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Firecracker Awards

Celebrating the best of Independently and Self-Published Literature

The CLMP Firecracker Awards for Independently and Self-Published Literature are a revitalized iteration of the Firecracker Alternative Book Award, originally established in 1996. This distinguished literary awards series spotlights books and magazines making a sparkling contribution to our literary culture, and publishers striving to introduce important voices to readers far and wide.

A national campaign celebrates and promotes our winning titles each year. Working with the American Booksellers Association, we spotlight the Firecracker Awards through Bookselling This Week, and the national Red Box Mailing, which goes out to independent booksellers across the country.

Submissions for the 2018 awards are open until midnight on November 15! View full guidelines here.

Submissions for the 2018 Firecracker Awards opened September 1, 2017 and will remain so until November 1, 2017. Click the link above for details on submitting a manuscript!
We are joined this year by authors, literary magazine editors, staffers at Greenlight Bookstore and Publishers Weekly, and directors of Black Lives Matter and the writing program at The New School.

The Firecracker Awards are sponsored by