20th Annual Self-Published Book Awards-Winners

Author:
Publish date:

Each year Writer’s Digest hosts the Annual Self-Published Book Awards. This self-published competition spotlights today’s self-published works and honors self-published authors. Please join us in congratulating the winners of our 20th annual competition which had a 2012 entry deadline.

Grand Prize

Life Stories
"Looking Up: A Memoir of Sisters, Survivors and Skokie"
Linda Pressman
http://barmitzvahzilla.blogspot.com

Check out the interview with our winner

Children's Picture books

First Place
"Wisdom, the Midway Albatross: Surviving the Japanese Tsunami and other Disasters for Over 60 Years"
Darcy Pattison and Kitty Harvill
http://albatross.darcypattison.com

Honorable Mention
Bunny Finds The Right Stuff
Emily Lim
www.mustardseedbook.com

Honorable Mention
Satchi And Little Star
Donna Marie Seim
amazon.com/stachi-little-star-donna-marie

Honorable Mention
Until We Meet Again
Susan Jones

Genre Fiction

First Place
Eirelan
Liam O'Shiel
amazon.com;

Honorable Mention
Butterfly KISS
Iris Kamen

Honorable Mention
Payback
John Bell
johnbellbooks.com

Honorable Mention
Polyxena
H. Allenger

Honorable Mention
Stay Tuned
Lauren Clark
www.laurenclarkbooks.com

Honorable Mention
Summer of the Suffragists
Gayle Eggen Aanensen

Honorable Mention
The Dark Horde
Brewin
amazon.com

Honorable Mention
The Long Road to Paris
Ed and Janet Howle
http://www.thelongroadtoparis.com

Honorable Mention
The Rocking Horse
Gloria Zachgo
amazon.com

Inspirational

First Place
A Beautiful Grief: Reflections on Letting Go
Cheryl Eckl
www.ABeautifulGrief.com

Honorable Mention
"Letters To My Son, Turning Loss To Legacy"
Mitch Carmody
www.heartlightstudios.net

Honorable Mention
Tapping into God: Experiencing the Spiritual Spectrum
Debbie Belmessieri
www.TappingintoGodbook.com

Honorable Mention
The Forgotten Mourners: Sibling Survivors of Suicide
John's Sister
http://www.outskirtspress.com/TheForgottenMourners/

Honorable Mention
When God Comes Near
Marcia Gaddis
site.marciagaddis.com

Life Stories

First Place
Barkers & Bones
Phil Ribera
amazon.com

Honorable Mention
A Thousand Letters Home
Teresa K. Irish
www.athousandlettershome.com

Honorable Mention
Inside the Dementia Epidemic: A Daughter's Memoir
Martha Stettinius
www.insidedementia.com

Honorable Mention
Salt In Our Blood: The Memoir of a Fisherman's Wife
Michele Longo Eder
www.saltinourblood.com

Mainstream/Literary Fiction

First Place
The Last of the Pascagoula
Rebecca Meredith
www.thelastofthepascagoula.com

Honorable Mention
Father Tierney Stumbles
John Shekleton
www.johnshekletonauthor.com

Honorable Mention
hallucination
Kim Green
www.hallucinationthenovel.com

Honorable Mention
In Sparta
Mark Wagstaff
www.markwagstaff.com

Honorable Mention
One Hundred Years of Marriage
Louise Farmer Smith
amazon.com

Honorable Mention
Shadow on the Wall (The SandStorm Chronicles #1)
Pavarti K Tyler
www.fightingmonkeypress.com

Honorable Mention
The Complex: A Coming-of-Age Story
Scott Evans

Honorable Mention
The Last Paradise
Michael Kasenow
michaelkasenow.com

Honorable Mention
Why Won't You Talk To Me? Selected Stories
Richard Duggin

Middle-Grade/Young Adult books

First Place
Farsighted
Emlyn Chand
www.emlynchand.com

Honorable Mention
Address Unknown
Charles Warren
amazon.com

Honorable Mention
Dispensing Justice
Fritz Freiheit
http://DispensingJustice.com

Nonfiction

First Place
The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook
Georgeanne Brennan and Ann M. Evans
www.davisfarmersmarketcookbook.com

Honorable Mention
Coming Home
Deborah Duda
deborahduda.com

Honorable Mention
The Goldsboro Broken Arrow
Joel Dobson
TheGoldsboroBrokenArrow

Honorable Mention
Unvanquished: Joseph Pilsudski, Resurrected Poland, and the Struggle for Eastern Europe
Peter Hetherington
www.JosephPilsudski.com

Poetry

First Place
After Beauty
Yvonne Postelle

Honorable Mention
Life Power Soul
Junious Ward
www.jwardpoetry.com

Honorable Mention
Streetlight Sonata
J.R. Simons
lulu.com

Reference Books

First Place
Colorado Adventure Guide: Northern Edition
Charlie Nuttelman
www.jaggedmountainpublishing.com

Honorable Mention
InvestiDate: How to Investigate Your Date
Maria Coder
http://www.InvestiDateYourDate.com

Entrants

Children's Picture books
Genre Fiction
Inspirational
Life Stories
Mainstream/Literary Fiction
Middle-Grade/Young Adult books
Nonfiction
Poetry
Reference Books

Enter our next Self-Published Book Awards

GettyImages-119430542

Your Story #112

Write the opening line to a story based on the photo prompt below. (One sentence only.) You can be poignant, funny, witty, etc.; it is, after all, your story.

Self-Published Ebook Awards

Announcing the 8th Annual Self-Published E-book Awards Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 8th Annual Self-Published E-book Awards! Discover the titles that placed in the categories of contemporary fiction, fantasy, memoir, mystery, and more.

Greg Russo: On Writing a Film Based on a Video Game

Greg Russo: On Writing a Screenplay Based on a Video Game

Professional screenwriter Greg Russo discusses the joy and challenge of converting a popular video games series into a screenplay and the balance of enticing a new audience while honoring a franchise's fans.

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 16

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a city poem.

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Under the Influence

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Under the Influence

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, let a character fall under the influence of something or someone.

WD-PersonalEssay-2020-WinnerGraphic

Suspended: Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards Winner

Congratulations to J.E. Stamper, grand prize winner of the Writer's Digest Personal Essay Awards. Here's his winning essay, "Suspended."

Planting Clues: Red Herrings That Fool but Don't Frustrate Your Readers

Planting Clues: Red Herrings That Fool but Don't Frustrate Your Readers

Want to know how to keep your readers engaged and entertained with your mystery novel? Let these six tips from thriller author Kris Calvin guide you!

April PAD Challenge

2021 April PAD Challenge: Day 15

Write a poem every day of April with the 2021 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today's prompt, write a blank story poem.

Kristin Beck: On Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

Kristin Beck: On Writing Quickly and Publishing Slowly

Debut novelist Kristin Beck shares what it was like to write her historical fiction novel Courage, My Love and why she was so thankful for a slow publishing process.