by Julie Momyer ($13.99). Goody 2 Shoes Publications. Email: momyer@live.com. Web: juliemomyer.com.

Baby Grand
by Dina Santorelli ($13.95). Stonesong. Email: dina@dinasantorelli.com. Web: dinasantorelli.com.

First Place:
Wildflowers in the Median: A Restorative Journey into Healing, Justice, and Joy
by Agnes Furey and Leonard Scovens ($12.95). iUniverse. Email: agnesfurey@gmail.com. Web: wildflowersinthemedian.com.

Honorable Mentions:
Eaten by the Tiger: Surrendering to an Empowered Life
by Emile Allen, M.D. ($21.99). Inspire on Purpose. Web: eatenbythetiger.com.

Lily: A Gray Whale’s Odyssey
by “Capt. Dave” Anderson ($45). Lucid Dreamer Productions. Email: captdave@cox.net. Web: talesfromthepod.com.

Pope Annalisa
by Peter Canova ($26.95). Trimountaine Publishing. Web: popeannalisa.com.

Lessons From a Pair of Old Gloves 
by Scott Franko ($20). Scott Franko Design and Publishing. Email: scott@frankodesign.com. Web: frankodesign.com.

First Place:
Border Crossings: Coming of Age in the Czech Resistance
by Charles Novacek ($18). 1021 Press. Email: sn@charlesnovacekbooks.com. Web: charlesnovacekbooks.com.

Honorable Mentions:
Forever Exposed: The Nikki Catsouras Story
by Lesli Catsouras ($14.95). Dog Ear Publishing. Email: info@foreverexposed.com. Web: foreverexposed.com.

North of Hollywood
by Rick Lenz ($23.95). Chromodroid Press. Email: ricknlinda@roadrunner.com. Web: ricklenzauthor.com

Love at the Speed of Email
by Lisa McKay ($12.95). Karinya Publishing. Email: lisamckaywriting@gmail.com. Web: lisamckaywriting.com.

My Extraordinary Life
by Monica Sucha Vickers ($19.99). Xlibris. Web: monicasuchavickers.com.

First Place:
You Are Here
by Chris Delyani ($19.95). iUniverse. Email: cdelyani@gmail.com. Web: chrisdelyani.com.

Honorable Mentions:
The Debt of Tamar
by Nicole Dweck ($14.99). Devon House Press. Web: nicoledweck.com.

The Last English Village
by James Ignizio ($11.99). CreateSpace. Web: lastenglishvillage.com.

Warming Up
by Mary Hutchings Reed ($16.95). She Writes Press. Web: maryhutchingsreed.com.

Tragedy and Triumph
by Kathrin Rudland ($16.95). iUniverse.

The Hobbyist
by Darryl Shelly ($13.99). Bexley Press. Email: info@bexleypress.com. Web: darrylshelly.com.

Nikolai Returns
by Michael G. Tanner ($10.99). Telemachus Press. Web: michaeltannerbooks.com.

Imperfect Pairings
by Jackie Townsend ($11.99). Ripetta Press. Email: info@ripettapress.com. Web: jackietownsend.com.

The Prescribed Burn: A Collection of Stories
by Laryssa Wirstiuk ($17.95). Painted Egg Press. Email: laryssa@theprescribedburn.com. Web: theprescribedburn.com.

First Place:
There Are No Buffalo in Buffalo
by Sally Valentine and Suzanne Valentine (Illustrator) ($14.95). Pyramid Publishing. Email: RochesterAuthor@hotmail.com Web: rochesterauthor.com.

Honorable Mentions:
Arrow of the Mist
by Christina Mercer ($10.99). Christina Mercer. Web: christinamercer.com.

Song of the Summer King
by Jess E. Owen ($25). Five Elements Press. Email: jess@fiveelementspress.com. Web: jessowen.com.

Storm of Arranon: Fire and Ice
by R.E. Sheahan ($14.99). Rule of Three Press. Web: stormofarranon.com.

