All Winners & Finalists will receive National Media & Industry Exposure!


The Indie Excellence® awards recognize books that demonstrate overall excellence through a synergy of form and content. As a winner or finalist you can highlight your award on book covers and marketing materials. Download our seal to print on your book and order stickers for each book you have already printed. Award stickers are available for purchase as well as official winner or finalist certificates.

Submissions for the 17th Annual National Indie Excellence® Awards opened on August 1st, 2022. We look forward to celebrating your wonderful books!

All entries must be postmarked by March 31st, 2023. Winners and Finalists will be announced May/June of 2023.


$75.00 per entry/per Category

  • All payments must be in U.S. Dollars.

  • Please send one copy of the book per category entered. 2021, 2022 and 2023 (before March 31st) publication dates are eligible.

  • You can put all the categories for your book's entry on one Submission Form. Be sure to place a copy of the submission form in each book you send in, one for each category entered.

  • All titles must have an ISBN and be published books available on or wherever good books are sold. 

  • Your book must be available for sale by the contest deadline.

  • All entries must be postmarked by March 31, 2023.

  • Winners and Finalists will be notified in May/June 2023.

  • All submissions are final.

  • There are no refunds.

(All international checks or money orders must have “USD” or “US Dollar” pre-printed on the check/money order.)



We will notify each entry of their received book delivery via e-mail. NIEA announces the winning entries on our website once the judging has been completed, this happens shortly after the date for submissions is closed for the year. 

Because of the high volume of entries, it could take up to two weeks to send you the notification that we received your book.


As contests have a variety of designations we have structured the National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) so that only one book per category may be designated the “Winner”, however, there are always more titles in a category that truly stand out and we believe these too deserve recognition.  We are dedicated to celebrating excellence in self-published books so NIEA also has the “Finalist” category.

Books recognized as Finalists are outstanding. The differences between a Winner and Finalist are often so small that the judging is quite a challenge! Gaining recognition as a Finalist is a high honor and very competitive, it is something an author should be extremely proud to promote. The number of Finalists reflects the number of entries in a given category. 

Readers appreciate our Winners and Finalists as worthy of their attention and their book-buying dollars.



Books Eligible

  • The National Indie Excellence® Awards selection committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any book.

  • Please send one copy of the print version of your published book per category entered. 2021, 2022 and 2023 (up to March 31st) publication dates are eligible (advance reader copies and galleys are not accepted).

  • Your book must be available for sale by the submission deadline. 

  • Put all the categories in which you submit on one Submission Form and be sure to place a copy of the submission form and in each book you send in, one for each category. All titles must have an ISBN and be published books.

  • Indie Excellence® is open to all English language books that are available for sale wherever good books are sold both on and in bookstores. 

  • Books published by Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Random House, or Simon & Schuster are not eligible to apply.

  • We are not accepting e-books.

  • We reserve the right to move books into another category if it seems appropriate.


  • We do not publish the names of the judges to respect their privacy.

Book Submissions

  • You are fully responsible for having your physical book reach us by the deadline for submission. Unless you receive an email acknowledging receipt of your book, please be aware that your book has not been included in the judging process. 

  • Indie Excellence® submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

  • Submitted books are donated to local libraries and schools for further use, we do not simply discard or pulp them.


Please include proof of paypal or check with your entry submission. Make checks payable to: “National Indie Excellence® Book Awards ” and mail to:

Indie Excellence® Submission
703 Pier Ave 
Suite B-684 
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254