Book Shows, Festivals & Education

Upcoming events

    • 01 Mar 2021
    • (EST)
    • 31 May 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Online Registration Opens March 1

    8th Annual IPNE Book Awards

    Registration Now Open!

    Is your book a winner?  It's time to let the world know and get the recognition that book deserves.  

    Enter the 2021 IPNE Book Awards!

    If you have a book with a publication date of 2019, 2020 or 2021, you are eligible to enter the 8th Annual IPNE Book Awards.

    Along with the gratification and marketing opportunities that winning a respected book award offers, winners will also be showcased on the IPNE website through 2021, receive a 2021 IPNE Book Award e-medallion for display on social media channels, websites, and marketing materials, and be honored at the annual IPNE book award ceremony. The submissions period runs from March 1 to May 31. 

    Each book will be judged by three independent judges, drawn from a panel of literary scholars, librarians and other qualified reviewers selected by IPNE's 2021 Book Awards Committee.

    All entries will compete within their categories, and also for the top prize as IPNE Book of the Year. Last year's IPNE Book Award winners can be found here.

    Entry Fees

    For Members, the fee is $45 per title  (one category), and $25 per additional category. 

    For Non-Members, the entry fee is $70 per title (one category).

    Become a member of IPNE and be eligible for the member submission rate. 

    Registration includes one of the following categories for each book entered. You  can register for as many categories as you wish for $25 each.
    1. LITERARY FICTION: Written as literary work, does not fit traditional formulas of genre fiction.

    2. GENRE FICTION: Mystery, romance, science fiction, fantasy, inspirational, etc.
    3. CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Picture book, early reader, middle grade
    6. NARRATIVE NONFICTION: Biography, memoir, nonfiction that tells a story.
    7. INFORMATIONAL NONFICTION: Directories, travel guides, how-to, self-help, reference, etc.
    8. POETRY
    10. DESIGN: Cover and interior are evaluated. 

    Entry Process & Information

    • Register online (link)
    • Submit your payment via online registration or send check with books
    • * Mail 4 copies of your book to IPNE
    • * E-Book - Please note we only accept hard copies of books for the Book Awards; e-books will not be accepted

    Save the Date for IPNE’s Annual Conference and Book Awards - Nov. 2021 date to be announced.

    Winners will be announced live during the second day of the conference. Entrants are welcome to bring guests for a celebratory dinner and awards ceremony.

    If you have questions or would like volunteer to help with this event please email

     About the Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE)

    The Independent Publishers of New England (IPNE) is an organization of professionals, authors, and companies who collaborate to help each other learn and succeed in the independent book publishing field.

    The IPNE Book Awards continue to be a favorite of IPNE members and other indie publishers. Winning a book award or being named a finalist not only brings a sense of personal validation but provides countless opportunities for promoting and marketing your book!


    Depending on the number of submissions for a category, IPNE reserves the right to combine, divide or otherwise modify the award categories. In the event that categories are added for a particular genre, consolidated, or eliminated, the submission will be judged in the category(ies) most relevant to the submission(s). IPNE’sBook Awards are facilitated by a volunteer committee that is made up of IPNE members and governed by the IPNE Board of Directors.

    • 16 Mar 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    • 15

    IPNE -Vermont Regional Group

    TOPIC: "Social Media Strategies for the Rest of Us!" with Samantha Kolber, Marketing Director for Rootstock Publishing 

    A free way for indie authors and publishers to get the word out about their books? Who wouldn't jump at the chance? 

    Leveraging free social media can significantly boost your book-marketing efforts. Although clearly not everyone is comfortable using tech platforms like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or Twitter, we hope that this informal session will help you incorporate these tools into your marketing toolbox.

    Social media expert Samantha Kolber of Rootstock will give a brief topic presentation; then you're invited to ask questions and share samples of your books and promotional material. Each attendee will be able to screen-share their website or images.

    • Click to join the Zoom Meeting
    • Meeting ID: 914 9556 5434
    • Passcode: 459861

    This and all group meetings are open to all. We hope that you will consider joining IPNE for the full range of member benefits. If you are a member, we invite you to use #IPNEMember hashtag on social media for chance to win books and publishing services.

    For more information about the group, contact organizers Cheryl Wilfong, Heart Path Press and Lynn Levine, Heartwood Press, or email

    Contribute to the lively discussion on our Vermont Google Group!

    • 17 Mar 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Zoom
    • 19

    IPNE  Metro Boston Group Meetup

    TOPIC:  Pre-Marketing Your Book

    Producing a well-written and edited, beautifully designed book is only the beginning of a publisher's journey.

    Book marketing experts agree that getting the word out should start several months before you get a copy in your hot little hands.

    This meeting will build on the pre-publication portion of our discussion on the Feb. 25 episode of Face The Book TV, "Book Marketing Timeline" Free to contact the coordinator if you have a marketing question or experience you'd like to present.

    After the brief topic presentation, members are invited to ask questions and share samples of their books and promotional material. Each attendee will be able to screen-share their website or images.

    Join Zoom Meeting
    Meeting ID: 985 4470 5628
    Passcode: 549210

    All IPNE regional group meetings are open. A discounted membership code for half-price membership or renewal for attendees will be announced during the event. Use #IPNEMember hashtag on social media for chance to win books and publishing services. 

    Although an RSVP is appreciated and is useful in the event of a change in schedule, it is not required. Invite a friend! Metro Boston Publishers coordinator is IPNE board member Charlotte Pierce.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software