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Through September 1, 2016 $79 $59
After September 1, 2016 $99 $79

Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards are here for you. Along with cash prizes and serious recognition from booksellers and librarians, the INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards publicity efforts will help you find readers thrilled to discover fabulous books from the independent book industry. INDIEFAB annually honors more than 250 winners in 66 categories.

What are the Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards?

You have a great book, you're looking for some recognition from a trusted source, and you want a wider audience to fall in love with it. That's where Foreword Reviews’ annual book awards program comes in. The INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards recognize the best in indie book publishing, and have been doing so for nearly 20 years.

Our awards program honors great indie books from independent publishers, university presses, and noteworthy self-published authors. INDIEFAB breathes new life into hundreds of books, long after their pub dates have passed. What makes INDIEFAB special is our panel of judges: more than 100 booksellers and librarians determine the winners after a larger group of finalists is culled by our editorial staff.

Along with two cash prizes, finalists and winners can count on abundant recognition from all aspects of the book industry. In March, finalists are revealed, and in June, winners are announced at the American Library Association Annual Conference and will also be featured in the print and digital edition of Foreword Reviews. The finalists and winners lists will be promoted on our website and in our e-mail newsletter Foreword This Week as part of a national publicity campaign, along with lots of attention on our popular social media sites.

INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards help connect your book to readers excited to discover what's new and top quality.


Any independently published title published in 2016. To be clear, independently published includes university presses, privately held presses, and self-published authors. International submissions are welcome. There are five megasized corporate publishers and their imprints we will not allow to enter. You know who you are.

New editions of previously published books are eligible if significant content has been changed and the book has a new ISBN. Reissued editions in new formats are not eligible. The same book may be entered in more than one category (with an additional fee per entry).


Foreword Reviews’ INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention of the literary achievements of independent publishers to booksellers and librarians. Our awards process is unique and well respected because we assemble a jury of volunteer booksellers and librarians to make the final judgment on the books and who select winners based on their experience with readers.

Of course, their decisions also take into consideration editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, author credentials relative to the subject matter, and the value the title adds to its genre.

Categories and New Features

Our list of categories reflects what sells best from indie presses. In 2015, we added three categories to the list: Erotica, LGBT Nonfiction, and Books Authored by Kids Seventeen and Under. Plus, all entries are automatically eligible to win awards for Best Cover Design, Best Packaging, and Best Coffee Table Book.

Entry Fee

Check this off your list now, it pays to enter early! We offer a $79 Early Bird entry fee for books registered before September 1, 2016. Choose a second (or third, or fourth) category for the same book and the fee drops to $59 for each additional submission.

After September 1, 2016, the fee is $99 per entry, and $79 for additional categories. If your 2016 book is published, why not enter today?


By entering your book into the awards program, you will automatically receive a year long subscription to our quarterly Foreword Reviews. In addition, finalists and winners receive:

  • An INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards marketing toolbox with everything you need to personalize your publicity blitz.
  • Press releases linking finalists and winners will be sent to Foreword Reviews’ 10,000+ list of media and industry professionals.
  • Announcements of finalists and winners on Foreword Reviews’ Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, and Pinterest, and winners featured year round with individual plugs.
  • Listing on the high traffic forewordreviews.com, with links to order your books through Amazon.com and Indiebound.
  • Winners featured in the Fall issue of Foreword Reviews.
  • Discounts on publisher services provided by Foreword Magazine, Inc., including advertising, online marketing, and representation at domestic trade shows and international book fairs.


All entries must be received by January 15, 2017.

Entries with a 2016 pubdate can be mailed to our Michigan headquarters accompanied by an entry form or your online receipt. Please send two books for each category entered. eBooks submissions should be emailed to ebooks@forewordreviews.com. You will be notified by email when we receive your entry.

Foreword Reviews
INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards
425 Boardman Ave
Traverse City, MI 49684

Foreword Reviews reserves the right to withhold an award in any category if submissions do not meet our criteria for editorial and/or production excellence. Foreword Reviews will not be held liable for the loss, damage, or return of any books submitted for awards.

How to Enter

Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards entries can be made via the Register Books button on this page. For your convenience, the receipt will contain details about how to get your book to us.

If you prefer to do things old-school, no problem. INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards entries can also be submitted with your check made out to Foreword Reviews and mailed along with this mail-in registration form and your books.

For additional assistance, please contact us by phone at 231.933.3699 or by email at michele@forewordreviews.com.

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We know, you’re fabulous, and you’re here to order a foil INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards seal for the front of your book. Do you know how much these seals give testimony to your book’s design quality and editorial excellence? No doubt, you do. Plus, they look so damn good!

You should get one because once you’re an INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards winner, you’re always an INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards winner. So don’t overlook a great opportunity to buy seals for past award-winning titles too. They’re a marketing-must for book signings, trade shows, and instant street cred with readers, booksellers, and librarians.

How to Purchase

INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards foil seals and digital imprints can be purchased by clicking the Order Seals button on this page. If you have any questions, email michele@forewordreviews.com or call 231.933.3699.

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