CIPA EVVY book awards

2019 CIPA EVVY Book Competition - Closed 

View 2019 Finalists here.

Submission Deadline: May 18, 2019 at 5pm (MST).


The 2019 competition is open to any independently or self-published print book, or audio book and may be submitted by the author, publisher or credited service provider (Illustrator, designer, editor, printer, consultant, etc). CIPA membership is NOT REQUIRED.

Each entry:

  • Must be in English or Bilingual with English as one of the languages.
  • Must have an ISBN and a publication date no earlier than 2017.
  • Must not have been entered in any previous CIPA EVVY Awards competition. However, a book that has been revised and has been printed in a second edition may enter the CIPA EVVYs a second time.

Timeline for Entries

February 16, 2019:  Entries are open for acceptance.

Early Bird Pricing: 2/16/19 - 3/16/19

Regular Pricing: 3/17/19 - 5/8/19

Late Pricing: 5/9/19 - 5/18/19 (5pm, MST)

Pricing details here

May 18, 2019, 5pm (MST):  Last day to receive entries (including books).

July 31, 2019:  All finalists announced.

August 2019: 25th Annual CIPA EVVY Awards Banquet & Ceremony.

Ask An EVVY Question:

Submission Categories

Each book entered must be submitted in at least ONE regular category. You may submit your book in as many regular categories and as many technical categories as you wish. To enter a technical category, the book must be submitted in a regular category first.

  • The audio book category is listed under the technical categories section.
  • EACH category entered requires a submission fee. (See “Fees and Submission Requirements”)

Unsure of which category to enter, watch our video elaborating on the category choices here:

*Some genres below are followed by sub-genres.*

Regular Categories: Nonfiction Genres (click to view)

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

Regular Categories: Fiction Genres (click to view)

  • Action/Adventure
  • Animals/Pets/Nature
  • Children Picture Books
  • Children Story Books
  • Comic/Graphic Novels
  • Fantasy/Fairytale/Folklore/Mythology—High Fantasy/Epic Fantasy/Dark Fantasy/Urban Fantasy/Historical Fantasy/Contemporary Fantasy/Magical Realism
  • Historical
  • Horror—Psychological Horror/Gothic Horror/Occult
  • Humor
  • Juvenile/Middle Grade/8-14 yr
  • Literary/Contemporary
  • Multicultural Fiction—American experience from minority points of view.
  • Mystery/Crime/Detective—General Mystery/Cozy/Historical/Police Procedural/Paranormal
  • New Adult—For Readers 18-30 Years of Age
  • Religious/Spiritual
  • 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
  • Suspense/Thrillers—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 yr

Technical Categories (click to view)

  • Audio Books
  • Cover Design
  • Editing
  • Illustration/Children
  • Illustration/General
  • Interior Layout/Design
  • Printing

Award Entry Fees

Early Bird Pricing, 2/16/19 - 3/16/19

Regular Pricing, 3/17/19 - 5/8/19

Late Pricing, 5/9/19 - 5/18/19**

ONE Regular Category:
Members $ 75, Non-Members $ 95
ONE Regular Category:
Members $ 85, Non-Members $ 105
ONE Regular Category:
Members $ 100, Non-Members $ 120
Additional Regular Categories*:
Members $ 60, Non-Members $ 80
Additional Regular Categories*:
Members $ 65, Non-Members $ 87
Additional Regular Categories*:
Members $ 75, Non-Members $ 95
Technical Category*:
Members $ 25, Non-Members $ 35
Technical Category*:
Members $ 30, Non-Members $ 42
Technical Category*:
Members $ 30, Non-Members $ 42

*Additional and Technical Categories must be for the same book title as listed in the Book Title Submission. All submissions to Technical Categories must be accompanied by a Book Title Submission of the same title. For additional book titles, register under a new Book Title Submission.

**All entries must be received at CIPA ANNEX B, c/o CIPA EVVY AWARDS, 3361 W. Monmouth Ave., Englewood, CO 80110 by 5:00 PM (MST) on Saturday, May 18, 2019.  Postmark will not be accepted. NO Exceptions.

Submissions may be paid online by credit card or by PayPal. Checks are not accepted.

Note: Technical Categories must have at least one regular category entry also (per book title). Actual categories are selected when you complete the EVVY Entry Form following payment.

The Judging Process

Judges are selected based on expertise, experience and acceptance of responsibilities. Preference is given to those who have prior judging experience. CIPA members may be judges. All judges are required to abide by the judging guidelines and code of ethics. The names of the judges are confidential and will not be published.

Individual entry scores are confidential and will remain the property of the Colorado Independent Publishers Association.

