The national contest is in its 7th year and apparently had a flood of entries.
Here’s a press release about the NIEA contest and a link to its Website:
Not only has the number of entrants increased, but the excellence has risen to a whole new level. Advances in technology and the increase in sophistication of self-publishers has produced a bumper crop of books that stand proudly next those published by mainstream houses. This has created a challenge of unexpected magnitude for the contest judges.
The National Indie Excellence Awards criteria for recognition are stringent and include overall excellence. This award celebrates the highest achievements in self-publishing, a sector of the industry that has grown exponentially in recent years.
For more information and a complete list of the winners and finalists visit www.indieexcellence.com