Book Awards

Winning an award for your book is not just an affirmation of your talent as a writer. It can also be a huge marketing boost for your book’s sales. Most of the better awards receive a lot of media coverage and are followed by publishers. librarians, book reviewers, and, most importantly, book buyers. In addition to the free publicity that comes with winning an award, the author and publisher can then promote the award in marketing material, on the book’s cover, and in online listings.


We have grouped our listing of book awards into several classifications based on their prestige and eligibility requirements. We try to keep current on the award criteria and submission deadlines, but you should click on the award name to go to the award’s website for the latest information.

Major Awards – These are the most prestigious book awards, but they are generally limited to entries from established, traditional publishers. However, a well-positioned independent publisher should consider applying if they feel that their book is worthy of consideration.

Top Indie Awards – These programs allow or are limited to books published by independent publishers, including self-published authors. We have listed them from broadest genre eligibility to most restrictive. Some of these are “Pay to Win” awards, but they have reached a high enough level of credibility and recognition in the industry to justify their inclusion in this list.

Children’s Books – There are more awards available for Children’s and Young Adult Books than any other genre. We have put the awards in these genres which are open to independently published books in their own group.

Christian – If your book has a Christian theme, you should consider these awards. Many of them are sponsored by Christian retail associations which provides direct marketing potential for your book.

eBooks – There are a few awards that are open only to eBooks. This does not necessarily mean that the book is only available as an eBook, but the award is based on the eBook version and usually looks at design as strongly as content.

Pay-to-Win – These awards are primarily commercial operations where the primary winner is the sponsor. Although the author can legitimately promote that they have won the award and it may help direct sales to consumers, the awards hold little weight with librarians, publishers, and book retailers.

Looking for a specific award? Want to search by genre? Use our searchable table at the bottom of this page.

Can’t find it? If you have a question on an award not listed here, please ask us to check it out.

