Celebrating the Best of Independently Published Literature
The CLMP Firecracker Awards for Independently Published Literature celebrate books and magazines that make a significant contribution to our literary culture and the publishers that strive to introduce important voices to readers far and wide. Prizes are awarded in the categories of Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Magazine/General Excellence, and Magazine/Best Debut.
A national publicity campaign spotlights and promotes our winning titles each year. In partnership with the American Booksellers Association, the Firecracker Award winners are announced in Bookselling This Week and promotional materials, including a press release, shelf-talkers, and more, are sent to over 500 independent booksellers across the country. Winners are also promoted in CLMP’s newsletters, on our website, and through a dedicated social media campaign.
Submissions to the 2020 Firecracker Awards will be accepted from September 16 to October 31, 2019.
Finalists will be announced in spring 2020; the winners will be announced at the Firecracker Awards ceremony in June 2020.
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Fiction: Little Fish by Casey Plett, published by Arsenal Pulp Press
Creative Nonfiction: The Leftovers by Shaelyn Smith, published by Cleveland State University Poetry Center
Poetry: City of the Future by Sesshu Foster, published by Kaya Press
Magazine/General Excellence: Zyzzyva
Magazine/Best Debut: Aster(ix)
Lord Nose Award: Lee Ann Brown & Tender Buttons Press