Indie Writers Competitions

Indie Writers Competitions

There are not a lot of competitions out there for Indie publishers. I will add to this list as I find them. Your input and comments would be greatly appreciated! I suggest steering clear of anything that costs a lot of money – that’s probably how they make their money!


If you are entering a contest and have to send money to this company, my advice is –don’t.
JM Northern Media LLC
attn: San Francisco Book Festival
7095 Hollywood Boulevard
Suite 864
Hollywood, CA 90028-0893
Phone: 323-665-8080
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I found the list below at:



  1. Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award – discontinued
  2. Axiom Business Book Awards
  3. Beverly Hills Book Awards
  4. Book Designer – Monthly eBook Cover Design Award
  5. Bookstore Without Borders’ LYRA Contest
  6. Book Festivals is a way of entering several competitions at the same time
  7. CIPA EVVY Awards
  8. Digital Book Awards
  9. eLit Book Awards 
  10. EPIC eBook Competition 
  11. Eric Hoffer Award
  12. First Page Competition 2014
  13. ForeWord Reviews – the Book of the Year Awards
  14. Global eBook Awards
  15. Green Book Festival
  16. Guardian Legend Self-published book of the month
  17. Harry Bowling Prize for Flash Fiction
  18. Harry Bowling Prize for New Writing (bi-annual)
  19. Historical Novel Society International Award
  20. IACP Cookbook Awards
  21. Independent Book Publishers Association – Benjamin Franklin Awards
  22. IndieReader Discovery Awards $150 entry fee
  23. International Book Awards  – checking it out
  24. International Rubery Book Award
  25. IPPY Awards
  26. Kindle Book Review’s 2014 Kindle Book Awards
  27. Kirkus Indie Best of List 2014 
  28. Mom’s Choice Awards
  29. Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards
  30. National Indie Excellence Book Awards
  31. National Literacy Trust Children’s Author Prize
  32. Nautilus Book Awards
  33. Next Big Author Opening Chapter 
  34. Next Generation Indie Book Awards
  35. Reader Views Literary Awards (Multiple awards)
  36. Readers Favourite Contest
  37. Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Self-Published Book
  38. Shirley You Jest Awards 
  39. The Living Now Book Awards
  40. UK Arts Council Funded: YouWriteOn Book of the Year Awards 
  41. USA “Best Books” Awards
  42. Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards [UK]
  43. Writer’s Digest Self Published Book Awards


e-Book Cover Design Awards Submissions



To be considered for the 2016 competition,
all submissions must be received by 11:59pm EST on December 15, 2015.



Entries are received January 15th – March 15th
Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense is named for Daphne du Maurier, the author of REBECCA, a suspense novel with romantic and gothic overtones and a precursor to today’s romantic suspense. The Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense is a writing contest for published and unpublished authors of romantic suspense, mystery, suspense and thrillers with romantic subplots and mainstream mystery, suspense and thrillers.

The contest provides helpful feedback by trained judges, and winning or placing in the competition adds a boost to the entrant’s writing career. There are two divisions within the contest: Published and Unpublished. Entries are received January 15th – March 15th each year. Finalists for each division are announced in May [Unpublished] and June [Published].



A list of writing contests for crime fiction writers.