Self-publishing Awards

Once again, self-published books are in the spotlight! This time around, Writer’s Digest is sponsoring its annual Self-Published Book Awards. A heads up: The early-bird submission deadline is April 1, 2021. Here are the details:

One Grand Prize winner will receive:

  • $8,000 in cash
  • A feature article in the March/April 2022 issue of Writer’s Digest
  • A paid trip to the Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

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:

  • Be featured on the Writer’s Digest website
  • A digital award seal signifying their award

Honorable Mention Winners will be featured on

All entrants will receive a brief commentary from a contest judge


  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Genre Fiction
  • Nonfiction/Reference (General Nonfiction, Guidebooks, Textbooks, How-To, etc.)
  • Inspirational
  • Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
  • Early Readers/Children’s Picture books
  • Middle-Grade/Young Adult
  • Poetry

How to Enter

  • The competition is open to all English-language self-published books for which the authors have paid the full cost of publication, or the cost of printing has been paid for by a grant or as part of a prize.
  • Entrants must send a printed and bound book. PDFs and proofs will not be accepted.
  • Entries will be evaluated on content, writing quality and overall quality of production and appearance. No handwritten books are accepted.
  • All books published or revised and reprinted between 2014 and 2019 are eligible.

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If you have one or more self-published books you’re proud of and want to give more exposure to, why not throw your hat in the ring? Write on!

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