The Independent Publisher Book Awards (the “IPPYs”) are intended to bring increased recognition to the thousands of exemplary independent, university, and self-published titles published each year. The awards are open to all members of the independent publishing industry, and to authors and publishers worldwide who produce books written in English and intended for the North American market. Since the inaugural contest in 1996, over 4,500 books have received IPPY Awards, and all the recognition, credibility, and increased sales that a book award can bring. Independent spirit and expertise comes from publishers of all sizes and budgets, and books are judged with that in mind.

Entry for the 2012 IPPYs closed on March 15th. The results were announced last week.

Among the winners was a Peace Corps Writers book:

Peacemaker of the Year
answering-kennedy001Answering Kennedy’s Call: Pioneering the Peace Corps in the Philippines
edited by RPCVs who served in the Philippines from 1961 to 1963
Parker W. Borg
Maureen J. Carroll
Patricia MacDermot Kasdan
Stephen W. Wells
Peace Corps Writers, 2011

Also winning, was:

small-key A Silver Medal In the Travel Essay category
A Small Key Opens Big Doors: 50 Years of Amazing Peace Corps Stories, Volume 3 — The Heart of Eurasia
Edited by Jay Chen (Kazakhstan 2005–08)
Travelers Tales, 2011

Congratulations to all the RPCV Writers!

Just to give you an idea about the size of this competition, here are the number of entries in a few categories:

Photography - 41 entries
Literary Fiction - 126 entries
Wartime Fiction (new this year) - 38 entries
Autobiography/Memoir - 213 entries
History - 87 entries
Poetry - 81 entries
Science - 18 entries
Southeast Non-Fiction - 50
West-Pacific Non-Fiction - 65
Aus/NZ Non-Fiction - 52

On Monday, June 4, 2012, the 16th Annual IPPY Awards will be presented in New York, kicking off the annual BookExpo America convention.

All medalists and their guests are invited at no charge.

What do IPPY winners receive? All IPPY Award medalists will receive a medal, a certificate, and 20 awards seals. Those medalists not attending the New York event will receive the above items by mail.

Here is the results listing PDF:
http://www.independentpublisher.com/2012_IPPY_Awards_Results3.pdf

Online:
http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1534