CIPA Member News

The 25th Annual “Silver Anniversary” CIPA EVVY™ Awards Banquet was a huge success!

Our master of ceremonies and the keynote speaker was Mark Hardcastle, author of The Symphony of Your Life: Restoring Harmony When Your World Is Out of Tune, a previous 1st Place CIPA EVVY™ Award-winning book. Mark’s inspiring speech about doing the hard things truly exemplified that success only comes to those who persevere.

CIPA’s President, Robert Schram, presented the 2019 Annual President’s Award to Dr. Patricia Ross, Coordinator of the CIPA EVVYs™. Doris Baker, Program Chair and Patricia worked endless hours processing the record number of entries CIPA received this year, lining up judges, sending out books to be judged, coordinating the banquet and all the details along with instituting a new system for cataloging entries and scores.

The banquet was held at the Denver Field House Event Venue which was crowded with excited and gracious authors and publishers anticipating their awards! The atmosphere was filled with introductions, book conversations, referrals and new friendships in the making.

Author Lois Hjemstead, made her way to the stage to accept her 1st place award for her memoir, Abidance: A Memoir of Love and Inevitability. She took a few minutes to thank CIPA and the people who supported her but her main acknowledgment was for her husband of 71 years. She received a standing ovation for her book and her long-lived marriage to Les.
In her gracious blog post, I’m Stunned – and Thrilled she related her excitement of receiving her award and thanked CIPA for the opportunity.

For a complete list of our 2019 CIPA EVVY™ Award winners click here.

CIPA EVVY™ Awards Sponsors

A huge thank you to the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (CIPA ELF) and co-sponsor, Total Printing Systems for their sponsorships this year!

The CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (CIPA ELF) is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt public charity, the purpose of which is to facilitate and support child and adult literacy and education through the resources of independent publishing. CIPA members should consider volunteering to assist CIPA ELF’s eight programs including the Book Benefit, Young Authors League, Senior Storytelling, Classroom Literacy Support, Visiting Authors, Shelter Reading Buddies and Computer Literacy Assistance programs and the CIPA EVVY™ Book Awards. For contributions of funds, new books, school supplies, or other in-kind donations please email CIPA ELF at [email protected] for further information.

Total Printing Systems is a digital book manufacturer offering single to full-color production of covers and interiors in all bind styles. Their niche is short-run book printing using the latest digital technology with high-speed inkjet web and toner presses. All binding is done in-house and they specialize in short-run case binding. Fulfillment, inventory management, and warehousing services are also available. TPS now offers Scodix SENSE™ Variable Density Spot UV which will make your book covers stand out! Visit to experience their Instant Quote pricing tool.

National Accounts Manager: Charlie Tlapa, 630-615-1527, [email protected]


For winning authors who were unable to attend this year’s banquet here’s a link to the photos from the 25th CIPA EVVY™ Awards:

EVVY Stickers

If you won an award and would like to order CIPA EVVY™ Award Stickers click here or you can access our store on the CIPA website.

What are the CIPA EVVY™ Awards

The CIPA EVVY™ Awards is one of the longest-running book award competitions on the Indie publishing scene, now running for nearly 26 years. The annual contest is sponsored by the Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA), along with the CIPA Education and Literacy Foundation (ELF).

The CIPA EVVYs™ receive entries from all over the world, including England, Belgium, South Africa, Russia and Dubai. With a growing number of entries in the nearly 50 categories, the CIPA EVVYs™ continue to provide an excellent way for independent authors to gain recognition for their work.

Save the DATE!

Our first member meeting of the 2019-2020 year is Saturday, September 21st, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 12 noon. You can get the location information and ticket information click here.

Fantastic CIPA Members Only Opportunity: Mountains and Plains Independent Booksellers Association FallCon OCT 10-11, 2019, Renaissance Hotel, Denver, CO

Would you like to get your book in front of 250 booksellers and 150 publishers, wholesalers, distributors, sidelines companies and publisher sales reps at what is in essence a regional Book Expo in your own backyard for just $40?

For the 5th consecutive year as a result of a partnership between CIPA ELF and MPIBA, CIPA members can register to have their book(s) showcased at the CIPA booth in the MPIBA FallCon Show Exhibit Hall on Thursday, October 10th – Friday, October 11th. A VERY limited number of CIPA Member authors will be featured at the CIPA booth with book signings and listed in the MPIBA FallCon Directory for just $95!

Without this special CIPA Member Only program, regular exhibitors’ tables at Mountains and Plains FallCon start at $560 + an additional $100 per author signing. The CIPA ELF partnership with MPIBA provides CIPA members access to this annual book fair at minimal cost in order to give their titles a chance to be seen by hundreds of bookstore buyers and publishing industry professionals.

This is a great opportunity for CIPA members who recently won an EVVY Award!! Showcase your award-winning book with its promotional info at the MPIBA FallCon CIPA booth Oct 10-11!

For information visit the CIPA website here:

Questions? Contact CIPA ELF’s MPIBA FallCon Liaison, Mike Daniels at [email protected]

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