All submissions must pass a preliminary round before advancing to the judging. If the book has 2 or more errors (mechanical, grammatical, spelling) on any random 5 pages, it will not advance.

Judging Regular Category Entries is initially scored using the CIPA EVVY Scoring System consisting of 15 scored questions. Entries receiving a minimum average score of 70 on a scale of 0 – 100 are judged and scored by a 2nd judge.  Entries that have received a minimum aggregate average score of 70 AND are deemed award worthy by both judges are designated.

Technical Category entries are judged by a 5-7 person panel and scored 0 – 100 by each judge, category by category. The highest average scores for each category are then reviewed by that category’s judges to determine finalists and winners.

Award Process

First, Second and Third place may be awarded for each category when minimum scoring criteria are met.

Merit Book designation may be given to an entry attaining the minimum required score for award consideration but not earning a place award.

The Awards Committee reserves the right to restrict or eliminate awards in any category where entries do not meet minimum scoring criteria.  Duplicate Awards may be given in case of tie scores in any category. 

How To Enter:

Step 1: Visit our registration site here: (Note: The CIPA EVVY Registration site is NOT part of this website.)

Step 2:

You will need to send two (2) books per category plus one extra for each category entered.

Please print out your confirmation email for each category and circle the category for that book (example, if you’re entering a book in memoirs and inspirational/motivational, then you would circle “memoirs” and place that in one set of books and circle “inspirational/motivational”  and place that in the other set of books).

Send books to
c/o CIPA EVVY Awards
3361 W. Monmouth Ave.
Englewood, CO 80110

For questions, please contact Dr. Patricia Ross at

General Submission Guidelines

Do not send extraneous materials (press kits, bookmarks, etc.) or entries displaying indications of other awards.

If your book is only published in audio book format, then you may submit the electronic files only. However, if your book is produced in both print and electronic format, then you MUST submit print books for judging.

CIPA EVVY Awards is not responsible for loss or damage to any entry.  All entries become the property of CIPA EVVY Awards and will not be returned.  However, authors may pick up their book at the end of the awards ceremony if it is available.

All print books not claimed by authors remain in the possession of CIPA EVVY Awards and will be donated to various charitable literacy organizations through the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Public Charity.

Complete Book Submission Form:

Once you have purchased your award entry fee and categories you must complete the Book Submission Entry Form.

Upload Book Cover Art:

You must send CIPA EVVYs a copy of your book cover art. When you win an award your book cover appears on your award certificate.

Upload a jpeg file of your book cover at the link above. The file needs to be 300 dpi. Minimum width of the cover file should be 1500 pixels. Name your file with the book title. (Example: booktitle.jpg)

For the Editing Category - Sample Edits Must Be Submitted:

In addition to providing a printed copy of the finished book for this technical category, you must also submit two versions of a chapter of the book - a "before edit" chapter and an "after edit" version of the same chapter. The before and after files should be in Word (doc. or docx.) or pdf format with the edits visible, including editor notes. Use the upload link on the entry page to upload your editing samples. The book must also be entered in a regular category to be considered for the editing award.

Book Submission Guidelines

Print Books:

  1. Print a copy of the confirmation email
  2. Include printed confirmation email sheet above in each book you send. VERY IMPORTANT!
  3. Send 3 books for the 1st category and 2 more books PER additional category you enter. (Technical categories require only 1 additional book PER technical category.)
  4. With the volume of submissions, you will not receive a confirmation of delivery. We recommend you verify delivery by adding tracking to your shipment.
  5. Watch our CIPA EVVY updates on

Number Of Print Books To Send:          

  • All CIPA EVVY submissions must send three (3) print books.
  • For each additional Regular category entered, you must send an additional two (2) books.
  • For each Technical category entered, you must send one (1) book.

Example: Author Ollie is entering two books into the CIPA EVVY's during Early Bird Registration.

Book A entered in only 1 category: Fiction (3 copies). So he sends 3 print copies of Book A.
Book B entered in 4 categories: Fiction (3 copies) + Young Adult (2 copies) + Science Fiction (2 copies) + Cover Design (1 copy) = 8 print copies of Book B to be sent.

Total physical books sent in by Author Ollie = 3 print copies of Book A + 8 print copies of Book B.

Send Books To:

3361 W. Monmouth Ave.
Englewood, CO 80110

For questions, please contact Dr. Patricia Ross at

DO NOT send books with a receiving “signature required.” 

We strongly recommend you include tracking in your delivery. Due to the volume of entries, we are unable to acknowledge receipt of your shipment.

Audio Books:

DO NOT UPLOAD YOUR ENTIRE AUDIOBOOK. You will be sending us promo codes from Audible so our judges can download the audiobooks to their preferred device.

Important. Include the name of your book title in the file name.