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Submissions are Open for the 11th Annual Awards

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Submissions for the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards are now open. Submissions must be in by mid March 2017 and Winners & Finalists will be announced in mid May 2017.

See the Submit Your Book page for details. We look forward to receiving your books and celebrating how far our industry has come.

Congratulations to the Winners and Finalists:

Winners | Finalists

Celebrating Self and Independent Publishing Excellence!

The National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) was created to help establish self-publishing as a proud, legitimate, and respectable part of the publishing industry.

NIEA is proud to be a champion of self-publishers and small & independent presses that go the extra mile to produce books of excellence in every aspect.

The National Indie Excellence® Awards is open to all English language books available for sale, including small presses, mid-size independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors.

You Are Invited to enter the 11th Annual Contest!

Small press, self and independently published books are getting better and better and our judges are working harder and harder. 

You are the ones putting your hearts and souls on the line by getting your books into print. And that's just the beginning. Marketing is a key and we know it can be a bear. An NIEA Winner or Finalist sticker on a book cover can help your book stand out.

Submissions for the 2016 National Indie Excellence® Awards are now open. It's our 10th year! See the Submit Your Book page for details. We look forward to receiving your books  and celebrating how far our industry has come.

A Word About Our Award Designations

There are no hard and fast rules about how a contest is to designate its winners. Different contests have different designations. We have structured our contest so that only one book per category may be designated “Winner.”

However, often there is more than one book in a category that truly stands out, and we believe these deserve recognition also. While it makes the job of our judges harder in some ways, we are dedicated to celebrating excellence in independently published books. So we created the category of “Finalist.”

Books that are recognized as Finalists are in every way outstanding. The difference between the Winner and Finalist books are often so minute that the call might have gone either way.

The bottom line is that being recognized as a Finalist is a high honor and something about which any author can and should be justifiably proud.

Readers recognize that Finalist books are worthy of their attention and their book-buying dollars.

Submit to the 11th Annual Contest!

We Offer Three Methods

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Kudo's from the 11th Annual Contest Winners & Finalists

Learn more at Ayn Cates Sullivan

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Hi. Thank you so much! I’m very excited to learn that Dark Surf is a finalist in the 10th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards! I am truly honored to receive this recognition for my first novel. Thank you for providing a forum for indie authors and books, and for championing self-published authors and small & independent presses.

I’ve started to share the great news on my blog and social media. The more people that know about awards programs like yours, the better! Best wishes for next year's program. I’m currently finishing my second novel, the sequel to Dark Surf, so will likely have another book to enter before the next deadline. Cheers to you!


T.C. Zmak
Author of Dark Surf & the Dark Surf Nightly

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Thank you so much. I'm very excited about winning a Finalist award for 2015 in the Steam Punk category for 'The Antikythera and The Source'. I'll be sending for the award certificate, stickers, etc. in the next few days! What a wonderful surprise! I'm very grateful to you and the whole team at Indie excellence for supporting me in this way. Once again, I'm just blown away by this! Have a great week and thanks again.

Howard Lipman (pen name PanOrpheus)

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I'm not sure if you are the right person to thank, so please pass this along if needed. I want to thank you all so much for awarding my debut novel, Fate Ball, as a FINALIST for this year. Fate Ball was in the new adult fiction category and I am honored to receive this recognition. Learn more at .

Thanks so much!

Adam W. Jones, GM/BIC/GRI

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Dear Ellen,

I am so honored that my novel, Do Not Assume, has been named as the 2016 National Indie Excellence Award Winner for best Political Thriller. I sincerely want to thank you and the NIEA Staff for providing an opportunity and a forum for indie authors and small and independent presses to have our work reviewed, recognized, and showcased. It means so much to have a champion and I extend my very best wishes for NIEA's continuing success.

Elaine Williams Crockett,
Author of Do Not Assume

We are so thrilled when people let us know how happy they are…please take a look at these emails!


Praise from Alice Inoue

Dear Ellen and the Indie Excellence team,

"After the edit of my third book, my editor suggested that I might want to take look at entering my self-published book in your awards. The last thing on my mind was to enter an award competition, but it sounded like a good opportunity and I decided to submit my last two books. It was such a confirmation of my work when one of my books won, and the other was selected as a finalist in the body, mind, spirit category.

