The Selfies Book Awards were set up in 2018 by BookBrunch to recognise and reward the fantastic work being done by the many highly professional self-published authors working in the UK today.  Sponsored by IngramSpark, and supported by the London Book Fair and Nielsen Book, this exciting new initiative aims to discover new talent and reward the very best self-published titles each year. 

We are delighted to say that the winners of the 2021 Selfies Book awards have been announced:

Adult fiction winner:  The Secret Diary of an Arranged Marriage by Halima Khatun                                                          Adult fiction runner-up:  The Snowdonia Killings by Simon McCleave

Children’s books winner:  My Mum’s A Tiger by Kate Claxton, illustrated by Angela Mayers

Memoir/autobiography winner:  Breakfast at Bronzefield by Sophie Campbell                                                                  Memoir/autobiography runner-up:  A Few Wise Words compiled by Peter Mukerjee

BookBrunch talks to Halima Khatun, winner of the adult fiction category, and Kate Claxton, winner of the children’s category, to ask them about their path to self-publishing success.

The Selfies Book Awards are judged on the following criteria:

  • A fantastic story that entertains and delights the reader
  • A well produced book
  • An enticing cover and blurb that successfully addresses the target audience
  • An effective and creative marketing and publicity strategy that has the potential to achieve great sales

Submission process:

Submissions for 2022 will open in October 2021.


In 2021, the winners each received a prize of £750, a profile in BookBrunch, a winners certificate and other publishing opportunities and packages from IngramSpark.  Shortlisted authors received free entry to the London Book Fair, and the LBF Author HQ.  In addition, one shortlisted author received two free hours of mentoring from the Really Useful Company. 

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