"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
—Muriel Rukeyser

Congratulations to Story Merchant Books Winning Authors!




LOS ANGELES, CA—Story Merchant is proud to announce the 2021 Independent Press Awards acknowledges nine of our authors, both those represented by Story Merchant or published through our imprint, Story Merchant Books.

Congratulations to the following Story Merchant authors for these awards:

444 Days: Memoirs of a Hostage Wife by Marge German; Winner in the MEMOIR category

The Bronx Stagger by Daniel P. Moskowitz; Winner in the CROSS-GENRE category


The Danger Game by Ian Bull; Distinguished Favorite in the ACTION/ADVENTURE category

The Gift from Fortuny by Terry Stanfill; Distinguished Favorite in the WOMEN’S FICTION category

Grizzly Justice by April Christofferson Distinguished Favorite in the WESTERN FICTION category

Inside the Lie by Gary Wenkle Smith; Distinguished Favorite in the CRIME FICTION category

Irrational Fears by Lee Lindauer; Distinguished Favorite in the THRILLER category

Japanese In-Law: Words and Phrases for Day-to-Day Living by Kenneth Atchity and Keisaku Mitsumatsu; Distinguished Favorite in the REFERENCE category

A Potter's Tale by Dave Davis; Distinguished Favorite in the SCIENCE FICTION category

The INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD recognizes over 200 Book Award Winners and Distinguished Favorites in its annual book competition. The competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, including publishers, writers, editors, book cover designers and professional copywriters. Selected award winners and distinguished favorites are based on overall excellence. 

In 2021, the INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD had entries worldwide.  Participating authors and publishers reside in countries such as Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Japan, Singapore, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and others.  In addition, books submitted included writers located in U.S. cities such as Atlanta to Santa Fe; Chicago to New York; from Boise to Honolulu, and others. 

"We congratulate this year's 2021 winners and distinguished favorites in the annual INDEPENDENT PRESS AWARD.  The quality and quantity of excellent independently published books hit a record.  Independents recognized are thriving around the globe.  We are so proud to announce these key titles representing global independent publishing." said awards sponsor Gabrielle Olczak.

 For more information, please visit independentpressaward.com; and to see this year's list of IPA Winners and Distinguished Favorites, please visit the website pages:


2021 WINNERS: 






Story Merchant – representing stories to traditional publishing as well as to Film and TV in Hollywood


Story Merchant Books – Direct-publishing new voices


 To request a review copy or inquire about an author interview, please email atchity@storymerchant.com

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