The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

Submissions now open for Indie Book Awards 2021

The Booksellers Association is now calling for submissions to the Indie Book Awards 2021, the annual awards curated by independent bookshops and celebrating the best reads of Summer 2021.

Taking place during Independent Bookshop Week (19-26 June 2021), the popular awards comprise four categories: Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children’s Fiction and Picture Book. Publishers can submit up to three titles per imprint, per category. Deadline for submissions is Monday 15 February 2021.

Publishers are being asked to consider seasonality when putting together submissions, and answer the question: which books will readers want to take on holiday with them and read this summer?

Independent booksellers across the UK and Ireland will create a shortlist of six books per category, to be revealed on Friday 14 May 2021. A judging panel of independent booksellers, authors and industry influencers will then decide on the four winners, to be announced on Friday 25 June 2021, the penultimate day of Independent Bookshop Week.

For more information and to submit your entries, please visit:  or email or

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