Next Generation Indie Book Awards

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards is a literary awards program that recognizes and honors authors and publishers of exceptional independently published books in 70 different categories.[1][2] "Indies" include small presses, larger independent publishers, university presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors.[3]

Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Sponsored byIndependent Book Publishing Professionals Group, Allen O’Shea Literary Agency
First awarded2007


The not-for-profit [4] awards program was founded in 2007 by Catherine Goulet and is presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with co-founder Marilyn Allen of Allen O’Shea Literary Agency. The judges are professionals from the book publishing industry, including literary agents, editors, publishing executives, book reviewers, writing teachers, and authors.[5][6][7]

Cash prizes and medals are awarded to winners and finalists ranging from $100 to $1,500,[8] grand prize winners are also awarded a trophy,[9] and the top books in each category are reviewed by literary agents for possible representation. The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are announced each year during BookExpo America in a catalog distributed to BookExpo attendees.[10] Winners and Finalists are honored at a reception during BookExpo America. The awards ceremonies are held at landmark locations in New York City including the Plaza Hotel [11][12] and the Harvard Club of New York.[13] In 2016 the ceremony was held at the Newberry Library in Chicago.[14]

The Next Generation Indie Book Awards program has been said to be the 'Sundance' of the book publishing world.[15][16]



The awards were announced May 31, 2017 for books released or with a copyright date in 2015, 2016 or 2017.



  • First place: Fireflies in the Night, by Nalini Warriar (Warriar Books)
  • Second place: Know the Mother, by Desiree Cooper (Wayne State University Press)[17]
  • Third place: The Coney Island Hot Dog Heist, by Kimberly Meehan (Self-Published)


The winners and finalists were announced in May of each of these years.


The awards were announced June 12, 2012, for books published in 2011.[18]


  • First place: Inner Visions: Grassroots Stories of Truth and Hope, by Jan Thrope
  • Second place: Put the Needle on the Record: The 1980s at 45 Revolutions Per Minute, by Matthew Chojnacki
  • Third place: Strategy for Good: Business Giving Strategies for the 21st Century, by Susan A. Hyatt


  • First place: The Parsifal Pursuit, by Michael McMenamin and Patrick McMenamin
  • Second place: A Little Leg Work, by Royce Leville
  • Third place: Walter's Muse, by Jean Davies Okimoto


The awards were announced May 24, 2011 for books published in 2010.[19]


  • First place: Last Chance: Preserving Life on Earth, by Larry J. Schweiger
  • Second place: Touching: Poems of Love, Longing, and Desire, edited by Sari Friedman and D. Patrick Miller
  • Third place: Serve to Lead: Your Transformational 21st Century Leadership System, by James M. Strock


  • First place: Carny: A Novel in Stories, by James Hitt
  • Second place: The DeValera Deception, by Michael McMenamin & Patrick McMenamin
  • Third place: I Can Only Give You Everything, by Bradford Tatum


The awards were announced May 25, 2010, for books published in 2009.[20]


  • First place: American Idle: A Journey Through Our Sedentary Culture, by Mary Collins
  • Second place: Phlogs: Journey to the Heart of the Human Predicament, by George Stranahan and Nicole Beinstein Strait
  • Third place: Ophelia's Oracle: Discovering the Healthy, Happy, Self-Aware, and Confident Girl in the Mirror, by Donna DeNomme and Tina Proctor


  • First place: The Hiding Place of Thunder, by Keith Remer
  • Second place: Shaken Allegiances, by Michel Bruneau
  • Third place: The Bum Magnet, by K.L. Brady


The 2009 awards were announced for books published in 2008.[21]


  • First place: Nightshift NYC, by Russell Leigh Sharman and Cheryl Harris Sharman
  • Second place: Great Peacemakers, by Ken Beller and Heather Chase
  • Third place: Call Me Okaasan: Adventures in Multicultural Mothering, Suzanne Kamata


  • First place: BUFFALOed, by Fairlee Winfield
  • Second place: Hunter: A Novel, by Campbell Jefferys
  • Third place: The Misadventures of Oliver Booth: Life in the Lap of Luxury, by David Desmond


The 2008 awards were announced for books published in 2007.[22]


  • First place: Lines of Velocity: Words that Move from WriteGirl, by Keren Taylor
  • Second place: Spiritual Capitalism: How 9/11 Gave us Nine Spiritual Lessons of Work and Business, by Peter Ressler and Monika Mitchell Ressler
  • Third place: Who's Behind the Fairy Doors?, by Jonathan B. Wright


  • First place: Zublinka Among Women, by Robert Wexelblatt
  • Second place: The Pale Surface of Things, by Janey Bennett
  • Third place: Moondance, by Karen M. Black


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  13. "Conversations with Richard Fidler". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  14. "Dave Riese pens a best indie book of 2016". Retrieved 2016-07-20.
  15. "The Fiction Gallery". Retrieved 2010-12-14.
  16. "What is the Sundance of Indie Books? | Publish with Connie". Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  17. "Wayne State University Press". Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  18. "2012 winners". Indies website. Archived from the original on May 22, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  19. "2011 winners". Indies website. Archived from the original on March 5, 2013. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
  20. "2010 winners". Indies website. Archived from the original on July 5, 2012. Retrieved June 12, 2012.
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