Sept 17 – Sept 23, 2012 Edition DIY BOOK FESTIVAL CALL FOR ENTRIES

LOS ANGELES _ The 2012-2013 DIY Book Festival has issued a call for entries to its 11th annual competition honoring independent book authors and publishers.

The DIY Book Festival will consider entries in non-fiction, fiction, biography/autobiography, children's books, young adult, how-to, cookbooks, science fiction, photography/art, comics/'zines, poetry, unpulblished works, compilations/anthologies, spiritual/religious and business published on or after Jan. 1, 2009.

All entries must be in English and have been self-published or issued by an independent publishing house.

*** Please note that authors with iUniverse, Createspace, Infinity Publishing and other print-on-demand outlets are eligible for the DIY competition.

Entry forms are available online at or can be faxed on request.

Our grand prize for the DIYBF Author of the Year is $1500 cash and a flight to Los Angeles for our gala awards ceremony in March, 2013 at the Roosevelt Hotel, home of the first Oscars. The event is part of the 12th annual DIY Convention: Do It Yourself in Film, Music & Books.

Submitted works will be judged by a panel of publishing industry experts using the following criteria:

1) General excellence and the author's passion for telling a good story.

2) The unique use of guerilla marketing tactics to reach a wider audience. This includes innovative marketing, merchandising, publicity tactics and other unique methods of reaching an independent audience.

ENTRIES: Multiple entries must be accompanied by a separate fee for each book. In addition to honoring the top selections in the above categories, The DIY Book Festival will award the following chosen from submissions:

1) DIY Author of the Year-Honors the outstanding book of the competition.

2) DIY Book Design of the Year – Honors outstanding and innovative design.

3) DIY Independent Publisher of the Year – Honors the top publisher based on materials displaying excellence in marketing and promotional materials, as determined by our judges.

FESTIVAL RULES: DIY Book Festival submissions cannot be returned. Each entry must contain the official entry form, including your e-mail address and contact telephone number. All shipping and handling costs must be borne by entrants.

NOTIFICATION AND DEADLINES: We will notify each entry of the receipt of their package via e-mail and will announce the winning entries on our web site ( Because of the anticipated high volume of entries, we can only respond to e-mail inquiries.

Deadline submissions in each category must be postmarked by the close of business on January 25, 2013. Winners in each category will be notified by e-mail shortly after the final entry deadline. Please note that judges read and consider submissions on an ongoing basis, comparing early entries with later submissions at our meetings.

TO ENTER: Entry forms are available online at or may be faxed/e-mailed to you. Applications must be accompanied by a non-refundable entry fee via check, money order or PayPal online payment of $50 in U.S. dollars for each submission. Multiple submissions are permitted but each entry must be accompanied by a separate form and entry fee.

Entry fee checks should be made payable to JM Northern Media LLC. We're sorry, but entries must be mailed and cannot be delivered in person or by messenger services to the JM Northern Media offices.

Entry packages should include one copy of the book; any relevant marketing material; your official entry form or a copy; and the entry fee or receipt. Entries should be mailed to:

JM Northern Media LLC

attn: DIY Book Festival

7095 Hollywood Boulevard

Suite 864

Hollywood, CA 90028-0893

Phone:  323-665-8080

AWARDS: Winners of the 2012-2013 DIY Book Festival will be honored at a gala ceremony held in Los Angeles. You do not need to be present to accept your award or accompanying prizes.