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Firecracker Awards


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.

The 2017 Finalists have been announced! Click here details.

Submissions for the 2018 awards will be open in October 2017. View full guidelines here.

Previous Winners:

2016 Firecracker Awards

2015 Firecracker Awards

The Firecracker Awards are sponsored by



Best Practices for Literary Web Design

feat. Bud Parr, April 13 2017

Press Fest! Table Registration

2017 Registration for Publishers

CLMP & SPD Annual Publisher Meeting

Wednesday, February 8 2017

Selling and Negotiating Literary Rights

feat. Sandy Hodgman, Jan 26 2017

E-Books 101

feat. Dan Visel, Dec. 6 2016


November 21, 2017


For NYS Non Profit Publishers

Special Sales & Distribution

feat. Sharon Gallagher, Sept. 20

Legal Clinic

feat. Jon Fine, Sept. 13