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An Overview of Awards for Independent Authors—Fall 2012

October 29, 2012

You’ve worked day and night writing, editing, promoting, and selling your book—isn’t it about time you received a little recognition? We think so! That’s why we’ve gathered some of the best upcoming industry awards for independent authors here on the Big Bad Book Blog.

 

Awards are a great way to gain recognition and visibility, and they just might boost sales and confidence, too. Best of luck! And remember: It’s never too early to start reorganizing the mantel to make room for your many imminent awards.

 

A Room of Her Own Award 

Deadline: November 1

Genres: Poetry, Playwrighting, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction

The $50,000 A Room of Her Own Award is the largest award available for women writers. The award’s generous prize is intended to allow women writers to restructure their lives over the two-year award period in order to finish a book-length manuscript.

 

Best Fiction for Young Adults Award 

Deadline: November 1

Genre: YA Fiction

This award, governed by the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), was created in the 1930s and has been awarded annually ever since. The award recognizes outstanding books for readers between the ages of 12 and 18 and is used by librarians and library workers as a resource for collection development (read: sales for you!) and reader’s advisory purposes. The YALSA sponsors a number of great awards with fall deadlines, such as the Margaret A. Edwards Award; explore them on their website by clicking the link above.

 

The Bancroft Prizes 

Deadline: November 1

Genre: American History (including Biographies) and Diplomacy

The Bancroft Prizes are awarded by Columbia University to writers of American history and diplomacy. American history may refer to North, Central, or South America. Volumes of papers, letters, or speeches of authors are not eligible, but biographies are permissible.

 

North American Travel Journalists Association Award 

Deadline: November 15

Genre: Print and digital journalism

The NATJA Awards are in their 21st year of recognizing both the print and digital work of professional travel journalists. Not exactly a book award, but if you write in this genre on a regular basis, the award could bring attention to your body of work  and consequently your book.

 

Coretta Scott King Awards 

Deadline: December 1

Genre: Children’s and YA books that demonstrate an appreciation for African American culture

The Coretta Scott King Award is a prestigious award sponsored by the American Library Association; it was founded in 1969 to commemorate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta Scott King. The Awards are given annually to both authors and illustrators.

 

The W.Y. Boyd Literary Award

Deadline: December 1

Genre: Military Fiction

Also sponsored by the ALA, the W.Y. Boyd Literary Award recognizes fiction whose plot is set during an American wartime. The award consists of a $5,000 prize and 24-k certificate.

 

Golden Kite Awards

Deadline: December 3 

Genre: Children’s Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Book Text, and Picture Book Illustration

Presented by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, the Golden Kite Awards recognize excellent authors and illustrators in children’s literature; it is the only award judged by a jury of fellow children’s authors and illustrators. The $2,500 cash prize is given to four winners and an additional four books are honored as well.

 

California Book Awards 

Deadline: December 14

Genre: Several, see site for more details

California residents are eligible for the California Book Awards held by the Commonwealth Club of CA. Six to eight gold medals are awarded in genres as varied as fiction, nonfiction, poetry, children’s, and California-based theme. Remember, local buzz can lead to a national readership.

 

 

John W. Campbell Memorial Award 

Deadline: Fall Season

Genre: Science Fiction

The John W. Campbell Memorial Award is a major award for science fiction writers based at the University of Kansas. The winners are selected by a prestigious, small committee; nominations come from science fiction publishers and individual jurors.


There are a slew of awards out there, so if you know of any prestigious independent book awards with fall deadlines that we’ve missed, let us know in the comments! 

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September 7, 2012

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We at Greenleaf Book Group would like to take a moment to congratulate our authors who have books coming out this September.

 

The Enchanted Truth by Kym Petrie

Act Three by Julie Shifman

Messenger by Mary Fisher

A Beach Less Traveled by John Berglund

A Matter of Importance by Gordon Zuckerman

Simple Skincare, Beautiful Skin by Ahmed Abdullah

The Serpent’s Bite by Warren Adler

Transformational Executive Coaching by Ted M. Middelberg

Being Visual by Bette Fetter

 

The Power of Oneness (New Edition) by Sandra Brossman

Webs of Fate (Paperback) by Darlene Quinn

 

Well done! All your hard work and dedication has paid off, and we’re honored to be partners in your latest and greatest work.