"Just like everyone else, I proudly affixed the stickers to the front of my book. This was in May of 2011. In September of 2011 I received an invitation from Lifetime Television to appear as a guest author/expert on their morning show, "The Balancing Act." It is a highly-rated morning show with hundreds of thousands of viewers reaching 220 markets across the US. They wanted me to share the concepts from my books with their viewers.

"When I asked how they found my book the producer said, "There are hundreds of thousands of books published each year, and we don't have time to screen all of them. We go straight to the award winners and start our screening process from there." So...I just wanted to say thank you as I credit you for creating this opportunity for me and for all others.

"I just finished my fourth book and will be submitting it for the next awards round. Thank you for all you do! I am most appreciative."

Alice Inoue
Alice Inoue Life Guidance, LLC

Another Testimonial for Indie Excellence!

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Our publicist sent out a press release to the media for all Winners and Finalists

The Washington Times
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The National Indie Excellence Awards Celebrates Decade of Winners Contest marks 10-year Anniversary

Beverly Hills, Ca. – The National Indie Excellence Awards, celebrating 10 years as a literary institution in 2016. Since its inception, the book awards that champion indie, self-published and small press books has grown by more than 3,000 percent.

In 2016, the award winners included international poets and authors from Singapore, London and India, among others.

"I am humbled and proud to be able to celebrate these amazing books and authors. Overall excellence is key, which makes the judging so difficult," said founder Ellen Reid. The National Indie Excellence Awards has been a strong advocate for independent publishing, a large sector of the publishing world. The prestigious NIEA is open to all English language books in print. Entries come from small, medium, university, self and independent publishers. The judging panel comprises independent experts from all aspects of the indie book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book designers and professional copywriters.

Submissions are being taken until April 2017 for the 11th Annual contest.

Medals Available for Our Indie Winners!

As an author, you must take charge of the promotion of your book by investing in key pieces of book publicity to spread the word and increase visibility for your work. This includes entering book award contests. The authors that we represent have found this contest to be a terrific way to bring attention to their books, garner more third party validation and provide another hook for promotion after the book has already been published and out for a while. Do your self a favor and enter today!

Julie Schoerke, founder JKS Communications, A Literary Publicity Firm

When a book wins a contest, it gives the book more credibility to the media, especially with so many books published every year.  But I think the value may be even greater to consumers, (assuming the contest winner uses it in all their marketing)  it's a great endorsement for readers.  We all use a variety of different measures when considering what new book to read…. but having that stamp on it says loud and clear - this book is a winner!   That stamp is a statement that weighs heavily in its favor to everyone from the media to consumers. 

Marsha Friedman 
Chief Executive Officer

EMSI Public Relations


Ms. Reid,

I just wanted to say thank you for choosing my book, Broccoli Chronicles, as a winner in the Children's Fiction category. I am so grateful.

Thanks again,

Taneeka Bourgeois-daSilva, MA, MS, Award-Winning Author

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2015 Awards!

Congratulations to Everyone who submitted
their books to the 2015 National Indie Excellence® Book Awards!

View Winners | Finalists

Praise for NIEA!

"Awards that recognize excellence support more than sales for the independent and self-publishing authors and small presses who win them; they make our entire industry look good. The National Indie Excellence® Awards® does us all a great service."

- Dan Poynter, author of The Self Publishing Manual and 100 other books

Honoring Excellence

We are very pleased to advise that the National Indie Excellence® Book Awards was nominated by our members to receive our Honoring Excellence award/seal, which recognizes consultants, businesses and organizations that offer exceptional products and services for independent authors. Congratulations!

Barnaby Conrad, author

"I think contests - and awards - are great, especially for writers. I only won one in my life - but it changed the course of my life. When I was 21 I won a creative writing contest at college. Wow! I was a writer and never looked back."

Barnaby Conrad is the author of over 35 books. A New York Times Best- Selling Author, his novel Matador sold over 3 million copies and was on the Best-Seller list for 53 weeks! Artist-author Barnaby Conrad was born in San Francisco, California. Barnaby Conrad passed on at age 90 and we are very honored to have his testimonial here about the contest.