2024 AAMBC Indie Book of the Year Contest

AAMBC's Book of the Year Contest is recognizing outstanding achievements by indie authors. Entries are limited to independently (indie) published books, including those from small presses, e-book publishers, and self-published authors. All submissions must be written in English.

Submission Deadline: 12 Noon (EST), June 15th.

The AAMBC Indie Book of the Year Contest is a legitimate writing competition. Entries will be judged based on multiple writing skills, which include story-telling ability, author’s ability to engage the reader, transitions, hooks, pacing, movement of the story, author’s skill with voice, character, dialogue, narrative, grammar, and punctuation.

Entries must be independently published (self-published), or published by a qualifying small press.

Books that are not accepted: Works that are under a conventional publishing contract with a major publisher. (HarperCollins, Harlequin, etc.)
*No hardcore erotica.
Books must be in English and currently available to the public.

Official Entry

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Authors or Representatives can enter a book. If you are the author, please skip this box and proceed to the next field.
If you are a publisher, book promotor, or representative entering on behalf of the author, please provide your (1.) Name (2.) Email (3.) Phone Number (4.) Relationship to the author. Otherwise, leave blank. We also require the author’s correct email in the next section.
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Please provide us with the author’s correct email address. (Please make sure it is correct.) *Use only lowercase letters. If you are a representative of the author, you are still required to provide the author’s direct email. Please note: Yahoo and AOL addresses are not well-supported. If you use either, you may not receive mail from us. This is no fault of ours, but rather a problem within AOL and/or Yahoo.
Author’s Mailing Address
The AUTHOR’s mailing address is required to enter. Please type the Author’s full mailing address. (We only ship awards directly to the author, not representatives.)
(In case we have any questions about your entry.)
Name the book was written under. (Real Name, Pen Name etc.)
(The Book Blurb Only) This is for promotional purposes only. Do not put reviews or prologues on the form. Only the book blurb.
*Tip: You can click and hold the bottom right corner of the text area and drag it down to make it bigger.
Choose one or more that apply.
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Enter Year. (We accept all publication dates.)
Name of publisher. (If you published the book yourself, or you own the publishing company, type “Self”.)
Click or drag a file to this area to upload.
Select a file for upload. (Mobi, Doc, Docx, ePub, or PDF) Do NOT gift us a Kindle book. Please follow the instructions as outlined here. We do not accept gifted Kindle books, or links to read books online, or locked books.
(For PDF: Single page only. No double-facing page book block versions.)
Please name your file with author name and book title before uploading. (Example: CharlesDickens-OliverTwist.doc ) Please upload your full book for entry. If you have any problem uploading your file, please submit the form without it and then email the file, including the name of the book and author to [email protected] (If your file is too large to email, you can use a free Dropbox account and send a link to [email protected].) We are not accepting hard copies at this time.
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*Not Required but helpful* Providing us with a chapter-by-chapter outline may help improve your ranking in the contest, but it is not required. (If you are not already familiar with writing a chapter-by-chapter outline, it is a good idea to become adept at doing so as most agents and publishers still want these.) Doc, docx or PDF formats allowed. Do not submit a blurb or table of contents in place of a chapter-by-chapter outline. (A chapter-by-chapter outline of your book means exactly that. Write a brief summary of every chapter that gives us the plot points and what the character is experiencing. Make sure you head each summary with the Chapter number.) View FAQs for more info.
This should be a website link to where the book is available. We prefer a link to where the book is for sale on Amazon. (Example: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0061124958)
A link to your website. Should start with http:// or https:// (example: http://mywebsite.com ) If you don’t have a website, you can use your author profile page on Amazon.
By submitting an entry, you agree to our Terms, and you understand that this is a contest and that no refunds are given. See Full Terms Here (Opens in separate window.)
Uploading or Emailing File(s)?
(Please note: If uploading your book file using this form, the file will begin to upload after you click the Add to Cart button below.) You will be taken to the cart once this process has been completed. The time it takes will depend on the size of the file and your internet connection. (It may take up to several minutes.) If you have any problems with uploading your files, please submit the form without them and then email the files, including the name of the book and author to [email protected] (If your file is too large to email, you can use a free Dropbox account and send a link to [email protected].)

Important Dates

Submissions Open  | March 18, 2024

Submissions Close | June 15, 2024

Winner Announced | August 4, 2024