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- GENERAL

  14. YOUNG ADULT FICTION- FANTASY

  15. FANTASY

  16. SCIENCE FICTION

  17. LGBTQ+ FICTION

  18. EROTICA

  19. HISTORICAL FICTION

  20. MILITARY/WARTIME FICTION

  21. HORROR

  22. MULTICULTURAL FICTION

  23. MULTICULTURAL FICTION – JUV-YOUNG ADULT

  24. MYSTERY

  25. SUSPENSE/THRILLER

  26. RELIGIOUS FICTION

  27. ROMANCE

  28. URBAN FICTION

  29. VISIONARY/NEW AGE FICTION

  30. TRUE CRIME

  31. GRAPHIC NOVEL/DRAWN BOOK 

  32. HUMOR

  33. CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS ( 7 & UNDER)

  34. CHILDREN’S PICTURE BOOKS ( ALL AGES)

  35. CHILDREN’S INTERACTIVE

  36. JUVENILE-YOUNG ADULT NON-FICTION

  37. MULTICULTURAL N-F JUV- YOUNG ADULT

  38. MULTICULTURAL NON-FICTION ADULT

  39. ESSAY

  40. CREATIVE NON-FICTION

  41. AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR I (CELEBRITY/POLITICAL/ROMANCE)

  42. AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR II (COMING OF AGE/FAMILY LEGACY/TRAVEL)

  43. AUTOBIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR III (PERSONAL STRUGGLE/HEALTH ISSUES)

  44. BIOGRAPHY

  45. AGING/DEATH & DYING

  46. ANIMALS/PETS

  47. BUSINESS/CAREERS/SALES

  48. COOKBOOKS - GENERAL

  49. COOKBOOKS - SPECIALTY

  50. CURRENT EVENTS I (POLITICAL/ECONOMIC/FOREIGN AFFAIRS)

  51. CURRENT EVENTS II (SOCIAL ISSUES/HUMANITARIAN)

  52. EDUCATION I (WORKBOOK/RESOURCES)

  53. EDUCATION II (COMMENTARY/THEORY)

  54. NATURE

  55. ENVIRONMENT/ECOLOGY

  56. FINANCE/INVESTMENT/ECONOMICS

  57. LGBTQ+ NON-FICTION

  58. GIFT/SPECIALTY/JOURNAL

  59. HOLIDAY

  60. HEALTH/MEDICINE/NUTRITION

  61. HISTORY (U.S.)

  62. HISTORY (WORLD)

  63. HISTORY (OVERSIZED/COFFEE TABLE)

  64. HOME & GARDEN

  65. INSPIRATIONAL/SPIRITUAL

  66. NEW AGE / MIND-BODY-SPIRIT

  67. PARENTING

  68. POPULAR CULTURE

  69. PSYCHOLOGY/MENTAL HEALTH

  70. SPORTS/FITNESS/RECREATION

  71. REFERENCE

  72. RELIGION (EASTERN/WESTERN)

  73. SCIENCE

  74. SELF HELP

  75. SEXUALITY/RELATIONSHIPS

  76. TRANSPORTATION (AUTO/AVIATION/RAILROAD)

  77. TRAVEL – ESSAY

  78. TRAVEL – GUIDEBOOK

  79. WOMEN'S ISSUES

  80. WRITING/PUBLISHING

  81. BOOK/AUTHOR/PUBLISHER WEBSITE

  82. COVER DESIGN – FICTION

  83. COVER DESIGN – NON-FICTION

  84. COVER DESIGN - NON-FICTION OVERSIZE

  85. BEST FIRST BOOK - FICTION

  86. BEST FIRST BOOK - JUV/YA

  87. BEST FIRST BOOK - NON-FICTION

  88. BOOK SERIES - FICTION  (note: Book Series category submissions require at least two volumes, with one volume's copyright/release date falling within the 2020-2021 copyright time frame. Send all volumes for judging but pay just one fee.)

  89. BOOK SERIES - NON-FICTION (note: Book Series category submissions require at least two volumes, with one volume's copyright/release date falling within the 2020-2021 copyright time frame. Send all volumes for judging but pay just one fee.)

  90. AUDIOBOOK - FICTION*

  91. 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!


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


E-BOOK CATEGORIES

E1.   BEST ADULT FICTION EBOOK

E2.   BEST ROMANCE/EROTICA EBOOK

E3.   BEST MYSTERY/THRILLER EBOOK

E4.   BEST SCI-FI/FANTASY/HORROR EBOOK

E5.   BEST ADULT NON-FICTION PERSONAL EBOOK

E6.   BEST ADULT NON-FICTION INFORMATONAL EBOOK

E7.   BEST JUVENILE/YOUNG ADULT FICTION EBOOK

E8.   BEST CHILDREN’S ILLUSTRATED EBOOK

E9.   BEST REGIONAL  EBOOK – FICTION

E10. BEST REGIONAL EBOOK – NON-FICTION