Our Annual

Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition

Shelf Unbound

About The Competition


Shelf Media hosts the annual Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition for best self-published or independently published book, receiving entries from May 1 to October 1 each year. In addition to prizes, the winner, finalists, and more than 100 notable books from the competition are featured in the December/January issue of Shelf Unbound.

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 11:59 on September 30, 2020. The winners will be notified by November 5, 2020.

Questions?
For any additional questions, please contact Sarah Kloth at contest@shelfmediagroup.com

Contest Entry Fee: $100
Early Bird Discount: $75 (Now – March 30, 2020)

Fill out the form below to enter your book. If you are sending print copies, please upload your cover file and note in the comments that you are sending a hard copy.

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