Save the date – August 24th, 2021!

We will be announcing the 2021 CIPA EVVY™ Winners at our annual banquet.

This year the banquet will be held at The Blake Street Tavern, Tailgate Room.

Stay tuned for more information to come. 


What are the CIPA EVVY™ Awards?

The CIPA EVVYs™ is one of the longest-running book award competitions on the Indie publishing scene, running for nearly 27 years. The annual contest is sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), along with the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF).

The CIPA EVVYs™ receive entries from all over the world, including England, Belgium, South Africa, Russia, and Dubai. With a growing number of entries in the nearly 50 categories, the CIPA EVVYs™ continue to provide an excellent way for independent authors to gain recognition for their work.

How are the entries judged?

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

CIPA EVVY™ entries are reviewed and scored according to established minimum criteria. Awards in each category are based on highest scores; however, in order to be eligible for 1st place, 2nd place, 3rd place, each book must receive the minimum scoring requirements set for each award level.

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 membership status with the Colorado Independent Publishers Association. The CIPA EVVYs™ recognize achievement across a diverse range of genres and technical categories.

In addition to critical recognition and the credibility afforded by the rigorous judging process, being a winner of the CIPA EVVY™ Book Awards has produced tangible results for authors, including:

  • PR opportunities
  • Increased book sales
  • Better marketing position
  • Distribution deals

Award Submission Categories

Regular Categories: Nonfiction Genres (click to view)

  • Academic/Educational
  • Animals/Pets
  • Art/Architecture/Design/Photography
  • Biography/Autobiography/Memoir—General/Historical
  • Business—General/Careers/Communications/Entrepreneurship/Finance/Marketing/Public Relations/Technology/Writing and Publishing
  • Children Nonfiction
  • Cooking/Entertaining—General/International
  • Cultural Studies/Social Issues
  • Health/Fitness/Medicine/Sports
  • History—General/Military/United States
  • How-To
  • Motivational/Inspirational
  • Narrative Nonfiction
  • Parenting & Family Life
  • Poetry
  • Self Help—General/Relationships
  • Spiritual/Religion
  • Travel/Outdoors

Regular Categories: Fiction Genres (click to view)

  • Action/Adventure
  • Animals/Pets/Nature
  • Children’s Picture Books
  • Children’s Story Books
  • Fantasy/Folklore/Mythology
  • Historical
  • Horror—Psychological Horror/Gothic Horror/Occult
  • Humor
  • Juvenile Fiction—Middle Grade
  • Literary & Contemporary Fiction
  • Multicultural Fiction—American experience from minority points of view.
  • Mystery/Crime/Detective—General Mystery/Cozy/Historical/Police Procedural/Paranormal
  • Religious/ Spiritual Fiction
  • Romance—Christian/Contemporary/Romantic Comedy/Erotic Romance/Paranormal/Gothic/Historical/Regency/Reverse Harem/Romantic Suspense/Western
  • Science Fiction—Hard Sci-Fi/Post-Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Military Sci-Fi/Alternate History/Cyberpunk/Steampunk
  • Thrillers/Suspense—Espionage Psychological/ Historical/Medical/Supernatural/Military/ Techno
  • Westerns
  • Women’s Fiction—These plot lines are characterized by central female characters who face challenges, difficulties, and crises that have a direct relationship to gender.
  • Young Adult 14 – 18 Years-old

Technical Categories (click to view)

  • Audio Books
  • Children’s Illustration
  • Cover Design
  • Editing
  • General Illustration
  • Interior Layout/Design
  • Printing & Binding


Submissions are CLOSED March 31, 2021.

  • Early Bird Entries – February 15, 2021 – March 21, 2021
  • Regular Entries – March 22, 2021 – May 31, 2021
  • 2021 CIPA EVVY™ Submission Deadline: May 31, 2021 at 5 p.m. MDT

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

Past CIPA EVVY™ Award Winners


Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA) is a nonprofit corporation organized under the laws of the State of Colorado and is a tax exempt corporation under IRC Section 501(c)(6).