Thanks to everyone who submitted their book. The CIPA EVVY Entries are now closed for submission.


22nd Annual Book Awards Competition

What are the CIPA EVVY Awards

The CIPA EVVY awards is one of the longest-running book awards competition on the Indie publishing scene. It is sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), along with the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF).

It is international with entries from all over the world, including England, Belgium, South Africa, Russia and Dubai.  Averaging over 200 entries in 39 book categories and 8 technical categories, the CIPA EVVYs continue to provide an excellent way for independent authors to gain recognition for their hard work.

The judging is tough—the way a book competition should be. Judges are selected through CIPA’s competition judging qualification process and include teachers, business leaders, authors, critics, editors, readers and others.

Entries must achieve certain levels in scoring in order to be eligible for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and merit awards.

CIPA EVVY entries are judged and scored according to established minimum acceptable criteria. Only those entries that attain the minimum acceptable score become finalists with the highest scores in each category used by the judges to help determine each category’s winners, if any.

Why Authors Enter

Traditional literary awards are genre specific or only open to members of the sponsoring organization.

High quality, independently published books and books from small presses are often overlooked in favor of works sponsored by big publishers.

The CIPA EVVYS are open to all types of independently published books, regardless of CIPA membership. The EVVYS recognize achievement across a diverse range of genres and technical categories.

Quality matters, not affiliation. In addition to critical recognition and the credibility afforded by the rigorous judging process, winning a CIPA EVVY has produced tangible results for authors, including:

•    Increased book sales
•    Better marketing position
•    Distribution deals
Enter today and take advantage of the opportunity to showcase your book.

Award Submission Categories

Regular Categories (click to view)
Technical Categories (click to view)

Awards Banquet & Ceremony

Save the date: Saturday, August 20, 2016

Location: Forney Museum, Denver, CO


February 18, 2016:  Entries are open for acceptance.

May 21, 2016:  Last day to receive entries.

August 1, 2016:  All finalists announced.

August 20, 2016:  Awards Banquet & Ceremony (Details coming soon! The location will be the Forney Museum in Denver, CO.)

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Fun Fact: The CIPA EVVYs are named for CIPA founder, Evelyn Kaye.

Past CIPA EVVY Award Winners

 2015 2014 20131998

CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (CIPA ELF) is a nonprofit Colorado corporation that is tax exempt and recognized as a Public Charity under the provisions of IRC Section 501(c)(3). CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation is listed in IRS Publication 78 and registered with the State of Colorado. Contributions to CIPA ELF are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

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