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August 2, 2012
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We at Greenleaf Book Group would like to take a moment to congratulate our authors who have books coming out this August.

 

Turn the Ship Around! by L. David Marquet

Unlocking Your Brilliance by Karen D. Purcell

Running the Edge by Adam Goucher & Tim Catalano

Widow’s Might by Sandra Brannan

The Offering by Desirée Bombenon

Junior by Ray Donley

Life Ki-do Parenting by Jonathan & Lana Hewitt

Centerline by Dave McIntyre

Fearless Women by Mary Ann Halpin


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June 1, 2012

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We at Greenleaf Book Group would like to take a moment to congratulate our authors who have books coming out this June.

 

Simplify Everything by Steve Epner

Fire Your Sales Team Today by Mike Lieberman & Eric Keiles

Cancer on the Brain by Jay Lefevers

Thanks for My Journey by Dr. Erica Miller

Advanced Petrophysics, Vol. 1, 2, 3 by Ekwere J. Peters

Exiled by J.R. Wagner

Sweet Relief From The Everyday Narcissist by Melissa Schenker and Tina Moody

 

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May 1, 2012

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Do It Well. Make It Fun. by Ronald Culberson

Hear Your Life by Melissa Rodriguez

The Questions and Answers on Disability Insurance Workbook by Tony Steuer

This Land of Strangers by Robert Hall

Straight Talk About Crooked Teeth by Dr. Kent Lauson

Leading With Honor by Lee Ellis

Sweet Relief From The Everyday Narcissist by Melissa Schenker and Tina Moody

 

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April 2, 2012

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We at Greenleaf Book Group would like to take a moment to congratulate our authors who have books coming out this April.

 

America’s Soul In the Balance by Gregory J. Wallance

Professional Presence by Peggy Noe Stevens

Worth Every Penny by Sarah Petty & Erin Verbeck

Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine

The God Box by Mary Lou Quinlan

Word of Mouth Marketing by Andy Sernovitz

Sandler Success Principles by David Mattson and Bruce Seidman

Dancing With the Boss by Clare Gutierrez

The Questions and Answers on Disability Insurance Workbook  by Tony Steuer

Sweet Relief From The Everyday Narcissist by Melissa Schenker and Tina Moody

 

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March 1, 2012

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We at Greenleaf Book Group would like to take a moment to congratulate our authors who have books coming out this March.

 

Seeing the Big Picture by Kevin Cope

For Better or For Work by Meg Cadoux Hirshberg

Six Tires, No Plan by Michael Rosenbaum

Sell or Be Sold by Grant Cardone

Anatolian Days and Nights by Joy E. Stocke & Angie Brenner

Born, Not Raised by Susan Madden Lankford

Highlighting Homeschooling by Bethany Gardiner

Hanging by a Thread by Craig Odanovich

 

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February 1, 2012

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We at Greenleaf Book Group would like to take a moment to congratulate our authors who have books coming out this February.

 

The Instant Survivor by Jim Moorhead

Distant Water by Bruce Gray

Helius Legacy by S. Alexander O’Keefe

 

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January 3, 2012

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We at Greenleaf Book Group would like to take a moment to congratulate our authors who have books coming out this January.

 

Reviving Work Ethic by Eric Chester

Savannah: Brokers, Bankers, and Bay Lane by Barry Sheehy

Fables of Fortune by Richard Watts

Naughty New York by Heather Stimmler-Hall

The Championship Formula by Jack Stark

StoryBranding by Jim Signorelli

The Big Retirement Risk by Erin Botsford

You Should Only Have to Get Rich Once by Russel E. Holcombe

Strategy for You by Rich Horwath

Walking with Justice by Mollie Marti

Difference Works by Caroline Turner

Maddie Bradshaw’s You Can Start a Business, Too! by Maddie Bradshaw

The 4 Essentials of Entrepreneurial Thinking by Cliff Michaels

The New Broadcasting Realities by Ken Lindner

 

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