15th Annual Sponsor's Prizes

These awards honor books that demonstrate "synergy of form and content" in a superior presentation. Winners work directly with the experienced professional sponsors to help promote, distribute, gather feedback and share their works with the world.


National Indie Excellence® Awards
1. DartFrog Books 
Two winners will receive evaluation/review/distribution prizes ($449. value each)

DartFrog Books ( evaluates, selects and distributes exceptional self-published books to independent bookstores. We also evaluate and distribute exceptional books from small publishers who produce less than five books per year.

In honor of the wonderful and dedicated work of so many indie authors, we are pleased to present two NIEA award winners with the DartFrog NIEA Award Package, which includes an evaluation from DartFrog for potential distribution to independent bookstores, and a book review from our partner, Foreward Reviews.

We can help you get into stores and into distribution as a self-publisher. 

DartFrog Books wishes you all the best of luck in the awards process and looks forward to learning this year's results. Congratulations on producing award worthy books!

2. NewPages
Two winners will receive a set of mailing lists for their personal, promotional use ($285. value each)

NewPages quality mailing lists are up-to-date and give you access to thousands of bookstores and libraries in the United States.  

Our indie bookstore list includes nearly 1,500 independent bookstores, our public library list includes over 1,700 libraries serving populations over 40,000, and our academic library list includes over 1,300 four-year colleges/universities. 

Each list includes the full postal address, and when available, a phone number, website link, and social media links. Our bookstore list also provides email addresses for a majority of the stores. is a free resource site featuring great lists of literary magazines, indie presses, calls for submissions, writing contests, and more – valuable information for independent authors, self-publishers, and small presses. 

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3. Smith Publicity Book Marketing Consultation
One winner with receive a consultation, guides/materials, and an action plan ($400. value)

During this one-hour consultation call, you and your book marketing expert will create a narrow roadmap focusing on what’s best for your book, including proven tactics that can range from organizing book signings with bookstores to keeping your readers engaged with blogging. You’ll receive course guides and materials to help you make the most of your consultation plus an actionable game plan following the call. 

What you'll learn

  • How to establish and expand your network.

  • The best ways to reach your target audience.

  • How to enhance your online presence, including your website, blog, and social media platforms.

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4. Writers Blok 3
Three winners will receive Year Long Memberships ($348. value each)

Writers Blok helps writers all over the world find structure and community online. Think of it like Peloton, except for writing. Their online sprints sessions each last an hour -- you'll set a goal, work on your writing project for 50 minutes, and chat about the results with other writers. As a premium member, you'll get access to 44 weekly sprints plus access to Fireside Chats with award-winning experts, weekly progress reports, and online social activities designed to help you connect with writers like you.