An Indie Comedy and Humor Book Contest? Shirley You Jest!

This first-ever indie book contest awards publicity-based prizes

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Shirley You Jest! Book Awards upholds the belief that laughter can cure what ails ya. Presented by Liz D Publicity & Promotions, the SYJ! contest honors books by self-published and traditionally published independent authors that “deliver the funny.”

The competition is open to fiction and non-fiction books that contain strong comedic and humorous elements. Both digital and print titles with 2011 and 2012 copyright dates are accepted, June 1 – August 1, 2012. SYJ!’s panel of first round and finalist judges consists of well-read authors, humor writers, bloggers and book clubbers. Judging criteria include the quality of “the funny,” story structure, literary content and writing style.

On National Author’s Day (November 1, 2012), Shirley Awards will be presented to the top two entries in each fiction and non-fiction category. Winners receive exposure from SYJ! prize sponsors, such as author interviews, book reviews and social media mentions. The list of participating US, Canadian and UK prize sponsors include: Humor Times, Underground Book Reviews, Book Guys, Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community, Morgen Bailey’s Writing Blog, Author Groupie, A Cup of Coffee and a Good Book, All Fooked Up, The Paperback Pursuer, Indie Author News, Mercurial Musings, The Humor Columnist, WriteHook, The Lenny and John Show, Conversations LIVE Radio and Conversations Magazine.

Entry fee is $50. For contest details and official entry form, visit