FAQs

What is the prize for?

For 2023, there are three prizes available: best fiction, best children’s book and best memoir/autobiography independently published by its author in the U.S. during the period under consideration (for the 2023 prize, this is anything published between January 2022 and December 2022).

What are the judges looking for?
  • A story that delights and entertains the reader
  • A well produced book
  • A well designed cover and intriguing blurb
  • A marketing and publicity strategy that addresses the relevant audience and has the potential for great sales
When and how do I need to submit my work?

The 2023 dates will be announced shortly.  For further information, please email selfiesbookawardsus@booklife.com.

Who won the previous U.S. Selfies book awards?
Tim Westover was the winner of the inaugural U.S. Selfies book award for his novel The Winter Sisters.  Read more news here.  In 2021, the winner of the adult fiction category was Lilianne Milgrom for her novel L’Origine while author Naibe Reynoso and illustrator Ana Varela took the children’s book prize for their picture book How to Fold a Taco; for more details please see here.
What is the Prize?

In 2023, all authors submitting work will receive a free subscription to BookLife, the online resource that provides tips, news and information for indie and self-published authors, plus 50% off Combined Book Exhibit’s (CBE) published rates for any trade show in 2023.

All shortlisted authors will be featured in an advertisement in PW’s ALA preview issue, a book display at one CBE trade show and a feature in the CBE Library Newsletter which goes to 30,000 librarians.

The winners will each receive $1,000 cash plus a $5,000 package of advertising in Publishers Weekly (PW), both in print and online, plus free display at five trade shows on the CBE schedule in 2023 and a feature in the CBE Library Newsletter. 

What are the key timings for the 2023 Selfies?
  • Submissions will open in February and close in March
  • The shortlists will be announced in May via BookLife, Publishers Weekly and other partners
  • The winner will be announced in June 
What are the criteria for work to be accepted?
  • Titles must be adult fiction, children’s/YA or memoir/autobiography self-published in the U.S. in English between January and December 2022
  • Adult fiction titles should be between 70,000 and 100,000 words long
  • The author (and illustrator if applicable) must live in the U.S.
  • The book must be submitted as a PDF, e-book or other digital file
What happens if I have further questions or problems submitting my work?
  • Please check your spam if you don’t receive a confirmation email with the link to submit your work once you have subscribed via the BookLife site
  • If you can’t find the email, or have problems subscribing, please email selfiesbookawardsus@booklife.com.