Every year, Outskirts Press nominates approximately 5% of the books published during the course of the year for official submission to the EVVY Awards, sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.
Official EVVY Award nominations are hand-picked by Outskirts Press executives and members of the production teams. These nominations represent the very best of our yearly publications.
Being invited is a huge accomplishment. Congratulations! But don't stop now. To accept your nomination and enter the awards, you must order this optional service. To learn more about how we select our nominees, read this blog by the Outskirts Press President, Brent Sampson.
The EVVY Awards recognize excellence in independently published books. Sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), the EVVY Awards are judged by a panel of professionals on a qualitative scale of merit in approximately twenty different categories.
All Colorado publishers who are members of CIPA are eligible to enter for recognition and awards. Every year, Outskirts Press wins more EVVY Awards than any other participating publisher.
First, second, and third place winners, along with "Merit" winners, are recognized in each category. Outskirts Press will most likely, but is not obligated to, announce finalists and/or winners in one or more of our on-going marketing efforts, like the email newsletter, on our Facebook page, and/or via press release distribution.
Potential Outskirts Press nominees are notified via email. If you wish to accept your nomination, you must complete your order from this screen. This fee includes the EVVY Award submission fee through CIPA, the cost of all the judges' copies of the book, shipping & handling, and the completion of all the submission forms on your behalf. Outskirts Press may, but is not obligated to, consult with the author on the most appropriate category to enter. While there is no obligation to accept the nomination, you must accept it if you want Outskirts Press to submit your book to the EVVY Awards. The EVVY Awards fee becomes non-refundable once ordered.
Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to winning the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award and its $1,500 Grand Prize!
EVVY-winning Outskirts Press books are automatically considered for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year Award for no additional cost. Learn more about the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year award (including previous winners) by clicking here.
EVVY-Award Winners are announced each summer/fall during a banquet dinner celebration in Denver, Colorado. The 3 Best Book of the Year finalists are announced shortly thereafter.
Like all book contests, the EVVY Awards are very competitive and only the highest-caliber books are recognized from the publisher's submissions across the state. Unlike other book contests, however, fewer than 200 total entries are usually submitted, increasing the statistical odds that an Outskirts Press Official Nominee will be recognized as an award-winning publication.
If your book is nominated to be an official Outskirts Press nominee, you will receive an email from us informing you of the good news. At that point, you must complete your nomination order to accept your nomination and move ever closer to an EVVY Award and perhaps recognition as the author of the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year! Good luck!
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How are official Outskirts Press EVVY Award Nominees determined?
Due to the high number of books we publish every year, only One-Click, Ultimate, and Full-Color books are eligible for consideration. Every year, we solicit feedback from our executive committee, publishing consultants, designers, editors, and representatives. Our Official EVVY Nominees are always books we are particularly proud of because of their beautiful custom covers, professional interior designs, meticulous copyediting, and entertaining and/or informative content presented in a proficient, talented manner.
Sometimes these decisions are subjective (as all book contests ultimately are), but there are some logistic steps a savvy author can take to significantly increase the odds of receiving an official EVVY Award nomination: invest in a custom cover design and enhanced or custom interior and have your book professionally edited.
2. How do I accept my nomination?
You will receive an official nomination email from Outskirts Press if your book is nominated for an EVVY Award. This email will include a link to accept the nomination and pay the EVVY Award entry fee. The fee will automatically be added to your Outskirts Press account and shopping cart. Accepting your EVVY nomination includes all the costs (books, shipping, and administrative costs) involved in submitting your book to the EVVY Awards on your behalf. There are no additional costs for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year contest. Every EVVY-winning book will be considered automatically and three EVVY Winners will be chosen as finalists for the Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year at the discretion of the Outskirts Press executive team.
3. What happens after I accept the nomination?
We will take care of all the details for submitting your book to the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) EVVY Awards, including the forms, the fees, and sending hard copies to all the different judges. CIPA usually (but not always) informs us of their EVVY finalists prior to the Award Ceremony. Awards are announced during the annual EVVY Awards Banquet in Denver, Colorado, which usually takes place in the late summer/early fall. We publicize finalists and the date of the banquet on our blog at Self-Publishing News, so it's a good idea to subscribe to our blog in order to be notified via email of all new announcements. We also announce all the EVVY winners on our blog after the event.
Winners who are unable to attend the event in person will receive their awards in the mail. Winning an EVVY Award is a prerequisite to being an Outskirts Press Best Book of the Year finalist, and we announce those three finalists from among all the EVVY winners on our blog shortly after the EVVY Awards.
4. What if I am not able to attend the EVVY Award ceremony?
We will be there to accept the award on your behalf if you're unable to attend (and we will mail you your award certificate)—but we hope you can make it! We love meeting our authors in person!