The 5th Annual $1,500 "Best Book of the Year" Award

You could win $1,500 just for publishing with Outskirts Press ...

No promotion code is necessary. Simply order your Diamond or full-color Pearl publishing package and publish your book this year with a 2014 copyright date. The talented author of the best book we publish this year will win the $1,500 Grand Prize plus a lot of bragging rights!

Outskirts Press is the only place where...

  • you keep 100% of your rights
  • you keep 100% of your royalties
  • you keep 100% of the control

Since you are going to be publishing anyway, your book might as well be in the running for the "Best Book of the Year Award" and $1,500 at the same time, right?

  • Consider it a refund (and then some) on your award-winning publishing package
  • Or use it to publish your next book (or two) with Outskirts Press for free
  • Or use it to purchase optional marketing services or products to promote your award-winning book

Regardless of what you do with the $1,500 credit to your account, an exclusive award graphic will be added to your cover design as a permanent testament to your book's quality.

2013 Best Book of the Year
No Fear, by Lesha Fite

2012 Best Book of the Year

It's a Family Affair, by Sharon Rhodes

2011 Best Book of the Year

Pathway to Math Proficiency:
Mastering Equivalent Fractions, Decimals and Percents…with Ease
, by Susan Mercer

2010 Best Book of the Year

The Beads of Lapis Lazuli, by Doris Kenney Marcotte


 Rules and Eligibility
(in other words, here is how the Outskirts Press "Best Book of the Year" is determined):

1. Every year we hand-select 2%-5% of the best books we published within the past year (as determined by our production and marketing departments along with our executive staff) for official nomination to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association EVVY Awards. Your book must receive an Official Outskirts Press EVVY Nomination from us and you must accept the nomination, which includes the EVVY Nomination entry fee, the cost of the judge's copies for your book, and the shipping/handling fee to complete your application on your behalf.

2. In addition to being a well-written book, Official Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominations must be published under our Diamond or full-color Pearl package and must be in English. Typically, EVVY Nominees are copyedited and feature custom cover designs.

3. Your book must win an EVVY Award to be considered a Best Book of the Year contender. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place EVVY Awards are awarded in a number of different categories, along with merit award-winners. EVVY-winning books are announced in the late spring/early summer at the Colorado Independent Publishers Association Awards Banquet in Denver.

4. From among all the EVVY-winning Outskirts Press books, 3 will be chosen by Outskirts Press to be the finalists. These choices are final. All three finalist books will receive promotion in our newsletters and on our social networks, including links to the respective author webpages, book video trailers (if any), ebook or Kindle editions (if any), and any other marketing efforts the three authors have put into place. Award-winning authors realize that marketing and promotion are a vital piece of success.

5. The ultimate Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award will be determined by the readers of blog in an open, public vote. Yes, that means the three finalists hold their own fate in their hands. The Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award is meant to demonstrate to agents, editors, and publishers that the author has the talent to excel at writing an award winning book and the tenacity to excel at marketing it. Being a finalist means you have the talent. Do you have the marketing tenacity to get the most votes for YOUR book in an open, public vote? Leverage your Twitter and Facebook accounts; email everyone you know and ask them to vote for your book. The voting will determine the most talented writer with the best author platform.

It could be you walking away with the $1,500 Grand Prize and the Best Book of the Year Award!

Listen to one of our authors below, in her own words. Read comments from many others. And then start publishing today.

Not sure which package is right for you? Assign your Publishing Consultant with a refundable $35 deposit. No extra cost and no risk.

Our two best packages are eligible for the Best Book of the Year Awards.  The $1,500 is credited to the author's Outskirts Press shopping cart account within 30 days following the public voting that determines the award-winning book. The EVVY Awards are an independent book awards contest held by the Colorado Independent Book Publishers Association. In the unlikely event the EVVY Awards do not take place and/or no Outskirts Press book wins an EVVY Award, alternate methods for determining the finalists will be announced.



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