CIPA EVVYs Book Competition Open for Submissions

Calling all indie publishers and authors! The Colorado Independent Publishers Association’s 22nd annual CIPA EVVY book competition is open for submissions.

Entry in the 2016 competition is open to any independently or self-published print book, eBook, or audio book published from 2012 onwards. Books may be submitted by the author, publisher, or credited service provider (such as the illustrator, designer, editor, printer, or consultant). CIPA membership is NOT required. The final date to enter this year’s competition is May 21, 2016. The entry form and full guidelines for submission can be found here: To be placed on the EVVY mailing list and receive all contest updates straight to your inbox, go here:

This year marks the 22nd anniversary for the CIPA EVVYs, one of the longest-running book awards on the Indie publishing scene. Averaging over 200 entries, this year’s EVVYs will consider submissions in 41 book categories and 8 technical categories. Entries are judged according to established criteria, and only entries that meet minimum requirements become finalists. Judges are selected through CIPA’s competition judging qualification process and include teachers, business leaders, authors, critics, editors, and others.

Savvy authors have been able to parlay their book’s awards into increased sales and distribution deals, and the CIPA EVVYs continue to provide an excellent way for independent authors and publishers to gain recognition for their hard work. Five-time CIPA EVVY award winner and author coach Teresa Funke notes: “CIPA is doing something very important with these awards . . . they are recognizing and honoring high-qualify self-published books of all genres and bringing credibility to the efforts we make as independent authors. CIPA was providing positive attention to our books long before many credible sources would even consider looking at self-published authors. Each year, the contest has grown stronger and more impressive, proof that we, as an industry, are moving forward. I’m proud to be a CIPA EVVY winner not just because it means that my books are good, but also because it puts quality indie books on a par with those that are traditionally published.”

The Colorado Independent Publishers Association is a nonprofit statewide cooperative of authors, independent book publishers, and publishing professionals founded in 1992 by Evelyn Kaye, the awards’ namesake. CIPA’s mission is to encourage cooperative efforts and the free exchange of information, experience, and expertise to help members achieve and prosper, while also assisting the writing and marketing of their books through cooperative ventures, education, and networking. Find CIPA on the web at

We look forward to celebrating with you the best that independent publishing has to offer!