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Shirley You Jest Book Awards

honors books by self-published and traditionally published indie authors that “deliver the funny.” Publicity-based prizes are awarded to the 1st & 2nd place winners.



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"SYJ helped with sales of 'Ketchup is a Vegetable and Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves' by expanding my audience and helping me find new readers."

-Robin O'Bryant, 2012 Shirley LOL non-fiction winner & author of KETCHUP IS A VEGETABLE AND OTHER LIES MOMS TELL THEMSELVES


" Shirley You Jest Book Awards gave me the . . . exposure I needed to garner readers for 'Pickin' Tomatoes' and helped me establish friendships among the other finalists and contest sponsors."

-J.W. Bull, 2012 Shirley LOL fiction winner & author of PICKIN' TOMATOES



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