Search and Sort the Book Awards

This table contains an abbreviated listing of all of the awards contests listed in the sections above. You can search and sort the awards in this table to help you to find the appropriate contests for you to enter. The Genre is listed as “Many”, unless we feel there is a more limited Genre that might be helpful in your search.
Award NameSponsorCategoryGenre
Alex AwardsYoung Adult Library Services Association (ALA)Major AwardsYoung Adult
American Book AwardsBefore Columbus FoundationTop Indie AwardsMany
Axiom Business Book AwardsJenkins GroupPay to WinMany
Batchelder AwardAmerican Library AssociationMajor AwardsChildren
Belpre MedalAmerican Library AssociationMajor AwardsChildren
Benjamin Franklin AwardsIndependent Book Publishers AssociationTop Indie AwardsMany
Benjamin Franklin Digital AwardsIndependent Book Publishers AssociationeBookMany
Beverly Hills Book AwardsSmarketing LLC (Ellen Reid)Pay to WinMany
Bram Stoker AwardsHorror Writers AssociationTop Indie AwardsHorror
Caldecott MedalAmerican Library AssociationMajor AwardsChildren
Governor General's Literary AwardsCanada Council for the ArtsTop Indie AwardsMany
Carol AwardsAmerican Christian Fiction WritersTop Indie AwardsChristian, Fiction
Christian Book AwardEvangelical Christian Publishers AssociationMajor AwardsChristian
Christian Indie AwardsChristian Indie Publishing AssociationTop Indie AwardsChristian
Christianity Today Book AwardsChristianity TodayTop Indie AwardsChristian
Christy AwardsChristy AwardsTop Indie AwardsChristian
CPA Book AwardsCatholic Press AssociationTop Indie AwardsChristian
Crystal Kite AwardsSociety of Children's Book Writers and IllustratorsMajor AwardsChildren
Edgar AwardsMystery Writers of AmericaMajor AwardsMystery
Edwards AwardYoung Adult Library Services Association (ALA)Major AwardsYoung Adult
eLit Digital Publishing AwardsJenkins GroupPay to WinMany
Foreword INDIES Book of the Year AwardsForeword MagazineTop Indie AwardsMany
Geisel AwardAmerican Library AssociationMajor AwardsChildren
Genesis ContestAmerican Christian Fiction WritersTop Indie AwardsChristian, Fiction
Giverny Award15§ LaboratoryChildren'sChildren
Global eBook AwardsPara PublishingeBookMany
Golden Kite AwardsSociety of Children?s Book Writers and IllustratorsChildren'sChildren
Hammett PrizeInternational Association of Crime Writers / North American BranchTop Indie AwardsCrime
Horn Book AwardHorn BookChildren'sChildren
Hugo AwardsMidAmeriCon IITop Indie AwardsScience Fiction
ILA Children's and Young Adults' Book AwardsInternational Literacy AssociationChildren'sChildren
Illumination Book AwardsJenkins GroupPay to WinChristian
IPPY AwardsJenkins GroupTop Indie AwardsMany
James Beard Book AwardJames Beard FoundationTop Indie AwardsCookbook
James Tiptree, Jr. Literary AwardJames Tiptree Jr. Literary CouncilTop Indie AwardsScience Fiction
Lambda Literary AwardsLambda LiteraryTop Indie AwardsLGBT
BCALA Literary AwardBlack Caucus of the ALATop Indie AwardsAfrican American
Living Now Book AwardsJenkins GroupPay to WinMany
Macavity AwardMystery Readers InternationalTop Indie AwardsMystery
Maine Literary AwardsMaine Writers & Publishers AllianceTop Indie AwardsMany
Man Booker PrizesThe Man GroupMajor AwardsFiction
Minnesota Book AwardsThe Friends of the Saint Paul Public LibraryTop Indie AwardsMany
Moonbeam Children's Book AwardsJenkins GroupPay to WinMany
Morris AwardYoung Adult Library Services Association (ALA)Major AwardsYoung Adult
National Book AwardsNational Book FoundationTop Indie AwardsMany
National Book Critics Circle AwardNational Book Critics CircleMajor AwardsMany
National Indie Excellence AwardsSmarketing LLC (Ellen Reid)Pay to WinMany
Nautilus AwardsNautilus AwardsTop Indie AwardsMany
Nebula AwardsScience Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaTop Indie AwardsScience Fiction
Newbery MedalAmerican Library AssociationMajor AwardsChildren
Next Generation Indie Book AwardsIBPPG.comTop Indie AwardsMany
YALSA Excellence in Nonfiction AwardYoung Adult Library Services Association (ALA)Major AwardsChildren, Young Adult
Nonfiction Book AwardsNonfiction Authors Association (Stephanie Chandler)Pay to WinMany
Odyssey AwardYoung Adult Library Services Association (ALA)Major AwardsYoung Adult
PEN/Faulkner Award for FictionPEN/Faulkner FoundationMajor AwardsFiction
Printz AwardYoung Adult Library Services Association (ALA)Major AwardsYoung Adult
RITA AwardRomance Writers of AmericaTop Indie AwardsRomance Fiction
Robert F. Kennedy Book AwardRobert F. Kennedy Human RightsTop Indie AwardsNonfiction
Scott O'Dell Award for Historical FictionScott O'DellTop Indie AwardsHistorical Fiction
Shamus AwardPrivate Eye Writers of AmericaTop Indie AwardsMystery
Sibert MedalAmerican Library AssociationMajor AwardsChildren
Spark AwardSociety of Children's Book Writers and IllustratorsChildren'sChildren
Spur AwardsWestern Writers of AmericaTop Indie AwardsWestern
Sydney Taylor Book AwardAssociation of Jewish LibrariesChildren'sChildren
Triple Crown AwardsTriple Crown Awards (National Christian School Association)Top Indie AwardsChristian, Children, Young Adult
Children's Literature Legacy Award (f/k/a Wilder Medal)American Library AssociationMajor AwardsChildren
Word AwardsThe Word Guild (Canada)Top Indie AwardsChristian
Young Readers' Choice AwardsPacific Northwest Library AssociationChildren'sChildren, Young Adult