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Guidelines

GUIDELINES

Submissions for the 1st Annual Self Ink It Awards will begin on January 1, 2022.

We look forward to celebrating your wonderful books!

All entries must be postmarked by February 28, 2022. Finalists will be announced in June of 2022.

Winners will be announced in July 2022.

Submit My Book
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ENTRY FEES & DEADLINES

$15 per book entry (2nd category free)

$10 per entry for book cover only

  • All payments must be in U.S. Dollars.

  • Titles self-published with 2019, 2020, or 2021 copyright or that were released between January 1, 2019, and January 31, 2022. 

  • Must be 13 years old 

  • Your book can be submitted for 2 categories per book entry.  Be sure to place a copy of the submission form in the book

  • Must have an ISBN and be available on Amazon.com and/or other online bookstores or authors' websites to purchase. 

  • Must be available for sale by the contest deadline.

  • All entries must be received by February 28, 2022.

  • Finalists will be notified in June 2022. Winners will be announced in July 2022 via live stream.

  • All submissions are final.

  • There are no refunds.

NOTIFICATIONS & DEADLINES OF WINNERS & FINALISTS

A confirmation email will be sent for your entry once the book has been processed. Self Ink It will announce the winning entries on our website once the panel completes their review, this will happen shortly after the date for submissions is closed for the year. 

Depending on the volume of entries, it could take up to two weeks to send you a notification that your book was received.

A WORD ABOUT OUR AWARD NOMINATION


Different contests have a variety of nominations. We have structured the Self Ink It Awards (SIIA) so that only one book per category may be selected as the “Winner”, however, there is always more than one book in a category that deserves recognition.  We are committed to celebrating excellence in self-published books so SIIA will also recognize five (5) “Finalists” in each category.

Books recognized as Finalists are exceptional. Deciding on who the Winner and Finalist are often come down to one small factor that the call might have gone either way. Being recognized as a Finalist is a high honor and very competitive, it is something an author should be extremely proud to promote. The number of Finalists reflects the number of entries in a given category. 

Our readers will appreciate our Winners and Finalists as worthy of their attention and their book-buying dollars.

AWARD RULES

Books Eligible

  • The Self Ink It Awards selection panel reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any book.

  • Must be BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color) author and/or illustrator

  • Must be a children’s picture book, easy reader, or middle-grade book. May also include activity and coloring books

  • Self-published with 2019, 2020, or 2021 copyright or that were released between January 1, 2019, and January 31, 2022.

  • Your book must be available for sale by the submission deadline. 

  • All titles must have an ISBN and be self-published

  • Must be in English and available for sale wherever books are sold both on Amazon.com and/or in bookstores or author websites.

  • Legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, must be at least 13 years of age at the time of submission.

  • Fiction or non-fiction

 

Not Eligible

  • Non-BIPOC authors 

  • Explicit content or material

  • E-books 

  • Advanced Reader Copies... book must be published

  • Must not be under a Conventional publishing contract with a major publisher such as Hachette, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Penguin, Random House, or Simon & Schuster. Any big publishing house.

 

Panelist

Unless the panelist gives permission, we do not publish the names of the panelist to respect their privacy. Our selection of panelists will consist of authors, teachers, young readers, parents, and librarians. 

Our Panelist will review all submissions to create a shortlist. The panel will be looking for: 

  • Originality

  • story-telling ability

  • ability to engage the reader

  • transitions, hooks, and pacing

  • movement of the story

  • author’s skill with voice, character, dialogue, narrative, grammar, and punctuation

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Book Submission Requirements

  • Mail one copy of the print version and upload a pdf copy of the published book with your entry.

  • We must receive your physical book by the submission deadline.

  • Put all the categories (limited to 2 per entry) on one Submission Form and be sure to place a copy of the submission form in the book you send in.

  • Unless you receive an email stating you are a finalist or winner, please do not send an email asking for updates. 

  • Self Ink It physical book submissions will not be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. 

  • Submitted books will be donated to local libraries, foster homes, shelters, and/or schools for further use, we do not simply discard them.

 

Book Category (Fiction / Non-Fiction)

  • Children's Picture book  (age 2 to 8)

  • Children's Easy Readers (age 5 to 9)

  • Middle-Grade book (age 8 to 12)

**** Coloring Books, Activity Books, and Book Series are welcomed. 

Additional Awards (chosen by panel and public)

  • Self Ink it Readers Choice Award 

  • Best Book Cover Design 

Winners

  • Receive a cash prize (this could change at the host's discretion and entries)

  • Beautiful Award and a certificate mailed directly to you

  • Digital award badge to display on your website

  • Book featured on Self Ink It award website

  • An announcement in our newsletter

  • Announcements shared on our social media platforms

  • "Award-winning Author" status. Add this to your author website and author bio and your online presence such as social media, etc...

  • Book Review from the judging panel 

Finalist

  • The finalist will digital award badge to display on your website

  • Book featured on Self Ink It award website as a finalist

  • An announcement in our newsletter

  • Announcements shared on our social media platforms

By entering these awards you agree to our terms of service

Submit My Book

Please include proof of payment (via PayPal) with your entry submission.

Mail to:

SabWig Enterprise LLC

C/O SIIA - Book
P.O. Box 5822
Capitol Heights, MD 20791

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