2015 DIY Book Festival

LOS ANGELES _ The 2014-2015 DIY Book Festival has issued a call for entries for its 13th annual program celebrating the success of independent authors and publishers.

The 2014-2015 DIY Book Festival has issued a call for entries for its 13th annual program celebrating the success of independent authors and publishers.

To celebrate its long success, the 2014-2015 DIY Book Festival has no entry fee for submissions.

The DIY Book Festival will consider self-published or independent publisher non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children’s books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography/art, comics/’zines, compilations/anthologies, unpublished stories, poetry, business and spiritual/religious works published on or after Jan. 1, 2010.

All entries must be in English and have been self-published or issued by an independent publishing house. *** Please note that print-on-demand (POD) authors with CreateSpace, iUniverse, PublishAmerica, Infinity Publishing and other outlets are eligible for the competition.

Our grand prize for the 2014-2015 DIY Book Festival is a $500 appearance fee and a flight to the awards ceremony, to be held March 6-7 in Los Angeles as part of the 14th DIY Convention: Do-It-Yourself in Film, Music & Books.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel of industry experts using the following criteria:

  • General excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story.
  • The unique use of guerilla marketing tactics to reach a wider audience. This includes innovative marketing, merchandising, publicity tactics and other innovative methods of reaching an independent audience.

ENTRIES: Please classify your book and enter it in following categories. Multiple category entries are not allowed, so please choose carefully.

  • Non-fiction
  • Fiction
  • Biography/Autobiography/Memoir
  • Children’s Books
  • Young Adult
  • How-to
  • Cookbooks
  • Science Fiction
  • Photography/Art
  • Comics/’zines
  • Compilations/Anthologies
  • Unpublished Stories
  • Poetry
  • Spiritual/Religious
  • Business

In addition to honoring the top selections in the above categories, The DIY Book Festival will award the following chosen from submissions:

  • DIY Author of the Year-Honors the outstanding book of the competition.
  • DIY Book Design of the Year — Honors outstanding and innovative design.
  • DIY Independent Publisher of the Year-Honors the top publisher based on materials displaying excellence in marketing and promotional materials, as determined by our judges.

FESTIVAL RULES: DIY Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the receipt of their package via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on our web site (www.diyconvention.com). Because of the anticipated high volume of entries, we can only respond to e-mail inquiries. Deadline submissions in each category must be received by the close of business on February 15, 2015. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at www.diyconvention.com or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Please contact our office for fax requests. Applications must be accompanied by a copy of the entry form for consideration, or, in the case of e-book submissions, an e-mail with subject line “2015 E-book Entry” sent to DIYConvention@aol.com.

We’re sorry, but entries must be mailed and cannot be delivered in person to the JM Northern Media offices.
Entry packages MUST include: One copy of the book; Your official entry form or a copy; Any marketing materials you wish to send. Marketing is used as a tie-breaking consideration by our judges.

Entries should be mailed to:
JM Northern Media LLC
attn: DIY Book Festival
7095 Hollywood Boulevard
Suite 864
Hollywood, CA 90028-0893
Phone: 323-665-8080

AWARDS: The DIY Book Festival selection committee reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project. The 2014-2015 DIY Book Festival is part of the DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books, which also produces the DIY Film Festival and the DIY Music Festival.