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Shelf Media Group

Shelf Media Group is the publisher of Shelf Unbound indie book review and Podster, a magazine for podcast listeners, as well as host of the annual Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition and the Podster “Best Undiscovered Podcast” Competition. Shelf Media’s Podcast Network features interesting conversations about books and the arts. Shelf Media is the 2015 and 2016 Maggie Award Winner for Best Digital Magazine.

Shelf Unbound

Shelf Unbound indie book review magazine features the best of small press and self-published books.


Podster is a magazine for podcast listeners and serves as a curator for the best of known and unknown podcasts.

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Shelf Media Group's digital young adult community designed to connect readers with YA authors and books.

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Our 2020 Awards Are Now Open For Submissions!

Call For Entries

Shelf Unbound book review magazine announces the Shelf Unbound Writing Competition for Best Indie/Self-Published Book. Any indie/self-published book in any genre in 2019 or 2020 is eligible for entry. Entry fee is $100 per book. The winning entry will be selected by the editors of Shelf Unbound magazine.

To submit an entry, mail a paper copy or email a PDF of your entire book, including the cover, to contest@shelfmediagroup.com, subject line Contest Entry, and send a check for $100 made out to Shelf Media Group to Sarah Kloth, Shelf Media Group, 2234 Patrick Lane, Waukesha, WI 53188. All entries received (and entry fee paid) will be considered.

The top five books, as determined by the editors of Shelf Unbound, will receive editorial coverage in the December / January issue of Shelf Unbound. The author of the book named as the Best Self-Published book will receive editorial coverage as well as a year’s worth of full-page ads in Shelf Unbound.

The competition also included the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book, open to fiction and non-fiction sports-related books, in honor of Pete Delohery, author of the novel Lamb to the Slaughter. The winner of the Pete Delohery Award for Best Sports Book will receive $1,000.

The deadline for entry is 11:59pm on September 30, 2020. The winners will be notified by November 5, 2020.

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