June 25, 2021
2021 SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW CLOSED
The awards ceremony will be virtual for 2021.
A time will be announced in early June and a link will be posted shortly before the ceremony starts on
The Independent Audiobook Awards honors the best in independent audiobook production and performance.
Sponsorship, Graphic Design
Lauri Jo Daniels
Judging Coordinator, Graphic Design, Web Design
Lauri Jo Daniels, Assistant Producer (2019-2020)
Joe Hempel, Co-Chair (2019-2020)
Jamie Walsh, Producer (2019)
Sue Zizza, President, Hear Now Festival
Eligibility of IAA Staff to Enter
The Independent Audiobook Awards is dedicated to preventing any conflict of interest throughout the judging process. Because our coordinators are all part of the audiobook industry, we have agreed upon certain rules concerning our own involvement.
The judging process, which includes coordination of judges, providing scorecards to judges, and tallying final scores, is not accessible by any IAA personnel aside from the judging coordinator and an assistant. Access to the names of our judges and their scores is also restricted. For this reason the judging coordinator and assistant are prohibited from submitting titles of their own, with an exception of books that are narrated by more than one person. In that case the coordinator cannot submit the title themselves and will make their best effort not to be too involved in the judging of that category. Other staff not involved in the award process, including IAA and HearNow leadership, may be nominated for any IAA award.
The final scores and names of judges will remain restricted to others, however the very nature of an award ceremony makes it necessary for the names of finalists and winners to be available to IAA personnel before they are announced publicly.