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Firecracker Awards

Submissions to the 2017 Firecracker Awards are now open.


The Firecracker Awards for Independently and Self-Published Literature are a revitalized iteration of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, originally established in 1996.

The Community of Literary Magazines and Presses has once again joined forces with the American Booksellers Association to present the annual Firecracker Awards, devoted to celebrating independent literary publishers and self-published works of high literary merit.

“ABA is excited to see the return of the Firecracker Awards, and enthusiastically supports the efforts of the Community of Literary Magazines and Presses to promote the works of independent literary publishers,” said American Booksellers Association Development Officer Mark Nichols.

Submission for the 2017 Awards are open to books published in 2016. Deadline for all submitted titles is November 21, 2016. View full guidelines here.

Previous Winners:

2016 Firecracker Awards

2015 Firecracker Awards

The Firecracker Awards are sponsored by




Writers Conference, Nov. 10 - 11

Politics and Prose

at The NYPL, Oct. 11

Lit Crawl NYC

Match Game, Oct. 1

7th Annual Brooklyn Indie Party

at Greenlight Books, Sept. 16

Hundreds in Hudson

at the 1st Read & Feed


at Basilica Hudson, July 30

Poets Read Fiction

at Berl's Brooklyn Poetry Shop, May 17