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Next Generation Indie Book Awards — Entries are now being accepted for the 2022 Awards

Category Details · Children's/Juvenile (Fiction)

This genre is targeted to youth in upper elementary school grades—and perhaps middle school—with readers able to tackle more complex books. Topic frequently focus on the challenges of making or keeping friends, exploring the bigger world as characters are transitioning from earlier childhood years to their early teens, and more. Genres within them can include sci-fi, fantasy, historical fiction and more.

Why you should enter your book into the Next Generation Indie Book Awards

Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Children's/Juvenile (Fiction) Category

Next Generation Indie Book Awards is the largest international awards program for indie authors and independent publishers. When you submit your book for this contest, it can be considered for cash prizes, awards, exposure, representation by a leading literary agent, and recognition as one of the top independently published books of the year!

Here's what makes this contest unique. ALL entry fees go back to winners and finalists. This includes through cash prizes; medals, trophies, and certificates; the awards ceremony; the running of the program; and the ongoing promotion of the winners and finalists.

From August 10 through February 11, 2022, you can enter your Children's/Juvenile (Fiction) book with a copyright date of 2020, 2021 or 2022.

About the Children's/Juvenile (Fiction) Competition

In its fifteenth year of operation, the Next Generation Indie Book Awards was created to honor the most exceptional independent books being published today. This awards program recognizes indie authors and independent publishers for their incredible work and contributions to the literary world. It's presented by the Independent Book Publishing Professionals Group in cooperation with Marilyn Allen of the Allen O'Shea Literary Agency.

More About Who Qualifies to Submit

This competition is open to all indie publishers, no matter the size, for books written in English. This includes university presses, self-published authors, and e-book authors who are based in the United States, Canada, or elsewhere internationally. It includes first-time authors, well-seasoned authors, and those in between. The book must be released in 2020, 2021 or 2022, with one of those years as the copyright date.

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About the Children's/Juvenile (Fiction) Awards

Awards for winners and finalists of the Next Generation Indie Book Awards are as follows:

  • $1,500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the best Fiction Book
  • $1,500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the best Non-Fiction Book
  • $750 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the second best Fiction Book
  • $750 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the second best Non-Fiction Book
  • $500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the third best Fiction Book
  • $500 Cash Prize and trophy awarded to the third best Non-Fiction Book
  • $100 Cash Prize and a Gold Medal awarded to the winner of each of the 80+ categories
  • Finalist Medals will be awarded to up to five finalists in each of the 80+ categories

In addition, winners and finalists will be listed in the Next Generation Indie Book Awards Catalog. This catalog will be sent to thousands of book buyers, media, and more. Names of winners and finalists will be listed online for an entire year, helping each of them to potentially benefit from increased revenue through this ongoing online exposure.

Plus, winners and finalists will be invited to our special Gala Awards Reception and provided with gold sticker awards that highlight their recognition. The first ten are complimentary, with more information about the stickers available here.

Children's/Juvenile (Fiction) Prizes Include Possible Representation

The top 70 books in the 2022 competition will be sent to New York literary agent Marilyn Allen of Allen O'Shea Literary Agency or one of her co-agents for possible representation (unless the person prefers not to have this happen). Allen has more than 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including the following:

  • serving as Senior Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Director of Marketing for Harper Collins
  • directing sales and marketing teams for Simon & Schuster, Penguin Books and Avon Books
  • working with many best-selling authors including Stephen King, Ken Follett, Barbara Kingsolver, John Gray, Mary Higgins Clark, and many more

It can be extremely difficult to get the attention of a leading New York literary agent or major publisher. They're swamped with requests, which means that many books of quality never get seen by them. Among the Children's/Juvenile (Fiction) prizes, though, include this very opportunity for top winners.

If Allen or a co-agent decides to represent you, this can generate additional revenue for your book through distribution channels, foreign rights, film rights, and other rights.

Announcements of Children's/Juvenile (Fiction) Awards

Winners and finalists will be notified of their placement by the end of May 2022. Other participants will not receive a notification but a complete list of winners and finalists will be available at www.IndieBookAwards.com by the end of June 2022.

Each category winner will also receive a written review from the judge.

The rest of the participants will not receive a review.

If Children's/Juvenile (Fiction) Prizes Are Not Won

When a book is not selected, it's often because there was plenty of outstanding competition in the category. Winners of a Next Generation Indie Book Award really are the cream of the crop.

Other times, a book may not be chosen because it didn't fit the category as well as it should. Still other times, more editing may help.

Resubmitting to Our Children's/Juvenile (Fiction) Contest

If you've entered a book in a previous Next Generation Indie Book Award competition, and would like to resubmit it in 2022, you may do so if it meets two guidelines:

  • The publishing/copyright dates still fit the parameters
  • You submit it in a different category

If you've revised a book that was published years ago — altering it by at least 10% — then you can submit it under the new release/copyright date.

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Submit to Our Children's/Juvenile (Fiction) Contest Today!

You’ve worked hard on your book — earn the recognition you deserve. We wish you the best of luck in winning one of our Children's/Juvenile (Fiction) awards in 2022!

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