ForeWord INDIES Book of the Year Awards Submission

Winning the “Book of the Year” award from Foreword Magazine can help separate a self-published author’s book from the crowd.  That’s why, Outskirts Press encourages its authors to submit their books to the awards.


Winning a book award helps separate your book from the rest—especially when it is the coveted Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

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Become an Award-Winning Author in the Forword INDIES Awards

Win $1,500
by entering your book in the...

Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards was established to bring increased attention from librarians and booksellers to the literary achievements of independent publishers and their authors.

The Foreword award process is unique because a jury of their readers, librarians and booksellers is used to select their top categories as well as choose the winning books. In making award decisions, they take into consideration editorial excellence, professional production, narrative originality, author credentials and the overall value the book adds to its target audience.

Sit back and relax while we handle all of the details:

  • Registering your book with Foreword Connections
  • Filling out the required entry forms
  • Printing, shipping and handling costs of your book to the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards judges.
  • Remitting the award submission fee


All finalists and winners are notified via email. First, second and third place winners are awarded in each category.  A $1,500 cash prize will also be awarded to Best Fiction and Best Nonfiction as determined by the editors of Foreword Reviews. Winners and finalists will also be featured in Foreword Reviews magazine. 

Important information about copyright date eligibility: If you are purchasing this option the same year as the copyright date on your book, you are eligible. If you are purchasing it the year after your copyright date, check with our marketing department about your eligibility. If it is two years after your copyright date, you are no longer eligible for this contest.

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