Submissions for the 2021 U.S. Selfies book awards are accepted from authors living in the U.S. who have self-published their own book, by which is meant where they have undertaken the editing, design and marketing for their book themselves, or have paid for all or more than half of these publishing expenses through a hybrid publisher. Only adult fiction titles or children’s/YA books published in 2020 that are 100,000 words or less are eligible. 


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Registration for the U.S. Selfies book awards is $50.  Once you have signed up, a link will be sent to you to enable access to the online submission form to complete the entry process.

The submission form asks for: your name, your illustrator’s name (if applicable), contact details, title of book being submitted, blurb/marketing copy, when first published, sales since published, how many books you have published altogether, whether you have an agent or not, whether you have been conventionally published or not, a short description of the marketing and publicity you have undertaken and a synopsis (outline of the story/content of the book).  In addition, you are required to include an electronic copy of the book to be submitted together with its cover.  NB Please ignore the fields at the end entitled ‘Allocated to’, ‘Book rating’ and ‘Shortlist rating’.  These are for judging purposes only. 

A preliminary judging panel will review all submissions and draw up a shortlist of up to 10 books in each category for the final judging panels. The shortlists will be announced in May via BookLife and the U.S. Selfies book awards website. The expert judging panels will then select winners in both categories.

The prize for each of the winning authors is $1,000 cash plus a $5,000 advertising package consisting of print and digital marketing in Publishers Weekly. The winning titles will also be featured at trade shows and promoted to 30,000 librarians via CBE. 

The winners will be announced in June at the American Library Association conference (ALA); further details to be announced.