Foreword Reviews

TRAVERSE CITY, Michigan: June 17, 2020—Foreword Reviews, a book review journal focusing on independently published books, announced the winners of its INDIES Book of the Year Awards today. The awards recognize the best books published in 2019 from small, indie, and university presses, as well by self-published authors. You can view all of the winners here:

“For a couple of months a year, our editorial team gathers together for the collaborative work of reading through the thousands of worthy INDIES submissions we receive, whittling categories down to the few books that best represent the spirit and potential of independent publishing,” says Managing Editor Michelle Anne Schingler. “The task of judging books is never easy—our impulse, as readers, is to embrace all titles—but it’s work that we take seriously, as do the librarians and booksellers who further narrow the categories after us.

“The end result are short lists of winners that represent the best of the best—independent titles that you absolutely should not miss. In these troubled times of tremendous change, we hope that you’ll find these selections inspiring—a reminder of what we’re all working toward together.”

Over 2,100 entries were submitted in 55 categories, with Foreword’s editors choosing approximately 9 finalists per genre. Those finalists were then delivered to individual librarians and booksellers tasked with picking the Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention winners.

Foreword editors also selected Editor’s Choice winners in nonfiction and fiction. Evidence of V, a Rose Metal Press title by Sheila O’Connor, was named the fiction honoree; and No Friend but the Mountains—by Behrouz Boochani, House of Anansi—was honored as the winner in nonfiction.

Europa Editions was named the INDIES’s Publisher of the Year. “For the past fifteen years, Europa Editions has shown a commitment to bringing the best of world literature to English-reading audiences,” says Schingler. “Their virtuosic titles continue to surprise readers and test the boundaries of genres. In a time when it’s more important than ever to recognize that we’re all part of one interconnected community, we’re proud to name Europa our Publisher of the Year.”


About Foreword Magazine: Since 1998, Foreword Reviews has provided trade book reviews of the best titles from independent presses. In print, and online, its FOLIO award-winning design and editorial content makes the magazine a favorite among librarians, booksellers, and readers—an excellent resource when it comes to purchasing books. Foreword INDIES and the fee-for-review Clarion service complement our online content and print magazine, helping to showcase independent presses and their authors for over 24 years.