21stSelfPub-800px-300x86This in from Writer’s Digest…

Whether you’re a professional writer, a part-time freelancer, or a writing enthusiast who took the leap and published your own book, this competition may be for you.

The Writer’s Digest 21st Annual Self-Published Book Awards, with a grand prize of $3,000 and nine more $1,000 winners, is currently accepting entries (until April 1, 2013) into these categories:

  • Children’s/Picture books
  • Genre Fiction
  • Inspirational (Spiritual, New Age)
  • Life Stories (Biographies, Autobiographies, Family Histories, Memoirs)
  • Mainstream/Literary Fiction
  • Middle-Grade/Young Adult books
  • Nonfiction
  • Poetry
  • Reference Books (Directories, Encyclopedias, Guide Books)

How to enter: register and pay online or download a printable entry form. (Early Bird Entry fees are $100 for the first entry, and $75 for each additional entry.) For books submitted after the April 1 early bird deadline, the fees are $110 for the first entry, $85 for each additional entry.

Note: The early-bird deadline for entry is April 1, 2013, the regular deadline is May 1, 2013.

There will be one Grand Prize Winner ($3,000 plus prizes), nine First Place Winners ($1,000 plus prizes) and an unspecified number of honorable mentions. According to the WD website, all entrants will receive a brief commentary from the judges along with a link to the entrant’s website (if the URL is accurate) on writersdigest.com.

For complete prize listings, entry forms and contest rules, visit WritersDigest.com – and good luck!

6 thoughts on “Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards

  • April 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    I don’t seem to be able to get through to the “checkout” button. This is NOT a draft. I have completed book that I would like to enter, and will get in mail today but I need to checkout, pay with credit card and send correct info along with book in order to meet the May 1 deadline to Writer’s Digest. .

    • April 25, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      Our apologies Marilyn but we only reported on this contest taking place – it’s not ours. Suggest you reach out to them via their contact page at http://www.writersdigest.com/contact-us – good luck!

  • March 17, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    This is a very expensive contest.. There must be a lot of entries with the boom of the self publishing market. Every author wants their baby to win. How many entries do they usually get in each category?

    • March 17, 2013 at 12:16 pm

      It is and not sure how many entries Writers Digest gets on this – can assume it’s a lot with their reach!

  • March 14, 2013 at 3:44 pm


    I just went through the process, filled out the information, and submitted my online payment. I’m unclear as to what I’m supposed to send along with my book? The payment receipt? The entry form that was filled out prior to my payment? Thanks for your response!

    • March 14, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      Not sure – you need to email the good folks at Writers Digest about that – we just carry the news!

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