Announcing the Winners of the 28th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards

Congratulations to all the winners of the 28th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards!
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Congratulations to all the winners of the 28th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards! Read an interview with the Grand Prize-winning co-authors Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao here.

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The Winners

Grand Prize

Remembering Shanghai by Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao

Remembering Shanghai by Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao

Remembering Shanghai by Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao. Plum Book. RememberingShanghai.com

Mainstream/Literary Fiction

First Place

On the Shoulders of Giants by Malcolm Ivey

On the Shoulders of Giants by Malcolm Ivey

On the Shoulders of Giants by Malcolm Ivey. MalcolmIvey.com

Honorable Mentions

East of Lincoln by Harlin Hailey. HarlinHailey.com

Forgive Us Our Trespasses by Susanne O’Connor.

How to Grow a Stripper by Morgan Dax. Introvert Publishing.

Land’s End by Sean Conway. Frog Pond Press. Sean-Conway.com

Sunflowers Under Fire by Diana Stevan. Island House Publishing. DianaStevan.com

Vinnie: A Love Letter by R. Preston Clark. RPrestonClark.com

Where Daffodils Bloom by Leya Delray.

Written: There Are No Choices. It Was Already Written. by Dhipa Lee. DALee.co.uk

Genre Fiction

First Place

In the Red by Dina Santorelli

In the Red by Dina Santorelli

In the Red by Dina Santorelli.

Honorable Mentions

A Savage Trick by Sarah Andre. SarahAndre.com

Bakersfield Boys Club by Anne Da Vigo. Quill Driver Press. AnneDaVigoAuthor.com

Dinner With the Hawthornes by Cherie Fruehan. Essential RockStar, LLC. CherieFruehan.com

In the Midst of Wolves by Keith Remer. Honey Lee Press. KeithRemer.com

Love Until It Hurts by Fiona Blakemore.

Murder on the Horizon by M.L. Rowland. MLRowland.com

The Circle by Stephen Galgon. MJE Publishing. MJEPublishing.com

The Lunchbox by Jack Croughwell.

The Nothing Within by Andy Giesler. Humble Quill. TheNothingWithin.com

The Orion Chronicles: Book I—The God Stones by R.L. Keck. RLKeck.com

Life Stories

First Place

Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days by Andrea Wilson Woods

Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days by Andrea Wilson Woods

Better Off Bald: A Life in 147 Days by Andrea Wilson Woods. Geni.us/betteroffbald

Honorable Mentions

Nobody Told Me Love in the Time of Dementia by S.R. Karfelt. Amber Horn. SRKarfelt.com

Searching for Mom: A Memoir by Sara Easterly. Heart Voices. SaraEasterly.com

Sneakin’ Deacon by Greg Gitschier. ButlerBooks.com

Somewheres in the Middle by Frank Gordon. Aesop Online Publishing, LLC.

The Third Person in the Room: Stories of Relationships at a Turning Point by Bea Larson. Nolan Kerr Press. NolanKerr.com

Poetry

First Place

Collaborations by Greg Masters. Crony Book

Collaborations by Greg Masters. Crony Book

Collaborations by Greg Masters. Crony Books. CronyBooks.net

Honorable Mentions

Can I Tell You Something? by Karl Kristian Flores. KarlKristianFlores.com

Moon Chaser: Running From the Sun by Brooke Lynn Knight. unknowinglee, LLC.

Middle Grade/Young Adult Books

First Place

Wilderness Therapy by Paul Cumbo. One Lane Bridge Publications

Wilderness Therapy by Paul Cumbo. One Lane Bridge Publications

Wilderness Therapy by Paul Cumbo. One Lane Bridge Publications. PaulCumbo.com

Honorable Mentions

Kartega by A.N. Sage. Cauldron Press. ANSage.ca

The Means That Make Us Strangers by Christine Kindberg. Bellflower Press. ChristineKindberg.com

Early Readers/Children’s Picture Books

First Place

The Climbing Tree by Barbara Leary

The Climbing Tree by Barbara Leary

The Climbing Tree by Barbara Leary. Coquina Press. CoquinaKids.com

Honorable Mentions

A-B-Skis: An Alphabet Book About the Magical World of Skiing by Libby Ludlow. Libby Ludlow, LLC. ABSkis.com

Fairies Don’t Exist by Michael O’Neill. Armchair & Rocket. FairiesDontExist.com

Marigold and the Snoring King by J.D. Rempel. Halo Publishing International. JDRempel.com

The Adventures of Opie the Opossum by Robert D. Gordon. Mascot Books.

Nonfiction/Reference

First Place

Five Months on the Missouri River: Paddling a Dugout Canoe by Thomas Elpel

Five Months on the Missouri River: Paddling a Dugout Canoe by Thomas Elpel

Five Months on the Missouri River: Paddling a Dugout Canoe by Thomas Elpel. HOPS Press, LLC. HOPSPress.com

Honorable Mentions

Crash Course by Julie Whipple.

The Workingman’s Game by William H. Brewster. Luminare Press. WilliamHBrewster.com

WWI Crusaders by Jeffrey B. Miller. Milbrown Press. WWICrusaders.com

Inspirational

First Place

Miracle on 31st Street: Christmas Cheer Every Day of the Year—Grinch to Gratitude in 26 Days by Susan Sparks

Miracle on 31st Street: Christmas Cheer Every Day of the Year—Grinch to Gratitude in 26 Days by Susan Sparks

Miracle on 31st Street: Christmas Cheer Every Day of the Year—Grinch to Gratitude in 26 Days by Susan Sparks. SusanSparks.com

Honorable Mentions

A Letter to a Friend: The Story of Abuse in America by Patty Wain Smith. New Words Publishing, LLC. PattyWainSmith.com

The Butterfly Series: 52 Weeks of Inquiries for Transformation by Maria Ramos-Chertok. TheButterflySeries.com

The Year After by Katy Martin. 

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