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Mainstream & Independent Titles Score Top Honors in the 12th Annual International Book Awards

Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House, John Wiley & Son, Palgrave Macmillan, HQ Digital, Hachette Books, New World Library, HCI Press, Red Wheel/Weiser, Forge, Loyola Press, Headline Books, She Writes Press and hundreds of national and international Independent Houses contribute to this year’s Outstanding Competition!

LOS ANGELES – American Book Fest announced the winners and finalists of THE 2021 INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS (IBA) on June 18, 2021. Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 90 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Jeffrey Keen, President and CEO of American Book Fest, said this year’s contest yielded over 2,000 entries from authors and publishers around the world, which were then narrowed down to the final results.

Keen says of the awards, “The 2021 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the world. With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of IBA, this year’s winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the second half of 2021.”

Keen adds, “IBA’s success begins with the enthusiastic participation of authors and publishers and continues with our distinguished panel of industry judges who bring to the table their extensive editorial, PR, marketing, and design expertise.”

More information about the 12th Annual International Book Awards can be found at

American Book Fest covers books from all sections of the publishing industry—mainstream, independent, & self-published. More information can be found at

Congratulations to Headline Books Award Recipients:

Can You Get Our Attention? by Kraig Kann

Gilligan’s Dreams by Dreama Denver

Voices From The Pandemic editor Don Helin

Lean & Luscious Mediterranean by Millie Snyder

What’s So Special About Today? by Kelsey Clark