About TopShelf Magazine

Over the 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 receives well over 50,000 visitors and over a quarter-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 2,500,000 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 2,500,000 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.


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

One lucky winner will be featured on the cover of the 2019 Holiday Edition of TopShelf Magazine and will have a two-page spread devoted to them with an author interview, a review of the winning book, and a full-page ad (designed by our team). The winner will also receive a (USD) $1,000.00 cash prize, premium marketing consultation, professional advertisement 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 over (USD) $15,000.00!


1st Place Winners - $2,500 in Prizes to Each!

Each #1 Place Winner from each of our 80 categories will be featured in the 2019 Holiday Edition of TopShelf Magazine, displaying the winning book's cover, a short description, and all necessary book information. The winning books will also receive a review published online at following the 2019 winners are announced. Moreover, the winning books 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) $2,500.00!


Over 300 Finalists - $500 in Prizes to 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. Finalists will also have their book(s) listed on the INDIE DISCOVERIES page at for one full year. This prize package is valued at (USD) $500.00!


Award 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 (while supplies last) and apply them by hand to their books and materials. TopShelf reserves the right to disallow the use of TopShelf Award 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, and badges 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.