First Place:
Caroline Severance
by Virginia Elwood-Akers ($25.95). iUniverse. Email: virgoea@aol.com. Web: virginiaelwood-akers.com.

Honorable Mentions:
Rio for Partiers
by Cristiano Nogueira ($24.95). Solcat Editora Publishing. Email: cris@rioforpartiers.com. Web: rioforpartiers.com.

Taming Your Temper: A Workbook for Individuals, Couples, and Groups
by Nathaniel David Smith, MA, NCC, LPC-S ($30). Mental Health Classes LLC. Email: nathaniel@nathanielsmithcounselor.com. Web: nathanielsmithcounselor.com.

First Place:
Hopper’s Women
by Kendra Kopelke ($15). Ampersand Press. Email: kkopelke@ubalt.edu.

Honorable Mentions:
The Sail
by Greg Allum. Short Run Press. Email: greg@gregallum.co.uk. Web: gregallum.co.uk.

In This Forest of Monks
by Daniel Skach-Mills ($14.95). Daniel Skach-Mills. Email: skachmills@gmail.com.

First Place:
Afghan Proverbs Illustrated
by Edward Zellem and the Students of Maretat High School Kabul, Afghanistan (Illustrators) ($18.95). CreateSpace. Email: author@afghanproverbs.com. Web: afghansayings.com.

Honorable Mention:
Armenia and Karabakh
by Matthew Karanian (Author-Photographer) and Robert Kurkjian (Photographer) ($24.95). Stone Garden Productions. Web: armeniatravelguide.com.

For more info on this year's grand prize winner, Ember Reichgott Junge, be sure to check out the March/April 2014 issue of Writer's Digest, as well as her extended interview with us. You can also find more info on the upcoming 22nd Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards, as well as other Writer's Digest competitions.

March/April 2014 Writer's Digest
April PAD Challenge

30 Poetry Prompts for the 2021 April PAD Challenge

Find all 30 poetry prompts for the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge in this post.

The Problem of Solving a Mystery When You're the Prime Suspect

The Problem of Solving a Mystery When You're the Prime Suspect

Mia P. Manansala, author of Arsenic & Adobo, explains how writers can help their main character solve a mystery when they're the prime suspect.

Mistakes Writers Make: Not Using Your Spare 15 Minutes

Mistakes Writers Make: Not Using Your Spare 15 Minutes

The Writer's Digest team has witnessed many writing mistakes over the years, so we started this series to help identify them for other writers (along with correction strategies). This week's writing mistake writers make is not using your spare 15 minutes.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Visitor

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Unexpected Visitor

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, invite an unexpected visitor into your story.

7 Tips for Writing a Near Future Dystopian Novel

7 Tips for Writing a Near-Future Dystopian Novel

In this article, debut author Christina Sweeney-Baird explains how writers can expertly craft a near-future dystopian novel.

Pam Jenoff: On Writing About Isolation While Isolated

Pam Jenoff: On Writing About Isolation While Isolated

Bestselling author Pam Jenoff shares how she explored themes of isolation in her latest novel, The Woman with the Blue Star, while writing during the 2020 pandemic lockdown.

8 Ways to Add Suspense to your Novel

8 Ways to Add Suspense to Your Novel

Authors Mark and Connor Sullivan are no strangers to utilizing suspense in their novels. Here, they share their top 8 tips for writers to do the same.

Lynn Painter: On Rom-Coms and Escapism

Lynn Painter: On Rom-Coms and Escapism

Author Lynn Painter discusses the strengths of the romantic comedy genre and how she utilized them in her novel Better than the Movies.

On Mining Humor From Family Dynamics in Your Writing

On Mining Humor From Family Dynamics in Your Writing

Humor often stems from things that are not humorous. Can you mine your family's dynamics for inspiration? Author Jesse Q. Sutanto believes you can, and gives you her top 3 tips for doing so.