Foreword Book Award Deadline Fast Approaching

ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards 2013 is currently accepting entries for independently published books published in 2013. This includes self-published, university press, and POD books. All entries must be postmarked no later than January 15, 2014, but applicants are encouraged to submit their entries as soon as possible.


Any independently published titles in any format—including eBooks—published in 2013. New editions of previously issued books are eligible with newly issued ISBNs. Books that are postmarked after the deadline will not be eligible.

Why Enter

Book contests are a great way for self-published authors to build their credibility and promote their book. ForeWord’s Book of the Year Awards were established to bring increased attention from librarians and booksellers to the literary achievements of independent publishers and their authors. A jury of readers, librarians and booksellers select their top categories as well as choose the winning titles. Their decisions take into consideration editorial excellence, professional production, originality of the narrative, author credentials relative to the book, and the value the title adds to its genre.

With the holidays right around the corner, it is easy to get distracted and run out of time, so it is a good idea to submit your entry now so you don’t forget and miss the January deadline. For more information on how to enter, visit

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