IPPY AWARD CATEGORIES

Independent Publisher Book Awards are awarded each year in general, regional, and e-book categories.

All entries, regardless of categories chosen, are automatically considered for special "Outstanding" medals - view last year's Outstanding medalists here

GENERAL CATEGORIES

  1. Fine Art
  2. Performing Arts (Music/Dance/Cinema/Theater)
  3. Photography
  4. Architecture
  5. Coffee Table Books
  6. Popular Fiction
  7. Literary Fiction
  8. Short Story Fiction
  9. Poetry - Standard
  10. Poetry - Specialty
  11. Anthologies
  12. Juvenile Fiction
  13. Young Adult Fiction
  14. Fantasy
  15. Science Fiction
  16. LGBT+ Fiction
  17. Erotica
  18. Historical Fiction
  19. Military/Wartime Fiction
  20. Horror
  21. Multicultural Fiction
  22. Multicultural Fiction – Juv-Young Adult
  23. Mystery/Cozy/Noir
  24. Suspense/Thriller
  25. Religious Fiction
  26. Romance
  27. Urban Fiction
  28. Visionary / New Age Fiction
  29. True Crime
  30. Graphic Novel/Drawn Book 
  31. Humor
  32. Children's Picture Books ( 7 & Under)
  33. Children's Picture Books (All ages)
  34. Children's Interactive
  35. Juvenile-Young Adult Non-Fiction
  36. Multicultural N-F Juv-Young Adult
  37. Multicultural Non-Fiction Adult
  38. Essay
  39. Creative Non-Fiction
  40. Autobiography/Memoir I (Celebrity/Political/Romance)
  41. Autobiography/Memoir II (Coming of Age/Family Legacy/Travel)
  42. Autobiography/Memoir III (Personal Struggle/Health Issues)
  43. Biography
  44. Aging/Death & Dying
  45. Animals/Pets
  46. Business/Career/Sales
  47. Cookbooks – General
  48. Cookbooks – Specialty
  49. Current Events I (Political/Economic/Foreign Affairs)
  50. Current Events II (Social Issues/Humanitarian)
  51. Education I (Workbook/Resource)
  52. Education II (Commentary/Theory)
  53. Nature
  54. Environment/Ecology
  55. Finance/Investment/Economics
  56. LGBT+ Non-Fiction
  57. Gift/Specialty/Journal
  58. Holiday
  59. Health/Medicine/Nutrition
  60. History (U.S.)
  61. History (World)
  62. Home/Garden/Crafts
  63. Inspirational/Spiritual
  64. New Age/Mind-Body-Spirit
  65. Parenting
  66. Popular Culture
  67. Psychology/Mental Health
  68. Sports/Fitness/Recreation
  69. Reference
  70. Religion (Eastern/Western)
  71. Science
  72. Self Help
  73. Sexuality/Relationships
  74. Transportation (Auto/Aviation/Railroad, etc.)
  75. Travel – Essay
  76. Travel – Guidebook
  77. Women's Issues
  78. Writing/Publishing
  79. Book/Author/Publisher Website
  80. Cover Design – Fiction
  81. Cover Design – Non-Fiction
  82. Cover Design – Non-Fiction Oversize
  83. Best First Book – Fiction
  84. Best First Book – Non-Fiction
  85. Book Series - Fiction
  86. Book Series - Non-Fiction  (note: Book Series category submissions require at least two volumes, with one volume's copyright/release date falling within the 2018-2020 timeframe)
  87. Audiobook - Fiction*
  88. Audiobook - Non-Fiction*
    *Please send Audiobook entries as gifts from your chosen platform (e.g. Audible, Libro, Kobo).  Send gift link to us at  digital @ jenkinsgroupinc.com. Please do not send actual files!

E-BOOK CATEGORIES

E1. Best Adult Fiction E-Book
E2. Best Romance/Erotica E-Book
E3. Best Mystery/Thriller E-Book
E4. Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror E-Book
E5. Best Adult Non-Fiction Personal E-Book
E6. Best Adult Non-Fiction Informational E-Book
E7. Best Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction E-Book
E8. Best Children's Illustrated E-Book
E9. Best Regional E-Book – Fiction
E10. Best Regional E-Book – Non-Fiction
E11. Best E-Book Design


REGIONAL CATEGORIES

(Awards for “Best Fiction” and “Best Non-Fiction” in each region)

Northeast – ME, VT, NH, MA, RI, CT, NY
Mid- Atlantic – PA, WV, VA, DE, MD, DC, NJ
Southeast – KY, NC, SC, GA, FL, AL
South – MS, LA, AR, TX, TN
Great Lakes – OH, MI, IN, IL, WI
Midwest – MN, IA, MO, OK, KS, NE, SD, ND
West-Mountain – MT, WY, UT, CO, NM, AZ, ID, NV
West-Pacific – CA, OR, WA, HI, AK
Canada–East – ON, QB, NF, NB, NS, PE, Nunavit
Canada-West – BC, AB, SK, MB, NW Territories, Yukon
Australia/New Zealand/Pacific Rim
Europe