CLOSED. 30th Annual Awards Opening November 2021.
Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer or a self-starting student, here’s your chance to enter the premier self-published competition exclusively for self-published books. Writer’s Digest hosts the 29th annual self-published competition—the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors.
One Grand Prize winner will receive:
- $8,000 in cash
- A feature article about you and your book for the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest
- A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot
One First Prize winner in each category will receive:
- $1,000 in cash
- Promotion in the March/April 2022 issue of Writer's Digest
All Grand Prize and First Prize winners will receive:
- A feature on the Writer’s Digest website
- A digital award seal for use in promoting your win
Honorable Mention Winners will receive promotion on www.writersdigest.com and a digital seal for use in promoting your win.
All entrants will receive a brief commentary from one of the judges.
- Mainstream/Literary Fiction
- Genre Fiction
- Nonfiction/Reference (General Nonfiction, Cookbooks, Guidebooks, Textbooks, How-To, etc.)
- Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
- Early Readers/Children’s Picture books
- Middle-Grade/Young Adult
ENTERING IS EASY!
Create your free Submittable account by clicking the SUBMIT button. If you already have a Submittable account, simply log in!
*NEW* You can now compete in multiple WD competitions with a single login! Check back often for an updated list of competitions.
When you are ready to submit your work to the WD Self-Published Book Awards, you’ll want to have the following information available:
Your contact information (be careful that the information provided is accurate). Time sensitive information such as credits and contact information (for prize distribution) is taken directly from the submission form. Due to the nature of deadlines, corrections to this information are not guaranteed.
Your SELF-PUBLISHED BOOK AWARDS COMPETITION submission information (see the PREPARING YOUR ENTRY tips for more information).
Your method of payment (see the ENTRY PRICING, SUBMISSION DEADLINES AND WINNER NOTIFICATION page for tips for all pricing and deadlines).
Ready to enter? Click on the link below to get started!
- Preparing Your Entry
- Pricing and Deadlines
- Judging and Notification
- Official Writing Competition Rules
- Writer's Digest Competitions
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