The Southern Pen Book Shop's

2020 Georgia Independent Author of the Year Awards


Submissions accepted

to June 15, 2020 

The Southern Pen Book Shop is proud to announce submissions for the Second Annual Georgia Independent Author of the Year Awards will open on September 01, 2019.  This award is for Georgia authors that have published their works through self-publishing, hybrid publishing, vanity, and small press. Books must have a published date between January 01, 2019 and December 31, 2019.  Awards will be presented at an awards banquet. The date, time, and location of the banquet has not been determined at this time. 

This award is not affiliated with the Georgia Writer's Association, Georgia Author of the Year Award, or any writer's groups and/or clubs.


Please review the full guidelines for complete contest details.

What books can be submitted?

There are multiple categories to select.  All entries must be published between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.  This award is to recognize the self-published and independent author of Georgia.  We do not accept submission published through traditional press.  If your book was traditionally published, we refer you to the Georgia Writers Association award, Georgia Author of the Year.

What are the required materials?

  • The submission form 

  • 50.00 entry fee

  • 2 Physical Copies of your book mailed to The Southern Pen Bookshop's Office address (These copies will not be returned to the author)

Is there a limit on the number of submissions per category by an author?

Yes.  There is a 1 title minimum per author per category.  A title can be entered in only 1 category. 

How are the submissions judged?

Each category will have a minimum of 2 judges.  Judges are volunteers and not associated with any of TBI Communications entities.  TBI Communication is the parent company for Tori Bailey Ink, Turnip Press Publishing, and The Southern Pen Bookshop. No employees, authors, or family members of any of TBI Communication entities can participate in the capacity of a judge.  

Submission Deadline:

Extended June 15, 2020

When will the winners be announced?

Date, Time, and Location to be determined

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