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  • The Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards

    You've crafted something fabulous, now it's time to turn more heads and earn the credibility you deserve.

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  • More than a shiny little sticker

    You've crafted something fabulous, now it's time to turn more heads and earn the credibility you deserve.

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Win a Book Award

$99 $79

The Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards recognize the best independently published books. Along with two cash prizes, the Foreword INDIES are a way for us to highlight deserving books in over 60 categories to our audience of librarians, booksellers, industry professionals, and book lovers. They are truly The Books of the Year.

What are the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards?

The Foreword INDIES are awarded to independent publishers, university presses, and self-published authors whose books not only meet our editorial standards, but also blow our minds. Winners in each category are honored with widespread recognition. Those books named Editor’s Choice will also win cash prizes.

What makes Foreword INDIES special is our panel of judges: nearly 150 booksellers and librarians determine the winners after a group of finalists is culled by our editorial staff.

Finalists and winners can count on being seen by the librarians, booksellers, industry professionals, and book lovers that read Foreword Reviews and our weekly e-mail Foreword This Week. They will also be promoted on our social media channels and at the many events attended by the Foreword Independent Press Collective.

Finalists will be announced in March 2017, and winners will be announced during the American Library Association Annual Conference in June.


Any independently published book—including those from self-published authors and university presses—published in 2016, and available for purchase in print or e-book formats. Revised editions of previously issued books are eligible for entry only with newly issued ISBNs. Reissued editions are not eligible for entry.


Our final judging process sees each book evaluated by a librarian and a bookseller chosen as experts for their particular genre. Over 130 authorized industry professionals carefully appraise using the following criteria: editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, and the value the book adds to its genre. Foreword Reviews reserves the right to withhold an award in any category should they not meet our criteria of editorial excellence and professional production standards.

Categories and New Features

Our list of categories reflects what sells best from indie presses and what is being requested by our readers. New for this year: Augmented Reality.

Entry Fee

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’ll be entitled to a FREE one-year subscription to quarterly print magazine, Foreword Reviews. In addition, finalists and winners receive:

  • A Foreword INDIES marketing toolkit 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 indiefab.forewordreviews.com, with links to order your books through Amazon.com and Indiebound.
  • Opportunities to participate in specially branded advertising, exclusively for Foreword INDIES winners and finalists.

How to Enter

Click here to enter your book (or books) for the 2016 Foreword INDIES. 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: 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.


All submissions must be received by January 15, 2017. Register and submit your print or ebooks for evaluation:

Print Books: Two copies of each book entered should be mailed to our Michigan headquarters accompanied by an entry form or your online receipt.

Foreword Reviews
Foreword INDIES
425 Boardman Ave
Traverse City, MI 49684

Ebooks: Submissions should be emailed to ebooks+awards@forewordreviews.com. You will be notified by email when we receive your entry.

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.

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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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