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About TopShelf Magazine

Over the last few years, TopShelf Magazine has worked hard to build a powerful brand––a name booksellers, librarians, authors, and book-lovers can trust. We offer our readers invaluable marketing advice, professionally written trade reviews of the latest indie and traditional books, exclusive and thought-provoking author interviews, book spotlights, indie discoveries, and more. And we could not be prouder of the response we’ve been receiving from booksellers, readers, and some of the world’s most acclaimed authors. Just spend a few moments on our testimonials page and you’ll see what we mean. Our website currently receives over 50,000 visitors and nearly a quarter of a million page-views each month. Moreover, we are amassing an army of social media partners who retweet and share our Twitter and Facebook posts on a daily basis. With this level of web traffic combined with a social media reach of around 2,000,000 followers, TopShelf is an excellent mouthpiece for your book.


About the TopShelf Indie Book Awards

So, what is the purpose of the TopShelf Indie Book Awards? Simple. We want to use the powerful brand we’ve been building to raise awareness of the best indie authors and books––not just to readers, but to our growing list of booksellers and librarians from around the globe. Every single book that gets entered into the TopShelf Indie Book Awards will be seen by booksellers, librarians, authors, agents, publicists, reviewers, readers, and more––thousands of some of the most influential, most important people who could ever get ahold of your book. Moreover, our ever-expanding network of social media partners currently reach about 2,000,000 people, and our promotions fetch over a quarter of a million impressions each month, with thousands of engagements. Booksellers will be paying close attention to the results of this contest, and the winners will be promoted heavily to booksellers, librarians, and readers on a scale you likely have never seen before. This is the contest that could put you on the map.


Benefits of Entry

First and foremost, every single book that gets entered into the TopShelf Indie Book Awards get promoted online at on the INDIE DISCOVERIES page and gets regular mentions across our social media network. Depending on when you submit your book, this FREE benefit just for entering is valued at up to (USD) $700.00!


Grand Prize - $15,000 in Cash & Prizes!

One lucky winner will be featured on the cover of the 2018 Holiday Edition of TopShelf Magazine and will have a two-page spread devoted to them with an author interview, a review of their winning book, and a full-page ad (designed by our team). This winner will also receive a (USD) $1,000.00 cash prize, premium marketing consultation, professional ad design services, full-page ads run in every issue of TopShelf Magazine for a full year (one ad per issue), Premium Book Spotlights, social media, and email marketing, and we will submit their winning book to at least one New York Times and/or USA Today bestselling author for a book blurb endorsement––a prize package valued at well over (USD) $15,000.00!


1st Place Winners - $3,000 in Prizes!

Each #1 Place Winner from each of our 65 categories will be featured in the 2018 Holiday Edition of TopShelf Magazine, displaying their winning book's cover, a short description, and a blurb endorsing the book by TopShelf! The winning book will also receive a full trade review published online at Moreover, the winning book will be spotlighted online at and promoted across our social media network for one full year. This is a prize package valued at over (USD) $3,000.00!


Over 300 Finalists - $1,000 in Prizes Each!

Each category will have up to 5 Finalists (based on the total number of entries in each category). All Finalists will be listed in the holiday issue of TopShelf Magazine under the category(ies) they are being awarded for. Finalists will also have their winning book(s) listed on the INDIE DISCOVERIES page at for one full year. This prize package is valued at over (USD) $1,000.00!


Award Stickers & Badges

All Winners and Finalists earn the right to display the TopShelf Indie Book Awards badge on their blog, book cover, website, marketing materials, etc. They can incorporate it into their designs before printing, or they can order stickers from TopShelf and apply them by hand to their books and materials. TopShelf reserves the right to disallow the use of TopShelf Award stickers or graphics on any book other than the winning book, unless the winning book has been reprinted with a new cover or new materials that TopShelf finds inappropriate for their brand. TopShelf reserves the ULTIMATE right to deny the use of their brand, graphics, badges, and stickers for any use, on any book, in any case, forever.







TopShelf reserves the right to update the terms of this or any TopShelf contest without notice.