About the Next Generation Indie Book Awards

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards ("Indie Book Awards") is the most exciting and rewarding book awards program open to independent publishers and authors worldwide. The Indie Book Awards program was established by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group to recognize and honor the best independently published books of the year in more than 70 categories. Visit the Indie Book Awards website .

To help indie publishers and authors make important connections, the top 70 books in the Indie Book Awards will be reviewed by New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency for possible representation to publishers or one of Ms. Allen's co-agents for possible representation in areas such as distribution, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights (unless an entrant prefers not to have the book forwarded to an agent).

Who Is Marilyn Allen?

Ms. Allen has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins and directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books. Ms. Allen has worked with many well-known authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett (author of a recent Oprah book club pick), Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more.

The judges of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are all actively involved in the indie book publishing industry, and range from literary agents to editors. The judges also include publishing executives, book reviewers, writing teachers, successful published authors, and experts in the various areas of judging including book design.

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards have a wide variety of key personnel.

Read about them here

Entries are now being accepted for the 2022 Next Generation Indie Book Awards.



FIRST PLACE WINNER ($1,500 PRIZE) Sapphire the Great and the Meaning of Life
by Beverley Brenna, Illustrated by Tara Anderson
(Pajama Press)

by April White
(Corazon Entertainment)

THIRD PLACE WINNER ($500 PRIZE) Seeing Ceremony: A Novel with Recipes
by Meera Ekkanath Klein
(Homebound Publications)


FIRST PLACE WINNER ($1,500 PRIZE) Anonymous Is a Woman: A Global Chronicle of Gender Inequality
by Nina Ansary, Illustrated by Petra Dufkova
(Revela Press)

SECOND PLACE WINNER ($750 PRIZE) New Zealand Karst - A voyage across limestone landscapes into the subterranean realm of caves
by Max Wisshak, Stefanie Wisshak
(speleo-photo editions)

THIRD PLACE WINNER ($500 PRIZE) Let's Talk About It - The Art, the Artists and the Racial Justice Movement on Madison's State Street
Edited by, Adam Schrager, Project Director, Nyra Jordan, Designer, Ian Chalgren
(American Family Institute for Corporate and Social Justice)

Thank you to our sponsors FabJob Inc. and IAP Career College for providing financial support for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards and to Author Connections for their ongoing marketing support and for sponsoring the flowers at our annual awards gala.

We are currently looking for sponsors who will help cover costs for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. If your company is willing to provide financial support or donations of staff or materials for the awards, please contact info@IndieBookAwards.com. Sponsors for the awards will receive numerous benefits depending on their level of sponsorship.

Any support or assistance is greatly appreciated. What a wonderful way to give back to the independent publishing community by working at honoring the most exceptional independently published books of the year.

How else can you can support the Next Generation Indie Book Awards?

  • obtaining shared booth space at book conferences held in the USA
  • printing of the catalog of Winners
  • acting as a judge of a particular category
  • paying for the trophies and/or medals
  • paying for advertising
  • providing marketing services
  • press release distribution

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