Self-Published Ebook Awards

Deadline: September 3, 2019

Writer’s Digest’s 6th Annual Self-Published Ebook Awards honors the best self-published ebook(s) in eight of the most popular categories with $5,000 in cash, a featured interview in Writer’s Digest magazine, and a paid trip to the ever-popular Writer’s Digest Annual Conference in New York City.

In addition to $13,000 in total cash prizes, all entrants will receive a brief commentary on their work from one of Writer’s Digest’s judges.

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Categories

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Romance
  • Fantasy
  • Science Fiction
  • Mystery/Thriller
  • Memoir
  • Young Adult
  • Nonfiction (General, Cookbooks, Reference, Guidebooks, Textbooks)

If you’re ready to take the next step in your self-publishing journey, submit your self-published ebook(s) today.

Prizes
One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • $5,000 in cash
  • Featured interview in the May/June 2020 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • Winning book excerpted on writersdigest.com
  • A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, including a coveted Pitch Slam slot
  • $200 gift certificate to Writer’s Digest Shop
  • One year Subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine

One First Prize winner in each category will receive:

  • $1,000 in cash
  • Announcement in Writer’s Digest’s May/June issue
  • $100 gift certificate to Writer’s Digest Shop
  • One year Subscription (new or renewal) to Writer’s Digest magazine

Honorable Mention Winners will receive $50 gift certificate to Writer’s Digest Shop and an announcement on writersdigest.com.

CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS

  • Contemporary Fiction: A work of fiction set in modern times with themes and/or subject matter that reflects this specific moment.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions; Novellas and Epics are all welcomed.
  • Romance: Historical or contemporary, paranormal or suspenseful, chaste or sexy, no matter the path you take, don’t forget to deliver a satisfying happy ending.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions; Novellas and Epics are all welcomed.
  • Fantasy: High or urban, historical or alternate histories, introduce us to new worlds and fantastic ideas that exceed the boundaries of our own reality.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions; Novellas and Epics are all welcomed.
  • Science Fiction: Space opera or hard science, cyberpunk or steampunk, introduce us to new worlds, alternate histories, or fantastic ideas that push the boundaries of our own reality.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions; Novellas and Epics are all welcomed.
  • Mystery/Thriller: From the classic whodunits and police procedurals to high stakes conflicts with ever-increasing tension, hook us from the start and keep us guessing until the end.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions; Novellas and Epics are all welcomed.
  • Young Adult: Your preferred genre(s), but written specifically for readers age 12-18.
    Typical length: 30,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions; Novellas and Epics are all welcomed.
  • Memoir: A work of autobiographical nonfiction focused on a specific snapshot of the writer’s experiences, tied together by an overarching theme.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions.
  • Nonfiction: Journalists and subject-matter experts will find a home for their work in this category, which consists primarily of research-based works, as well as cookbooks, how-to/reference, self-help, business, etc.
    Typical length: 40,000 to 100,000 words. There are no limits for submissions.

 



ELIGIBILITY

  • The competition is open to self-published authors of English-language ebooks which were published (or revised and republished) electronically between 2014 and 2019. (Writer’s Digest may demand proof of eligibility of semifinalists.) Authors who subvent publication of their ebooks via independent publishers who publish fewer than 12 ebooks/year are also eligible. Authors who have published in print via a traditional publisher but retained their ebook rights and self-published or subvented publication via independent publishers who publish fewer than 12 ebooks/year are also eligible.
  • Entries will be evaluated on craft, category relevance, and overall quality of production, including cover image.



How to Enter

  • You must register and submit your ebook online.
  • You may enter more than one ebook and/or more than one category/ebook, 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.Due to U.S. Government restrictions we are unable to accept entries from Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea..
  • For more information visit our Preparing Your Entry Page or our FAQ page.

 

 


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8 thoughts on “Self-Published Ebook Awards

  1. Avatarannapaulsen

    Hello. I am interested in submitting my ebook for the ebook self-published competition. When will the link be accessible to upload the ebook? It says June 2019? Thank you.

    1. AvatarDwight Dixon

      Although you say the deadline has been extended for ebooks, when I try to enter the competition there is a line through the blue entry button and when I click on it nothing happens.

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